KVM Forum

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The KVM Forum 2020 Call for Proposals is now open.

If you have not yet used the CFP system, you will be required to register and create an account before submitting.
Please CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT before submitting for the first time. Thank you!

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, August 2
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, September 1
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, September 3
  • Slide Due Date: Wednesday, October 14
  • Event Dates: Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30

Suggested Topics

  • Scaling, Latency Optimizations, Performance Tuning
  • Hardening and Security
  • New Features
  • Testing

KVM and the Linux Kernel

  • Nested Virtualization
  • Resource Management (CPU, I/O, Memory) and Scheduling
  • VFIO: IOMMU, SR-IOV, Virtual GPU, etc.
  • Networking: Open vSwitch, XDP, etc.
  • Virtio and vhost
  • Architecture Ports and New Processor Features


  • Management Interfaces: QOM and QMP
  •  New Devices, New Boards, New Architectures
  • New Storage Features
  • High Availability, Live Migration and Fault Tolerance
  • Emulation and TCG
  • Firmware: ACPI, UEFI, Coreboot, U-Boot, etc.

Management & Infrastructure

  • Managing KVM: Libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, KubeVirt, etc.
  • Storage: Ceph, Gluster, SPDK, etc.
  • Network Function Virtualization: DPDK, OPNFV, OVN, etc.
  • Provisioning

Submission Types

  • Session Presentation
  • Panel Discussion

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our online Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.
  • Technical Talks – 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, focus on work that needs to be done, difficulties that haven’t yet been solved, and on decisions that other developers should be aware of. Summarizing recent developments is okay but it should not be more than a small portion of the overall talk.
  • End-User Talks: 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 to 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.
  • 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 primary speaker per submission, and a substantially discounted pass will be available for co-speakers. For panel sessions, all panelists will receive a complimentary pass. 
  • 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
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event

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.