Due to a high level of interest in presenting at the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop 2018, the OFA has extended the Call for Sessions submission deadline by one week. Proposals are now due by February 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST. The Technical Program Committee will respond to all proposals no later than March 9, 2018.
Sessions are designed to educate attendees on current development opportunities, troubleshooting techniques, and disruptive technologies affecting the deployment of high performance computing environments. The OFA Workshop places a high value on collaboration and exchanges among participants. In keeping with the theme of collaboration, proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions and panels are particularly encouraged.
Suggested session topics, formats, and detailed submission instructions can be found in the Call for Sessions flyer (download here).
Submit your session proposal here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ofaws-2018
We invite you to share the 2018 Call for Sessions flyer with peers and colleagues who may be interested in contributing their expertise to the workshop, as well.
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has published a Call for Sessions for its 14th annual OFA Workshop, taking place April 9-13, 2018, in Boulder, CO. 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. In support of advancing open networking communities, the OFA is proud to announce that Promoter Member Los Alamos National Laboratory, a strong supporter of collaborative development of fabric technologies, will underwrite a portion of the Workshop.
Call for Sessions:
The OFA Workshop 2018 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. Sessions are designed to educate attendees on current development opportunities, troubleshooting techniques, and disruptive technologies affecting the deployment of high performance computing environments. The OFA Workshop places a high value on collaboration and exchanges among participants. In keeping with the theme of collaboration, proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions and panels are particularly encouraged.
The deadline to submit session proposals is February 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. PST. For a list of recommended session topics, formats and submission instructions, download the official OFA Workshop 2018 Call for Sessions flyer.
Early bird registration is now open for all participants of the OFA Workshop 2018. For more information on event registration and lodging, visit the OFA Workshop 2018 Registration webpage.
Dates: April 9-13, 2018
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder, CO
Registration Site: http://bit.ly/OFA2018REG
Registration Fee: $695 (Early Bird to March 19, 2018), $815 (Regular)
Lodging: Embassy Suites room discounts available until 6:00 p.m. MDT on Monday, March 19, 2018, or until room block is filled.
History is littered with giant thinkers who have singlehandedly pushed technology forward. But in the real world, the great leaps occur most often when people collaborate. And that’s the theme for this year’s OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop – “Collaboration”.
The annual OFA Workshop, held this year in Boulder, Colorado, April 9-13, is recognized as the ”go to” event focused exclusively on fabrics and particularly on software for fabrics. This is an engaging gathering designed for people who want to understand and be a part of shaping the latest in fabric technology.
Computer systems consist of many moving parts, but there’s little question that a capable fabric is at the heart of virtually all systems ranging from enterprise and commercial systems, to cloud infrastructures, to systems focused on research and development, to the very largest High Performance Computing systems. The dependency on the fabric only increases as systems scale up in size and capability.
The OFA, with its focus on software for networking, is dedicated to accelerating and supporting the pace of development in fabric technologies. It does this by creating opportunities for collaboration among the developers of such technology and those who rely on fabrics.
This is where the annual OFA Workshop comes in. By bringing together a broad spectrum of participants, the Workshop aims to create a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds to accelerate the development and adoption of fabric technologies through collaboration and problem solving. This community includes people ranging from developers of applications that rely on fabric performance, to network vendors, to those who integrate such systems and the folks who deploy and maintain them. But all of them have a common intersection at the system fabric.
Last February, SNIA hosted its one-day Persistent Memory Summit in San Jose; it was my pleasure to be invited to participate by delivering a presentation on behalf of the OpenFabrics Alliance. The day long program was chock full of deeply technical, detailed information about the state of the art in persistent memory technology coupled with previews of some possible future directions this exciting technology could conceivably take. The Summit played to a completely packed house, including an auxiliary room equipped with a remote video feed. Quite the event!
But why would the OpenFabrics Alliance (the OFA) be offering a presentation at a Persistent Memory (PM) Summit, you ask? Fabrics! Which just happens to be the OFA’s forte.
For several years now, SNIA’s NVM Programming Model Technical Working Group (NVMP TWG) has been describing programming models designed to deliver high availability, the primary thesis for which is simply stated – data isn’t truly ‘highly available’ until it is stored persistently in at least two places. Hence the need to access remote persistent memory via a fabric in a highly efficient, and performant, manner. And that’s where the OFA comes in.
For those unfamiliar with us, the OFA concerns itself with developing open source network software to allow applications to get the most performance possible from the network. Historically, that has meant that the OFA has developed libraries and kernel modules that conform to the Verbs specification as defined in the InfiniBand Architecture specifications. Over time, the suite has expanded to include software for derivative specifications such as RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and iWARP (RDMA over TCP/IP). In today’s world, much of the work of maintaining the Verbs API has been assumed by the open source community itself. Success!
Several years ago, the OFA began an effort called the OpenFabrics Interfaces project to define a network API now known as ‘libfabric’. This API complements the Verbs API; Verbs continues into the foreseeable future as the API of choice for verbs-based fabrics such as InfiniBand. The idea was that the libfabric API would be driven mainly by the unique requirements of the consumers of network services. The result would be networking solutions that are transport independent and that meet the needs of application and middleware developers through a freely available open source API.
So, what does all this have to do with persistent memory? A great deal!