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All submissions must be received before midnight on May 1, 2015.
KVM is an industry leading open source hypervisor that provides an ideal platform for datacenter virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure,and cloud computing.  Once again, it's time to bring together the community of developers and users that define the KVM ecosystem for our annual technical conference.  We will discuss the current state of affairs and plan for the future of KVM, its surrounding infrastructure, and management tools.  Mark your calendar and join us in advancing KVM.
Once again we are colocated with the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon Europe, CloudOpen Europe, Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) Europe, and this year, the Linux Plumbers Conference. KVM Forum attendees will be able to attend LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC for a discounted rate.
We invite you to lead part of the discussion by submitting a speaking proposal for KVM Forum.

Suggested Topics


  •  Scaling and optimizations
  •  Nested virtualization
  •  Linux kernel performance improvements
  •  Resource management (CPU, I/O, memory)
  •  Hardening and security
  •  VFIO: SR-IOV, GPU, platform device assignment
  •  Architecture ports


  •  Management interfaces: QOM and QMP
  •  New devices, new boards, new architectures
  •  Scaling and optimizations
  •  Desktop virtualization and SPICE
  •  Virtual GPU
  •  virtio and vhost, including non-Linux or non-virtualized uses
  •  Hardening and security
  •  New storage features
  •  Live migration and fault tolerance
  •  High availability and continuous backup
  •  Real-time guest support
  •  Emulation and TCG
  •  Firmware: ACPI, UEFI, coreboot, u-Boot, etc.
  •  Testing

Management and infrastructure

  •  Managing KVM: Libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, etc.
  •  Storage: glusterfs, Ceph, etc.
  •  Software defined networking: Open vSwitch, OpenDaylight, etc.
  •  Network Function Virtualization
  •  Security
  •  Provisioning
  •  Performance tuning

Submitting Your Proposal

Please submit a short abstract (~150 words) describing your presentation proposal. Slots vary in length up to 45 minutes.  Also include in your proposal
the proposal type; one of:
  • Technical talk
  • End-user talk

You will receive a notification of whether or not your presentation proposal was accepted by May 29, 2015.

Submit a Speaking Proposal


A good technical talk should not just report on what has happened over the last year; it should present a concrete problem and how it impacts the user and/or developer community. Whenever applicable, it should focus on the work that needs to be done or the difficulties that haven't yet been solved.  Summarizing recent developments is okay but it should not be more than a small portion of the overall talk.


One of the big challenges as developers is to know what, where and how people actually use our software.  We will reserve a few slots for end users talking about their deployment challenges and achievements.

If you are using KVM in production you are encouraged submit a speaking proposal.  Simply mark it as an end-user talk.  As an end user, this is a unique opportunity to get your input to developers.


We will reserve some time for people to get together and discuss strategic decisions as well as other topics that are best solved within smaller groups. This time can also be used for hands-on hacking sessions if you have concrete code problems to solve.

These sessions will be announced during the event. If you are interested in organizing such a session, please add it to the list at

Let people you think might be interested know about it, and encourage them to add their names to the wiki page as well. Please try to add your ideas to the list before KVM Forum starts.


If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list all of your potential  panelists in your abstract. We will request full biographies if a panel is accepted.

Submitting Your Slides

You can now submit your slides directly through the CFP management system immediately when you submit your initial proposal or any time before the event by logging into your account, choosing your presentation and uploading your slides. We only accept presentation slides in PDF format to ensure that there are no formatting issues.

Slide Due Date: August 12, 2015

Complimentary Passes for Speakers

Speakers will receive a complimentary pass for the event. In the instance that your submission has multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complementary event pass. For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closed: May 1, 2015
  • CFP Notifications: May 29, 2015
  • Schedule Announced: June 3, 2015
  • Event Dates: August 19-21, 2015

Our Policy

Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. Attendees are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.  

While at Linux Foundation events or related social networking opportunities, attendees should not engage in discriminatory or offensive speech or actions regarding gender, sexuality, race, or religion.  Speakers should be especially aware of these concerns.  

The Linux Foundation does not condone any statements by speakers contrary to these standards.  The Linux Foundation reserves the right to deny entrance to any individual.

Please bring any concerns to to the immediate attention of Linux Foundation event staff, or contact Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer, at amanda (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org.  We thank our attendees for their help in keeping Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly.

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