[SeaBIOS] KVM Forum 2018: Call For Participation

Paolo Bonzini pbonzini at redhat.com
Thu May 17 12:52:35 CEST 2018

KVM Forum 2018: Call For Participation
October 24-26, 2018 -  Edinburgh International Conference Centre - Edinburgh, UK

(All submissions must be received before midnight June 14, 2018)

KVM Forum is an annual event that presents a rare opportunity
for developers and users to meet, discuss the state of Linux
virtualization technology, and plan for the challenges ahead. 
We invite you to lead part of the discussion by submitting a speaking
proposal for KVM Forum 2018.

At this highly technical conference, developers driving innovation
in the KVM virtualization stack (Linux, KVM, QEMU, libvirt) can
meet users who depend on KVM as part of their offerings, or to
power their data centers and clouds.

KVM Forum will include sessions on the state of the KVM
virtualization stack, planning for the future, and many
opportunities for attendees to collaborate. After more than ten
years of development in the Linux kernel, KVM continues to be a
critical part of the FOSS cloud infrastructure.

This year, KVM Forum is joining Open Source Summit in Edinburgh, UK. Selected
talks from KVM Forum will be presented on Wednesday October 24 to the full
audience of the Open Source Summit.  Also, attendees of KVM Forum will have
access to all of the talks from Open Source Summit on Wednesday.

Suggested topics:
* Scaling, latency optimizations, performance tuning, real-time guests
* Hardening and security
* New features
* Testing

KVM and the Linux kernel:
* Nested virtualization
* Resource management (CPU, I/O, memory) and scheduling
* VFIO: IOMMU, SR-IOV, virtual GPU, etc.
* Networking: Open vSwitch, XDP, etc.
* virtio and vhost
* Architecture ports and new processor features

* Management interfaces: QOM and QMP
* New devices, new boards, new architectures
* Graphics, desktop virtualization and virtual GPU
* New storage features
* High availability, live migration and fault tolerance
* Emulation and TCG
* Firmware: ACPI, UEFI, coreboot, U-Boot, etc.

Management and infrastructure
* Managing KVM: Libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, etc.
* Storage: Ceph, Gluster, SPDK, etc.r
* Network Function Virtualization: DPDK, OPNFV, OVN, etc.
* Provisioning

Abstracts due: June 14, 2018

Please submit a short abstract (~150 words) describing your presentation
proposal. Slots vary in length up to 45 minutes. Also include the proposal
type -- one of:
- technical talk
- end-user talk

Submit your proposal here:http://events.linuxfoundation.org/cfp
Please only use the categories "presentation" and "panel discussion"

You will receive a notification whether or not your presentation proposal
was accepted by August 10, 2018.

Speakers will receive a complimentary pass for the event. In the instance
that case your submission has multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a
proposal will receive a complimentary event pass. For panel discussions, all
panelists will receive a complimentary event pass.


A good technical talk should not just report on what has happened over
the last year; it should present a concrete problem and how it impacts
the user and/or developer community. Whenever applicable, focus on
work that needs to be done, difficulties that haven't yet been solved,
and on decisions that other developers should be aware of. Summarizing
recent developments is okay but it should not be more than a small
portion of the overall talk.


One of the big challenges as developers is to know what, where and how
people actually use our software. We will reserve a few slots for end
users talking about their deployment challenges and achievements.

If you are using KVM in production you are encouraged submit a speaking
proposal. Simply mark it as an end-user talk. As an end user, this is a
unique opportunity to get your input to developers.


We will reserve some time for people to get together and discuss
strategic decisions as well as other topics that are best solved within
smaller groups.

These sessions will be announced during the event. If you are interested
in organizing such a session, please add it to the list at


Let people you think who might be interested know about your BOF, and encourage
them to add their names to the wiki page as well. Please try to
add your ideas to the list before KVM Forum starts.


If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list
all of your potential panelists in your the abstract. We will request full
biographies if a panel is acceped.


This year's event will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
For information about discounted hotel room rate for conference attendees
at the nearby Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, please visit

Submission deadline: June 14, 2018
Notification: August 10, 2018
Schedule announced: August 16, 2018
Event dates: October 24-26, 2018

Thank you for your interest in KVM. We're looking forward to your
submissions and seeing you at the KVM Forum 2018 in October!

-your KVM Forum 2018 Program Committee

Please contact us with any questions or comments at
kvm-forum-2018-pc at redhat.com

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