20-24 September 2021
Canada/Atlantic timezone

Call for Proposals

Refereed-track talk proposals - Open

Submissions close: (TBD) - Speakers notified: (TBD)

Refereed track presentations are 45 minutes in length (which includes time for questions and discussion) and should focus on a specific aspect of the "plumbing" in the Linux system. Examples of Linux plumbing include core kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, device support, container run-times, media creation/playback, and so on. The best presentations are not about finished work, but rather problems, proposals, or proof-of-concept solutions that require face-to-face discussions and debate.

Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee members will be reviewing all submitted proposals. High-quality submission that cannot be accepted due to the limited number of slots will be forwarded to the Microconference leads for further consideration. We also encourage submitters to consider BoF sessions and the unconference.

Microconference proposals - Open

Submissions close: (TBD) - Speakers notified: (TBD)

A microconference is a collection of collaborative sessions focused on problems in a particular area of the Linux plumbing, which includes the kernel, libraries, utilities, UI, and so forth, but can also focus on cross-cutting concerns such as security, scaling, energy efficiency, or a particular use case. Good microconferences result in solutions to these problems and concerns, while the best microconferences result in patches that implement those solutions.

Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee members will work with the authors of microconference proposals to help shape them into an acceptable submission. Microconferences will be accepted in the order of when their submissions reach a level of quality, and while microconference time slots are available.

Requirements of a microconference submission:

  • Title - One line summary of for the category of topics
  • Description - describe the category in a way other developers know what is expected at the microconference.
  • List of possible topics to discuss and description of what those topics are (links to sites, email archives, etc that help the audience understand the issue and help be able to join the discussions).
  • List of key people that need to attend the microconference to make sure all decisions made can be implemented without a veto from upstream.

Kernel summit track proposals - Open

Submissions close: (TBD) - Speakers notified: (TBD)

Kernel summit sessions are 45 minutes in length. The goal of the Kernel Summit track will be to provide a forum to discuss specific technical issues that would be easier to resolve in person than over e-mail. The program committee will also consider "information sharing" topics if they are clearly of interest to the wider development community (i.e., advanced training in topics that would be useful to kernel developers).

In addition to submitting proposals here, please also send an e-mail for each submission to the ksummit@lists.linux.dev mailing list with the subject prefix [TECH TOPIC].

We will be reserving roughly half the Kernel Summit slots for last-minute discussions that will be scheduled during the week of Plumber's, in an "unconference style". The Kernel Summit program committee is comprised of: Jens Axboe, Arnd Bergmann, Jon Corbet, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and Ted Ts'o.

Networking and BPF track proposals - Open

Submissions close: (TBD) - Speakers notified: (TBD)

The track will be composed of talks, 40 minutes in length (including Q&A discussion). Topics will be advanced Linux networking and/or BPF related.

This year's Networking and BPF track technical committee is comprised of: David S. Miller, Jakub Kicinski, Eric Dumazet, Alexei Starovoitov, Daniel Borkmann, and Andrii Nakryiko.

The track committee is therefore seeking proposals of 40 minutes in length (including Q&A discussion), optionally accompanied by papers of 2 to 10 pages in length.

The call for proposals is open
You can submit a proposal for reviewing.