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bhyvecon Ottawa 2020

The second bhyvecon Ottawa will take place Tuesday, June 2nd at the University of Ottawa, a full day before the BSDCan Tutorial sessions. bhyvecon is the only conference dedicated to BSD Hypervisors including FreeBSD/Illumos bhyve, FreeBSD/NetBSD Xen, OpenBSD vmm, and NetBSD Xen/nvmm/HAXM.

Stay tuned for details!


bhyvecon is looking for sponsors to help cover venue costs and ideally to assist with speaker travel. Sponsor today though BSD Fund and contact Michael Dexter for more information. Non-anonymous sponsors will receive recognition on and at the open and close of the event.

No bhyvecon Tokyo 2020

We regret to report that due to a number of factors, there will not be a bhyvecon Tokyo 2020.

bhyvecon Tokyo 2019 Videos

The bhyvecon Tokyo 2019 videos are available on YouTube!

Code of Conduct

bhyvecon is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior of any form. As a BSDCan mini-conference, bhyvecon Ottawa attendess must also observe the BSDCan Harassment Policy.

Please contact Michael Dexter if you have any questions regarding bhyvecon.

Ottawa Travel Tips

The #97 Bus travels between Ottawa airport and passes by the University. A one-way or return ticket can be purchased at the information desk at baggage claim. Rideshares are also an option. Many attendees will be staying at "90U" (map) at 90 University Private, and the venue is the Desmarais building (map) at 55 Laurier Avenue East. The two are a short walk between one another. There is a Starbucks in the Desmarais building and several more options a few minutes away to the right on Laurier.

Previous bhyvecons

bhyvecon Ottawa 2019 talks

May 14th, 2019

  • Welcome and John Baldwin: bhyve status update and debugging options PDF
  • Kamil Rytarowski: NetBSD nvmm HTML
  • Peter Hessler: OpenBSD vmm at and conference tutorials PDF
  • Patrick Mooney: Porting bhyve to SmartOS PDF
  • Chuck Tuffli: NVMe Emulation in bhyve PDF
  • Rodney W. Grimes: bhyve VM_MAXCPUs increase PDF
  • D Scott Phillips: edk2 UEFI firmware with HTTP network boot update PDF

bhyvecon Tokyo 2019 talks

March 20th, 2019

  • Jason Tubnor: Building a virtualisation appliance for OpenBSD and Windows Server with FreeBSD, bhyve, OpenZFS, from challenge, to concept, and production - PDF Video
  • Philipp Buehler: WIP: Adding OpenBSD vmm support to 'packer' - PDF
  • Peter Hessler: WIP: OpenBSD vmm and on
  • Kamil Rytarowski: NetBSD Virtualization Status Report - HTML
  • Mike Larkin: OpenBSD Virtualization Status Report and related Works in Progress - PDF Video
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest Updates: Overview - PDF
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest Updates: Save/Restore - PDF
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest Updates: Timekeeping - PDF
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest Updates: Live Migration - PDF
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest Updates: Block I/O Improvements - PDF

bhyvecon Tokyo 2018 talks

March 9th, 2018

  • Sean Chittenden: FreeBSD/VPC - PDF
  • Sam Gwydir: bhyve zones in SmartOS - PDF
  • Mike Larkin: OpenBSD vmm Update - PDF
  • Marcelo Araujo: bhyve and FreeNAS - PDF

bhyvecon 2018 Work in Progress Reports

  • Mihai Carabas, Maria-Elena Mihailescu, Alexandru Elisei, Darius Mihai: bhyve ARMv8 Update - PDF
  • Philipp Buehler: vmm and Vagrant - PDF
  • Michael Dexter: bhyve and FreeBSD/Xen

bhyvecon Tokyo 2017 talks

March 9th, 2017

  • Roger Pau Monné: FreeBSD/Xen Status Report - PDF
  • Mihai Carabas: FreeBSD bhyve/ARM Status Report - PDF
  • Benedict Reuschling: Browser-based RDP, VNC, & SSH access using Guacamol e - PDF
  • Mike Larkin: OpenBSD vmm/vmd Status Report - PDF
  • Michael Dexter: FreeBSD bhyve/AMD64 Status Report and More - PDF
  • Kristaps Dzonsons: Open discussion: Pledge vs. Capsicum

bhyvecon Tokyo 2016 talks

March 11th, 2016

  • Michael Dexter: A Brief History of BSD Virtualization and a bhyve Update
  • Kris Moore: An introduction to the PC-BSD sysadm/bhyve API - PDF
  • Mike Larkin: OpenBSD vmm Update - PDF
  • Reyk Floeter: OpenBSD vmd Update - PDF
  • Mihai Carabas: bhyve/ARM Update - PDF
  • Roger Pau Monné: FreeBSD Xen x86/ARM Update - PDF

bhyvecon Tokyo 2015 talks

March 12th, 2015

  • Peter Grehan: What's new in bhyve - PDF
  • Allan Jude: An Introduction to bhyveucl
  • Roger Pau Monné: Xen virtualization on FreeBSD - PDF

bhyvecon Tokyo 2014 talks

March 14th, 2014

  • Takuya Asada: Introduction to bhyve – PDFYouTube
  • Peter Grehan: bhyve past, present, future – PDFYouTube
  • Michael Dexter: bhyve Provisioning and Monitoring – PDFYouTube
  • Allan Jude: Depenguinating Your Infrastructure – PDFYouTube
  • Takuya Asada: OSv on bhyve – PDFYouTube
  • Takuya Asada: ruby-virtualmachine – PDFYouTube
  • Yuma Kurogome: Introduction to Qubes OS – PDFYouTube
  • Masaki Muranaka: Mocloudos – PDFYouTube

Tokyo Maps

Tokyo Travel Tips

Foreigners arriving at NRT can buy a discounted Narita Express ticket from Narita airport to various city stations with a day-specific return ticket for 4,000 Yen. Buying these separately will cost more.

For between 10 and 15 USD per day, you can rent a mobile Internet hot spot at the airport. Do not be alarmed if this provides you faster Internet access than you have at your home or office. DO shop around at the various counters at the airports. I saw capped plans for the first time this year but unlimited plans from another provider a few counters down. These providers also offer mobile phones.

To get around town, a Pasmo or Suica card will allow for easy subway and JR train access, plus can be used with some vending machines. There are easy-to-use machines to deposit cash onto your card. Use the card at the turnstiles to enter and exit the stations. Many if not most turnstiles will tell you your balance upon exit. If you fall short, the turnstile will not let you exit but there is an adjacent office where you can adjust your fare. Note that the subway and JR trains are separate. One may be more optimal than the other for many trips. Most rail trips are between 1 and 5 USD but note that Metro and JR lines are very different, despite often having the same station names and similar routes.

There is a currency exchange at each airport but your best option is to use an ATM/Bank Machine at a 7-11 convenience store. These are also a good source of snacks and there are affordable beverage vending machines on most streets.

Food. Tokyo offers Countless choices that can be surprisingly affordable. Do not tip! To do so is to suggest that they are not adequately paid.

Akihabara "Akiba" Electric City. Statistically, by attending AsiaBSDCon, you are a geek. A trip to Akihabara is well worth it. There is an Akihabara train station and if you are pressed for time, simply visit the Yodobashi Camera main store. Their apologies in advance if a certain song gets stuck in your head. From there, the streets and alleys (Map) offer an amazing array of new and vintage electronics. And yes, there is indeed a BSD-themed cafe, the ThinkFactory ThinkPad store, and an ARM/Arduino store.