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OpenStack Birthday Celebrates in Style

BY Kari Fredheim ON Aug 14, 2019

Celebrating its ninth birthday in style meant OpenStack Foundation* festivities in dozens of cities across the globe. The Foundation, which hosts a variety of projects in which Intel participates, is a non-profit founded in 2012 to help people build and contribute in open infrastructure while upholding their four opens of source, design, development, and community.  

Intel helped host three of these celebrations - one in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and two in the United States. 


Shanghai, PRC

Supporters gathered to show their support in Shanghai on July 19. Complete with cake, they sang a lively rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.” The event brought more than 30 attendees from 99Cloud*, China Mobile*, East China Normal University, Intel, the OpenStack Foundation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tongji University, and ZStack*.

Attendees in Shanghai learned about OpenStack history

The Shanghai celebration also included a talk from event co-organizer Ruoyu Ying, who reviewed the history of OpenStack/OpenInfra Summits, and introduced interesting stories behind the names of the corresponding releases. Notable factoids included how OpenStack’s first release was named Austin, after the organization’s hometown. Other releases such as Cactus, Essex, Folsom, and Havana are also named for notable geographic locations. 

Ruoyu also covered the organization’s change in emphasis from OpenStack to Open Infrastructure to reflect the larger ecosystem it now welcomes. Ruoyu noted that the Denver summit held this past April was the first event that used the new name, “Open Infrastructure Summit.”

Qiaowei Ren followed Ruoyu’s talk and delighted the audience with playing the latest WeChat craze, “grabbing the red packet.” Winners were treated to popular Linux* books. 


Winners were treated to popular Linux* books


Portland, Oregon

Not to be outdone, open source enthusiasts in Portland celebrated the Foundation’s birthday July 25 with dinner, refreshments, and special birthday cupcakes. Dozens gathered to hear talks and ask questions from Bia Palmeiro, the Intel Clear Linux* community advocacy manager; Zhaorong Hou, a virtualization software manager who spoke about Project ACRN*; and Eric Ernst, a Kata Container* Architecture Committee member who spoke about Kata Containers. 

The enthusiastic crowd at the Portland OpenStack birthday party


Custom cupcakes added a festive air to the event


Bia’s presentation focused on how to Collaborate and Contribute in the Clear Linux ecosystem. Clear Linux OS is an open source distribution optimized for Intel® Architecture. She invited people to learn how to be part of the community and contribute to the project.

 Bia Palmeiro talks about Clear Linux OS


Zhaorong Hou, spoke about how the booming IoT development requires lightweight hypervisors to easily consolidate ECUs and software with mixed criticalities. He shared the hardware resources with minimal degrading of real-time performance on the same platform and invited attendees to explore more about Project ACRN.

Zhaorong Hou talks about Project ACRN

Intel Senior Software Engineer, Eric Ernst, gave a presentation focused on running container solutions with extra isolation. As adoption has scaled, so have concerns over security implications of using this technology. Kata Containers is a container runtime solution which brings hardware virtualization isolation to the container ecosystem. 

Eric Ernst explaining the container system


Santa Clara, California

That same evening several hours south, the OpenStack Foundation’s birthday was being celebrated as the 3rd annual Cloud Native Open Infra Day by nearly 80 people at the Intel campus in Santa Clara. The attendees were welcomed by organizers before heading into a variety of topics and lightning talks presented by seven speakers.


Presenters and event organizers at the Cloud Native Open Infra Day in Santa Clara, California


Akraino*, Kubernetes*, and Kata Containers were the topics from Intel’s Srinivasa Addepalli, Jonathan Gershater of Red Hat*, and Manohar Castelino and Ganesh Mahalingam, also of Intel. After a break that included cupcakes, Rajashree Mandaogane from Rancher Labs*, and Oksana Chuiko of Portworx* took to the stage for three lightning talks centered around Kubernetes followed by a presentation on burnout from Kateryna Ivashchenko, also of Portworx. 


Cupcakes declaring ‘For the Love of Open” were served at the Cloud Native Open Infra Day in California


About the OpenStack Foundation

Nine years ago the OpenStack Foundation forged its way “to provide an independent home for the OpenStack Cloud operating system,” according to the foundation website. It serves developers, users and all things in the open infrastructure ecosystem. With 105,000 members in 187 countries from 675 organizations, the OpenStack Foundation is one of the largest global open source foundations in the world. Moreover, it’s backed by more than 100 companies including its Gold & Platinum members. 

The OpenStack Foundation has evolved to support more projects with the addition of Airship*, Kata Containers, StarlingX*, and Zuul*.

  • Airship ( is a collection of loosely coupled but interoperable open source tools that declaratively automate cloud provisioning.
  • Kata Containers ( is an OCI* compliant secure container runtime, runs faster than virtual machines and providers more secure environments than containers by isolation.
  • OpenStack ( is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed and provisioned through APIs with common authentication mechanisms. There are more than 30 public cloud providers around the world running on OpenStack. In 2018, there were about 65,000 commits merged into OpenStack upstream. During its Stein cycle, there were 155 changes each day on average. OpenStack is one of the three projects which achieve the level of activity right now. The Linux kernel and Chromium* are the other two projects.
  • StarlingX ( is a fully featured cloud for the distributed edge, tuned for high performance, ultra-low latency applications.
  • Zuul ( is a CI/CD platform specializing in gating changes across multiple systems & applications before landing a patch.



Want to get involved with Open Infrastructure projects, the Clear Linux Project, and Project ACRN? See links below:


OpenStack Foundation and Open Infrastructure


User Groups:

OpenStack OpenInfra PDX: @OpenStackOpenI1

Contributor Portal:



Open Infrastructure Projects




Foundation Mailing Lists:


Clear Linux Project


Twitter: @clearlinux


Source code:


Project ACRN


Twitter: @projectACRN

Source code:

Mailing list:


Kata Containers

Kata Containers:

Twitter: @katacontainers

Mailing Lists: