2020 OFA Workshop Call for Sessions

UPDATE: OFA Workshop 2020 – Call for Sessions Extended to 1/24/2020 

March 17-19, 2020
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. 

About the Workshop

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

Deployment Models

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

Fabric Layer

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


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

Management / System Administration

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

Middleware Layer

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

Submit your session proposal via EasyChair:

Proposals must be received by January 24, 2020, 5:00 PM PST. The Technical Program Committee will respond to proposals by February 3, 2020.

We invite you to share the 2020 Call for Sessions flyer with peers and colleagues who may be interested in contributing their expertise to the workshop, as well.

Session Formats

Session proposals are being solicited in any area related to high performance networks and networking software, with a special emphasis on the highlighted 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.

  • Single-Speaker Sessions
    • Generally 30 minutes, allowing exploration of key topics
  • Panels
    • An excellent way to drive debate and discussion
  • Birds of a Feather
    • An opportunity for attendees to compare notes on a particular topic
  • Lightning Talks
    • A fast-moving, free-form discussion (no slides) - onsite sign ups only

Contact with questions.