Call for Sessions: OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop in March

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The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has published a Call for Sessions for its 16th annual OFA Workshop. The event takes place March 17-19, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

The OFA Workshop is a premier means of fostering collaboration among those who develop fabrics, deploy fabrics and create applications that rely on fabrics. It is the only event of its kind where fabric developers and users can discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address problems that exist today.

The OFA Workshop 2020 Call for Sessions encourages industry experts and thought leaders to help shape this year’s discussions by presenting or leading discussions on critical high-performance networking issues. Session proposals are being solicited in any area related to high performance networks and networking software, with a special emphasis on the topics for this year’s Workshop. In keeping with the Workshop’s emphasis on collaboration, proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions and panels are particularly encouraged.

The 2020 OFA Workshop will focus on the following overarching topics that span the entire network stack:

Advanced Networking from Top to Bottom

Application Layer (Developers & Users)

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Enterprise Applications
  • HPC Applications
  • Data Analytics


  • RDMA Subsystem Internal
  • Core Kernel Related to RDMA Subsystem
  • Virtualized Networks

Middleware Layer

  • Communications Libraries (MPI, SHMEM)
  • Development Kits (SPDK, DPDK, etc.)
  • Libfabric
  • Verbs
  • OFED
  • Kernel Bypass
  • Remote Persistent Memory
Deployment Models

  • Networks for Cloud Infrastructures
  • Networking in a Hyperscaler Environment
  • Network Support for Virtualized Environments

Management / System Administration

  • Managing Networks
  • Management Applications
  • Performance Tuning
  • Heterogeneous Fabrics
  • Interoperability between Adjacent Fabrics
  • Standards-based versus Proprietary

Fabric Layer

  • Emerging Fabrics
  • New Technologies & Topologies
  • Routing
  • Wire Protocols (iWARP, RoCE, etc.)
  • Processor Attach Points (CXL, PCIe, etc.)
  • NIC and Switch Hardware

The deadline to submit session proposals is January 17, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PST. For a list of Workshop topics, session formats and proposal submission instructions, download the official OFA Workshop 2020 Call for Sessions flyer.

Early bird registration is now open for all participants.

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