DPDK Summit North America

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Call For Proposals (CFP)


The DPDK Summit North America 2021 Call for Proposals is now closed.

The DPDK Summit North America 2021 is a community event focused on software developers who contribute to or use DPDK. The event will include presentations on the latest developments in DPDK and in-depth discussions on the topics that are of most interest to the DPDK open source community. 

The agenda will cover the latest developments to the DPDK framework and other related projects, including plans for future releases, and will provide an opportunity to hear from DPDK users who have used the framework in their applications.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Opens: Monday, May 3 at 12:00 am PDT
  • CFP Closes: Friday, June 4 at 11:59 PM PDT
  • Speaker Notifications: Week of June 14
  • Schedule Announcement: Week of June 14
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Tuesday, July 6
  • Event Dates: Monday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Suggested Topics

  • Enhancements and additions to DPDK libraries, functional or performance-wise
  • New networking technologies and their applicability to DPDK
  • Hardware NIC capabilities and offloads
  • Hardware datapath accelerators (compression, crypto, baseband, GPU, regex, etc.)
  • Virtualization and container networking
  • Debug tooling (logging, tracing, telemetry, monitoring)
  • DPDK consumability (API/ABI compatibility, OS integration, packaging)
  • Project infrastructure, security, testing
  • Developer stories, technical challenges when integrating or developing with DPDK
  • Feedback from usage and deployment of DPDK applications (OSS or proprietary)

Reminder: This is a community conference — so let’s try to avoid blatant product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Session Types

  • Session Presentation (typically 30-40 minutes in length, maximum of 2 speakers)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30-40 minutes in length, maximum of 5 panelists)
  • Birds of a Feather (typically 45 minutes to one hour in length)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 5-10 minutes in length)

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.
  • Panel submissions must include the names of all participants in the initial submission to be considered. In addition, The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels in an effort to increase speaker diversity.
  • Complimentary Passes For Speakers – One complimentary pass for the event will be provided for the accepted speaker(s) per submission.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussing unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal; these talks are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.

Preparing to Submit

Preparing to Submit Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  3. How will your presentation help better the ecosystem?

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

Linux Foundation events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events. In the instance that you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

In the instance that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

Code of Conduct

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. We encourage all submitters to review our complete Code of Conduct.


Question on submitting a proposal? Contact us at events@dpdk.org.