LPC 2009 Call For Proposals

The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a developer conference for the open source community. LPC brings together the top developers working on the “plumbing” of Linux – kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing system, etc. – and gives them three days to work together on core design problems. The conference is divided into several microconferences focusing on different “plumbing” topics, as well as a general track for topics that don’t fit into the microconferences.

LPC is requesting proposals for talks at the LPC microconferences and the general track, proposals for tutorials, as well as proposals for additional microconference topics. Microconference topics thus far include:

  • Security [Runners: James Morris and Paul Moore]
  • Boot and Init [Runner: Dave Jones]
  • X Window System [Runner: Keith Packard]
  • Embedded Systems [Runner: Greg Kroah-Hartman and David Woodhouse]
  • Audio [Runner: Lennart Poettering]

Other topics of interest include:

  • Video Input Infrastructure
  • Networking
  • Storage: filesystems, SSDs, and more
  • Inter-Distributor Cooperation
  • Energy Efficiency, Performance, and Power Management
  • Kernel/Userspace/User Interfaces
  • General: everything else

General track topics include any technical topic related to the Linux software “ecosystem.” Preference will be given to proposals presenting a reasonable solution to a well-known or little-recognized problem, rather than just a problem description on the one hand or a presentation of work already completed on the other.

The perfect Plumbers topic would feature a real problem whose solution requires the relevant community members to get together face to face, preferably producing a solution during the conference itself. This of course requires buy-in from maintainers and other high-profile people active in the area.

The exact timing and organization of speaking slots will be under the control of each microconference’s “runner”, but as a general rule talks should be less than 25 minutes long and speakers should expect discussion and audience interaction. The format of the general track will be determined based on accepted submissions, but will also tend towards short, discussion-oriented talks.

Submission format

LPC invites speaker proposals in the form of extended abstracts. All proposals will be reviewed by the LPC Technical Program Committee (TPC). The extended abstract may be up to 500 words and should include your qualifications to speak about the topic, an overview of your topic, and why your topic will appeal to a technical audience. If you are proposing your topic as a full-fledged microconference, please submit it to the general track, noting it as a microconference proposal (but please read the FAQ entry first).

We also encourage the submission of extended abstracts from members of the academic community on topics of current interest in the Linux community. We are particularly interested in researchers seeking community feedback on work in progress. Proposals to speak on previously published work are welcome, in particular work that has not yet come to the attention of the Linux community.

Submissions should include:

  • Extended abstract (for publication on conference website, max 500 words)
  • Speaker bio (for publication on conference website, max 250 words)
  • Speaker’s email address
  • Notes or background (optional, published on Plumbers site, if desired)
  • Whether travel assistance is requested

Please submit via the web interface. If you wish to include a PDF in your submission, please post it on your web site, and place a link to it in the description. Speaker proposals must be submitted no later than the midnight ending Monday 15 June 2009 PDT (7 AM Tuesday June 16 2009 GMT).

Notification of acceptance and rejection of proposals will be emailed to the authors by 15 July 2009. The deadline for early registration is 31 July 2009.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Program Committee at tpc-members@linuxplumbersconf.org.

Travel and registration

At least one author of each accepted presentation must register for LPC and present their work at the conference. Registration is free for speakers. If a speaker has already registered and paid for the conference before notification of acceptance, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover speaker travel and will be awarded based on need. If you need assistance paying for travel, please include a request in your submission. If you have any other questions, please email the program committee at tpc-members@linuxplumbersconf.org.


Major sponsors of the Linux Plumbers Conference include Intel, IBM, Google, and HP. The LPC is underwritten by the Linux Foundation. We thank these and all of our other sponsors for their support of this community conference!

We hope to see you at Linux Plumbers Conference 2009!