The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop 2018 is right around the corner and we are excited to announce that Bill Magro of Intel Corporation will kick off the event with a keynote speech, “Software Foundation for High-Performance Fabrics in the Cloud.”

Mr. Magro is an Intel Fellow and Chief Technologist in HPC. In his keynote, Mr. Magro will discuss the growing needs associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Data Analytics workloads in the cloud. These workloads are being fed by a deluge of data emanating from the Internet-connected population of people and things. While autonomous driving will deliver even more data to the cloud, High-Performance computing use is growing in the cloud. More and more cloud workloads now demand high performance from their fabrics, and these workloads are also imposing new requirements beyond those driven by traditional situation and modeling.

This talk will highlight the broadening role of OpenFabrics, in general, and the Open Fabrics Interface, in particular, to rise to the challenge of meeting the emerging requirements and become the software foundation for high-performance cloud fabrics.

The OFA is also excited to announce that it has published the list of session abstracts and agenda for the 2018 Workshop. The workshop program will include a collection of technical sessions covering a variety of critical networking topics, which range from current deployments of RDMA to new and advanced network technologies. This adds to the many new networking and collaborative opportunities available at the 2018 Workshop (details here).  

To view the full list of abstracts and agenda, visit the OFA Workshop 2018 Abstracts and Agenda page.

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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:

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.

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The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) annual Workshop is quickly approaching. Here’s a fast breaking update on the schedule and events being planned for this year.

The Workshop gets underway on Monday evening, April 9 at 6:00 p.m., and wraps up at noon on Friday, April 13. In between, it’s jam packed with opportunities to collaborate, learn, and network with others on the latest technology trends in advanced networks.

We’ve heard the requests from years past for more opportunities for networking and collaboration among attendees, and this year we’ve worked hard to deliver those opportunities. Beginning Monday evening, we’ll be holding a first ever OFA Think Tank designed to focus on a few Grand Challenge problems. The idea is to harness the combined mental horsepower of you, the Workshop attendees, to address these bleeding edge, but very real, issues. Stay tuned for a description of the Think Tank topics to be tackled this year.

We’ve also been aggressive this year in building ‘nests’ for our Birds of a Feather (BoF). A BoF is an ideal forum for gauging community interest in an emerging topic, disseminating information on it, and networking with others who share your interest in that topic. There will be several BoFs held at the Workshop this year on issues ranging from interoperability testing, to Remote Persistent Memory, to programming language extensions to support fabrics.

If that’s not enough, we’re organizing a ‘Meet the Experts’ session where you can spend time with recognized industry leaders in key topics related to fabrics and fabric technology for informal conversations and networking.

And all of that is built on top of the Technical Sessions that have always formed the heart of the Workshop. We’ve received a bumper crop of proposals for Technical Sessions to be presented this year; the Program Committee is at work building those proposals into a powerful agenda.  This year’s focus will be on a dozen or so topic areas ranging from Artificial Intelligence, to Cloud infrastructure, to advanced network APIs and libraries, to remote Persistent Memory and many more.  But the common theme among them all is to explore the role of fabrics in each one. Stay tuned for an announcement of the detailed agenda.

If advanced networks are anywhere in your job description, whether you are a developer or consumer of fabric technology, this Workshop is tailor made for you. 

See you in Boulder. Detailed agenda coming soon.

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs 
Parks Fields - Los Alamos National Lab
Paul Grun - Cray, Inc.



Take advantage of Early Bird registration to the OFA Workshop 2018 before the March 19 deadline. 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:

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.