Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

UniK: A platform for automating unikernel compilation and deployment

Idit Levine (
11:00am11:40am Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Ballroom E
Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Everyone can benefit from this session

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic computer science knowledge

What you'll learn

  • Understand unikernel basics
  • Explore UniK, an open source project that handles the compilation of libraries and applications for running on a variety of cloud providers and ensures their health


Unikernels, executable images that can run natively on a hypervisor without the need for a separate operating system, are rapidly gaining momentum. To integrate unikernels into the ecosystem, cloud-computing platforms as a service have to provide unikernels the same services they provide for containers.

UniK, a open source orchestration system for unikernels that is a useful tool in the cloud-native application space, handles the compilation of libraries and applications for running on a variety of cloud providers, manages their scheduling, and ensures their health. To provide users with a seamless PaaS experience, UniK is integrated with Docker, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry, as well as IoT-embedded devices and serverless (function, lambda) architectures. Idit Levine offers an introduction to unikernels and UniK and shares live demos of the technology at work.

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Idit Levine

Idit Levine is the founder and CEO of, a Boston-based startup whose mission is to streamline the cloud stack. Solo recently released Squash, an open source platform for debugging microservices applications. Idit has been in the cloud management space for 12 years, working at both enterprise and startup companies. Previously, she was the CTO of the Cloud Management Division at EMC and a member of its global CTO Office, where she and her team introduced successful open source projects for automating unikernels (UniK) and for cross-cluster scheduling (layer-x).