Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: linux/arch

Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the linux/arch Microconference

The linux/arch microconference aims to bring architecture maintainers in one room to discuss how the code in arch/ can be improved, consolidated and generalized.

Potential topics for the discussion are:

  • reducing code duplication and generalizing the common code in arch/
  • making headers in include/asm consistent
  • on-boarding more architectures to use common entry code
  • devicetree (unless they have their own microconf)
  • identifying old machine support that may be either still in
  • active use vs only in hobbyist/retro-computing vs completely obsolete and broken

Please come and join us in the discussion about improving architectures integration with generic kernel code!

We hope to see you there!

Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: Confidential Computing

Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the Confidential Computing Microconference.

The Confidential Computing Microconference brings together plumbers enabling secure execution features in hypervisors, firmware, Linux Kernel, over low-level user space up to container runtimes.

Good progress was made on a couple of topics since the last year, but enabling Confidential Computing in the Linux ecosystem is an ongoing process, and there are still many problems to solve. The most important ones are:

  • Design and implementation of Intel TDX and AMD SEV-SNP host support
  • Linux kernel memory management changes for secure execution environments
  • Support of upcoming secure execution hardware extensions from ARM and RISC-V
  • Pre-launch and runtime attestation workflows
  • Interrupt security for AMD SEV-SNP
  • Debuggability and live migration of encrypted virtual machines
  • Proper testing of confidential computing support code

Please come and join us in the discussion for solutions to the open problems for supporting these technologies!

We hope to see you there!

Proposed Microconferences

We are pleased to announce the first batch of proposed microconferences at the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) 2022:

  • LinuxBoot is deployed at scale; what’s next?
  • linux/arch
  • Confidential Computing Microconference
  • Kernel Testing & Dependability
  • Containers and Checkpoint/Restore
  • Service Management and systemd
  • Zoned Storage Devices (SMR HDDs & ZNS SSDs)
  • RISC-V
  • Compute Express Link
  • Kernel Memory Management

The call for microconferences proposal will close on Saturday, 2. April 2022. The slots are filling up fast so we strongly encourage everyone thinking about submitting a microconference to do so as soon as possible!

LPC 2022 is currently planned to take place in Dublin, Ireland from 12 September to 14 September. For details about the location, co-location with other events see our website and social media for updates.

We do hope that LPC 2022 will be mainly an in-person event. Ideally, microconference runners should be willing and able to attend in person.

CFP Open – Refereed Presentations

The Call for Refereed Presentation Proposals for the 2022 edition of the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is now open.  We plan to hold LPC in Dublin, Ireland on September 12-14 in conjunction with The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit. 

If an in-person conference should prove to be impossible due to the circumstances at that time, Linux Plumbers will switch to a virtual-only conference. Submitters should ideally be able to give their presentation in person if circumstances permit, although presenting remotely will be possible in either case. Please see our website or social media for regular updates.

Refereed Presentations are 45 minutes in length and should focus on a specific aspect of the “plumbing” in a Linux system. Examples of Linux plumbing include core kernel subsystems, init systems, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, device support, media creation/playback, and so on. The best presentations are not about finished work, but rather problem statements, proposals, or proof-of-concept solutions that require face-to-face discussions and debate.

The Refereed Presentations track will be running throughout all three days of the conference. Note that the current Linux Plumbers Refereed track may overlap with the Open Source Summit.

Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee members will be reviewing all submitted proposals.  High-quality submissions that cannot be accepted due to the limited number of slots will be forwarded to both the Open Source Summit and to organizers of suitable Linux Plumbers Microconferences for further consideration.

To submit a Refereed Track Presentation proposal follow the instructions here [1]

Submissions are due on or before 11:59PM UTC on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

[1] https://lpc.events/event/16/abstracts/

CFP Open – Microconferences

We are pleased to announce the call for papers (cfp) for microconferences at the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) 2022.

LPC 2022 is currently planned to take place in Dublin, Ireland from 12 September to 14 September. For details about the location, co-location with other events see our website and social media for updates.

We do hope that LPC 2022 will be mainly an in-person event. Ideally, microconference runners should be willing and able to attend in person.

As the name suggests, LPC is concerned with Linux plumbing encompassing topics from kernel and userspace. A microconference is a set of sessions organized around a particular topic. The topic can be a kernel subsystem or a specific problem area in either kernel or userspace.

A microconference is supposed to be research and development in action and an abstract for a microconference should be thought of as a set of research questions and problem statements.

The sessions in each microconference are expected to address specific problems and should generate new ideas, solutions, and patches. Sessions should be focussed on discussion. Presentations should always aim to aid or kick off a discussion. If your presentation feels like a talk we would recommend to consider submitting to the LPC refereed track.

In past years microconferences were organized around topics such as security, scalability, energy efficiency, toolchains, containers, printing, system boot, Android, scheduling, filesystems, tracing, or real-time. The LPC microconference track is open to a wide variety of topics as long as it is focussed, concerned with interesting problems, and is related to open source and the wider Linux ecosystem. We are happy about a wide range of topics!

A microconference submission should outline the overall topic and list key people and problems which can be discussed. The list of problems and specific topics in a microconference can be continously updated until fairly late. This will allow microconferences to cover topics that pop up after submission and to address new developments or problems.

Microconferences that have been at previous LPCs should list results and accomplishments in the submission and should make sure to cover follow-up work and new topics.

After a microconference has been accepted, microconference organizers are expected to write a short blogpost for the LPC website to announce and advertise their topic.

Welcome to the 2022 Linux Plumbers Conference

Planning for the 2022 Linux Plumbers Conference is well underway. The hope is to be in Dublin co-located with OSS EU (although with hopefully non-overlapping dates). However, the Linux Foundation is still negotiating for a suitable venue so we can’t fully confirm the location yet.

There is an outside (and hopefully receding) chance that we may have to go back to being fully on-line this year, but if that happens, we’ll be sure to alert you through the usual channels of this blog and twitter.

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