March 28, 2022
Picking up from where we left in our previous post, we will now install AWS Firecracker and configure Kata Containers to use it as their hypervisor.
Build Firecracker Kata Containers only support AWS Firecracker v0.23.1 (yet). To build Firecracker, we will clone the Github repo and checkout to the 0.23.1 version:
git clone https://github.com/firecracker-microvm/firecracker.git -b v0.23.1 --depth 1 &&\ cd firecracker &&\ git submodule update --init Now we can build the binaries:Read moreMarch 28, 2022
Picking up from where we left in our previous post, we will now install QEMU and configure Kata Containers to use QEMU as their hypervisor.
Build QEMU First, we need to build qemu-system for the CPU architecture of our host machine. Kata Containers provide scripts to manage the build of QEMU both for x86 and arm64 hosts. We will be using them to make sure that our QEMU installation is suitable for usage with Kata Containers.Read moreMarch 24, 2022
Kata Containers enable containers to be seamlessly executed in Virtual Machines. Kata Containers are as light and fast as containers and integrate with the container management layers, while also delivering the security advantages of VMs. Kata Containers is the result of merging two existing open source projects: Intel Clear Containers and Hyper runV.
Kata Containers consist of several components. For amd64 machines, binaries are provided through the formal release process.Read moreJuly 9, 2021
This is the first of a number of posts regarding the orchestration, deployment and scaling of containerized applications in VM sandboxes using kubernetes, kata-containers and AWS Firecracker microVMs. We have gathered some notes during the installation and configuration of the necessary components and we thought they might be useful to the community, especially with regards to the major pain points in trying out recent open-source projects and technologies.
About Orchestration, the Edge, and Kata Containers To manage and orchestrate containers in a cluster, the community is using kubernetes (k8s), a powerful, open-source system for automating the deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications.Read moreDecember 4, 2020
In our previous post we spoke about the potential solutions for deploying serverless offerings with hardware acceleration support. With the increasing adoption of the serverless and FaaS paradigms, providers will need to offer some form of hardware acceleration semantics.
For some time now, Amazon has identifed this as a “compelling use case” for their AWS Firecracker hypervisor which powers the Amazon Lambda service. What is more, they identify traditional techniques for GPU support in VMs such as GPU passthrough comes with limitations and significantly increases the attack surface of the hypervisor.Read more