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Call for Papers for Nov. 8 OCP Future Technologies Symposium

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation has announce that the fourth Future Technologies Symposium will be located at the 2021 OCP Global Summit, taking place in person on November 8 – 10, 2021 in San Jose, CA, and virtually! The Symposium will be held on Monday November 8, 2021 as a full-day track on day 0. All attendees for the Global Summit will receive free access to the OCP Future Technologies Symposium. Both events will take place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. The Symposium will continue as poster displays throughout the Global Summit event.

The objective of the OCP Future Technologies Symposium is to bring to the OCP Community a forward-looking funnel of technologies which focus on solving future problems facing the industry, and accelerate productization through partnerships and open source R&D. Also, it is a unique opportunity to expose a generation of up-and-coming, best-in-class students to the professional community for purposes of research, training and recruitment. The Global academic, startup and venture communities are invited to participate, as well as industrial organizations performing cutting-edge research related to data center technologies.

This year, the OCP Symposium invites the authors to submit papers in the following areas:

  • Sustainability and Data Center Efficiency

    • The topics of interest will lead to reducing the carbon footprint of the cloud operators by 2030. Topics can be technology, policy, tools, organizational behaviors, or any other topics associated with carbon reduction and sustainability. The OCP Future Technologies Initiative focuses on building partnerships across our industry and the local governments where we operate to jointly reduce greenhouse gas pollution, like President Biden’s 2030 announcement.

  • Power Delivery and Efficiency

    • Papers of interest are focused on increasing efficiency of these compute, storage, and network systems.  Power efficiency is a common overarching problem from the data center industry and we’d like to hear the best ideas to increase capability while reducing overall power demand in operations.  Scope of this topic starts with power delivery through end node usage.  (Efficiencies examined at the data center or beyond will be included in the ‘Sustainability and Data Center Efficiency’ track.

  • High Performance and Hardware Acceleration

    • We are soliciting papers on new high performance and hardware acceleration technologies.  Scope of this track includes high performance computing, application-specific computing, hardware/software co-design, interconnects, and the underlying enabling technologies.  As performance gains from general purpose processors has slowed, our industry is now leaning towards performance-based systems and acceleration of functional computing – please submit your research and ideas here!

  • Networking

    • This topic area covers all network-related functions. Networking continues to provide optimization opportunities for our industry. Please submit your architecture, fabric, topology, optical, and related networking approaches here!

The Call for Papers will open on May 3, 2021. When the submission platform (FNVirtual) is open, you can find the link to submit here. All submitters will need to create an FNid account to submit a paper for consideration. The Call for Papers will close on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 5pm PST. All papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee and the OCP Symposium Team.

The authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to submit a poster and present their work at the OCP Future Technologies Symposium. Posters will be showcased and available to all attendees during the OCP Global Summit in San Jose, CA. And finally, there will be a $10,000 award paid to the winning submission.

Submission Requirements:​

All papers must be received before the deadline (July 30, 2021) via the online submission form in FNVirtual. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted for review. All submissions must include:

  • Two-page paper with the IEEE two-column conference proceeding format

  • List of authors, including one member (at a minimum) available to travel to the event

  • Original work done by the author(s)

  • Clearly articulate the problem statement

  • Clearly identify the methodology proposed to address the problem

  • Provide a section on the results or findings

Previous submissions, winners and more information can be found here.

About OCP
The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) was initiated in 2011 with a mission to apply the benefits of open source and open collaboration to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center’s networking equipment, general purpose and GPU servers, storage devices and appliances, and scalable rack designs. OCP’s collaboration model is being applied beyond the data center, helping to advance the telecom industry & EDGE infrastructure.

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