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Subject: 15-day Public Review for Virtual I/O Device (#VIRTIO) V1.0 - ends July 28th

OASIS members, 

The OASIS Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) TC members [1] have produced an updated Committee Specification Draft (CSD) and submitted this specification for 15-day public review:

Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
01 July 2014 

This releases includes an HTML file with embedded comment tags for providing feedback. Please see the details under ‘Public Review Period’ below.

Specification Overview:

The goal of the OASIS Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) TC is to simplify virtual 
devices, making them more extensible and more recognizable. 

The purpose of VIRTIO is to ensure that virtual environments and guests have a straightforward, efficient, standard, and extensible mechanism for virtual devices, rather than boutique per-environment or per-OS mechanisms. PCI devices of the VIRTIO family as found in virtual environments are not all that different from physical PCI devices. Treating them similarly allows the guest to use standard PCI drivers and discovery mechanisms. 

The TC made some enhancements to the specification based on the previous round of feedback, and are satisfied that the result is a clearer and more consistently implementable specification. 

Public Review Period:

The public review starts 14 July 2014 at 00:00 GMT and ends 28 July 2014 at 23:59 GMT. The specification was previously submitted for public review [2]. This 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review. Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF file [3]. 

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

To make providing comments more convenient, the file


contains the HTML version of the draft with a “[comment?]” link next to each section heading. Clicking on this link will launch your email application and begin a message to virtio-comment@lists.oasis-open.org with the specific section number and title in the subject line. (For example, “Public review comment for virtio-v1.0-csprd03: 1.3 Terminology.”) Simply enter your comment and click send.

You must be subscribed to the virtio-comment@lists.oasis-open.org mailing list in order to send your comments. Instructions on how to subscribe can be found at https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=virtio.

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable source (Authoritative):



ZIP distribution files (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


Additional information about this specification and the VIRTIO TC may be found on the TC's public home page located at:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be accessed via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of 'Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) Version 1.0', we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) Technical Committee

[2] Previous public reviews: 
30-day public review, 24 December 2014: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201312/msg00013.html
- Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/virtio/virtio/v1.0/csprd01/virtio-v1.0-csprd01-comment-resolution-log.xlsx 

15-day public review, 31 March 2014: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/members/201403/msg00014.html
- Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/virtio/virtio/v1.0/csprd02/virtio-v1.0-csprd02-comment-resolution-log.xlsx

[3] Redlined DIFF file: http://docs.oasis-open.org/virtio/virtio/v1.0/csprd03/virtio-v1.0-csprd03-diff.pdf

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] [4] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/virtio/ipr.php
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