The Netdev conference focuses on networking based on Linux kernel and its associated user APIs.

Netdev 0x12 (Netdev “eighteen”) will take place July 11-13, 2018 in Montréal, Canada.

Submissions Overview

The Netdev Society invites proposals for conference topics in the area of Linux kernel networking. Please stay within the relevant topic focus and tie to FOSS Linux networking. In other words if you are just using Linux to boot your proprietary SDK based system then your submission probably won’t be accepted. Also note that we do not accept submissions of recycled talks.

Submissions are reviewed in a double blind review solely based on their technical merit and suitability for the conference.

Sample space of topics of interest include:

  • Machine learning as related to networking
  • Network Analytics
  • Mobile Edge Computing
  • User space infrastructures (example config tooling, L2/3 like FRR, DNS, etc)
  • DDOS related
  • IoT
  • Wireless
  • Performance analysis and improvement
  • Networking hardware and offload
  • Netfilter
  • Traffic control
  • Protocol development, implementation, and optimization
  • L2/3
  • Transport: TCP, QUIC, UDP
  • Security

Submission Labels

Starting in Netdev 0x12 conference, we are introducing the concept of session labels. Submission labels are based on the observation that there is natural 3-step progression of a technology over time consisting of 1) inception 2) development and 3) deployment. The labels are aligned to these steps:

  • "Moonshot" - These are sessions about the next big thing in Linux kernel networking. If you are thinking about new and exciting technology or big idea and want feedback, then consider submitting a "moonshot" proposal. As an example, the first time XDP was presented in Netdev it would have probably have qualified as a "moonshot".
  • "Nuts and bolts" - These are presentations that might take a deep dive into implementation and development of technology in Linux kernel networking. If you have well tested ideas and code that you would like to push forward inclusion and adoption by the community (kernel/user space) then consider submitting a "nuts and bolts" proposal. It is also acceptable in a "nuts and bolts" session to have a talk to document how things work under the covers especially if they are already in deployment in the kernel/user space but have never been documented. An example of a "nuts and bolts" session is DSA which was first described in Netdev 2.1.
  • "Hands on" - These are more what traditionally has been thought of as tutorials. These sessions focus on configuring and using Linux kernel networking technologies and features. This is an opportunity to share deployment experience and wisdom about how to best employ kernel technology. To provide a truly "hands on" experience, there should be real examples and case studies presented that the audience could try out in real time. Previous Netdev sessions on iptables are good examples of "hands on" sessions.

When you make a submission, make sure you indicate what label best applies.

Submission Types

  • Talk - One or more of authors elaborating on a proposal within a 30 minute session. A 2-10 pages (not including references) paper submission of the talk is required in odt or latex format. "Nuts-and-bolts" as well as "moonshot" submissions are a fit here.
  • Workshops - Workshops are always "Nuts-and-bolts". A workshop chair should coordinate workshop participants' topics in advance and lead the session. Topics should be extensions of mailing list discussions. The meeting will take place in a round-table format. Length of the workshop can vary (within reason) and no slides nor paper(s) are required; however, this requirement may be overridden by the chair(s) of the workshop.
  • Tutorial - Tutorials are educational in nature and fit under the "hands-on" label. These sessions will be held in classroom style. Two types of tutorials may be accepted:
    • Instructor-led sessions - minimum 1 hour long and not to exceed 1.5 hours. The instructor will go over the technology either through code review or execution and interact with the attendees.
    • Student-participation session. Minimum 2 hours upto a maximum 3 hours. Preference for such sessions is to have hands-on user participation; we encourage tutors to prepare VMs or container images for this activity.

Submitting proposals

Proposal submissions guidelines:

  • Proposals must be sent to submissions@netdevconf.info
  • Submissions opens March 20, 2018
  • Deadline: Proposals must be received on or before May 1, 2018
  • Submissions must include the following information:
    • Name(s) of the submitter(s)
    • Title of the submission
    • Label (one of moonshot, nuts'n bolts, hands-on)
    • Submission type (one of talk, presentation, workshop)
    • Estimate of length of time for presentation
    • Affiliations of submitters (needed for conflict of interest check)
    • Description of proposal

Once your proposal is accepted, please prepare your paper based on odt template or latex one. If you're already registered then you will be refunded as a speaker. If you're not registered already then your registration fee will be waivered. Please remember that missed deadline could lead to your submitted session(s) being cancelled.

Accepted talk presenter(s) should submit a draft PDF version of slides and papers to info@netdevconf.info and program-committee@netdevconf.info by June 30, 2018.

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