OFA Workshop 2020 Call for Sessions and Early Bird Registration Now Open

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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. 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. For more information about the OFA Workshop and to find support opportunities, visit the event website.


Session proposals are being solicited in any area related to high performance networks and networking software, with a special emphasis on the topics for this year’s Workshop. Furthermore, the Workshop places a high value on collaboration and communication among participants. In keeping with the theme of collaboration, proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions and Panels are particularly encouraged.

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


The deadline to submit session proposals is January 17, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PST. For a list of Workshop themes, session formats and proposal submission instructions, download the official OFA Workshop 2020 Call for Sessions flyer.

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.


Early bird registration is now open for all participants of the OFA Workshop 2020. For more information on event registration, visit the OFA Workshop 2020 Registration page.

Dates: March 17-19, 2020
The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio
Registration Site:

Registration Fee: $695 (Early Bird to February 25, 2020), $815 (Regular)

Lodging: Information available on the OFA Workshop 2020 Lodging page.


The OFA will again offer its members sponsorship opportunities to promote their support for the OFA Workshop 2020. These sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the OFA Workshop 2020 Sponsorships page for more details.

Please contact press@ with questions related to the Call for Sessions, Registration or Sponsorships.