The speed of containers, the security of VMs

Kata Containers is a new open source project building extremely lightweight virtual machines that seamlessly plug into the containers ecosystem.

Architecture Committee Schedule
(Bi-Weekly Monday Meetings)


Meetings held at 8:00am PST
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • April 30
Meetings held at 5:00pm PST
  • January 22
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 14
Working Committee Schedule
(Bi-Weekly Thursday Meetings)

Dial-In: *

Meetings held at 8:00am PST
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 5
  • May 3
Meetings held at 5:00pm PST
  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 17

What is Kata Containers?

Kata Containers is an open source project and community working to build a standard implementation of lightweight Virtual Machines (VMs) that feel and perform like containers, but provide the workload isolation and security advantages of VMs.

The Kata Containers project will initially comprise six components, including the Agent, Runtime, Proxy, Shim, Kernel and packaging of QEMU 2.9. It is designed to be architecture agnostic, run on multiple hypervisors and be compatible with the OCI specification for Docker containers and CRI for Kubernetes.

Kata Containers combines technology from Intel® Clear Containers and Hyper runV. The code is hosted on Github under the Apache 2 license and the project is managed by the OpenStack Foundation.

Kata Containers Technical Community On-boarding

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