RISC-V Summit

Call For Proposals (CFP)


The RISC-V Summit 2021 Call for Proposals (CFP) is now closed.

Please review the details on this page for instructions on submitting a talk. When you are ready to submit your proposal, please click on the “SUBMIT A PROPOSAL” button below. The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, September 10, 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

For any questions regarding the CFP process, please email speakers@riscv.org.

Reminder: This is a community conference — so no product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Friday, September 10 at 11:59 pm PDT
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Schedule Announcement: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • Event Dates: December 6-8, 2021

Tracks and Suggested Topics

  • Beyond the RISC-V ISA: The ISA and software must all have technical attributes including being secure, performant, reliable, etc. This track should include designs and development of products with these attributes (and how they satisfy them).

    Some Ideas:
    • Security
      • Secure-Boot & Trusted Execution Environments
      • Countermeasures to side-channel attacks and emanation security
      • Crypto-Accelerators
      • Time-definite execution
    • Performance and optimization
      • Tightly-coupled accelerators
      • Custom ISA extensions for performance (e.g. smart-storage, graphics, crypto, compression, etc)
      • Power-optimized execution
    • RASD: Reliability, Availability, Scalability, & Diagnosability
      • Functional Safety
      • Self-healing systems and lock-step execution
      • End-to-end data integrity

  • Software Stack and Development Tools: Novel techniques, solutions, and research.

    Some Ideas:
    • Compilers (e.g., GCC, LLVM), virtual machines (e.g., V8, OpenJDK), and runtime systems
    • Compilation techniques optimized for RISC-V
    • Libraries and applications that have been customized, optimized, or specifically targeted to RISC-V, especially for graphics, machine learning, and HPC
    • Simulation and performance analysis tools

  • Industry Targeted Solutions: RISC-V use in end-user products is growing exponentially every year. For this track, we are looking for solutions, research, or product-specific implementations with RISC-V within an industry. We are also interested in trends and future technologies in the targeted RISC-V industries. 

    Industry Examples:
    • Automotive
    • Networking
    • Data Center
    • Industrial Devices
    • Controllers
    • Blockchain
    • Military / Aerospace

Reminder: This is a community conference — so no product and/or vendor sales pitches.

Submission Types

Types of Submissions:

  • Session Presentation: 25-minute presentation, limited to 2 speakers
  • Deep-Dive Presentation: 55-minute presentation, limited to 2 speakers
  • Panel Discussion: 55 minutes of discussion amongst 3 to 5 speakers
  • Birds of a Feather: 55 minutes
  • Lightning Talk: 10-minute presentation

Requirements & Considerations

  • Any hardware, platforms, tools, services, or products you are presenting need to be based on, or supporting, RISC-V open standards or collaboration processes. If you are sharing your “How” you developed a product or technology, please highlight any contributions and/or benefits from the use of open source and open collaboration software, hardware, and processes. Avoid sales or marketing pitches; these talks will be rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees. The RISC-V Summit covers a broad spectrum of activities including academic, research, commercial, open-source, and proprietary – all abstract submissions are considered on a merit and non-discrimination basis by the technical program committee made up of representatives across the full RISC-V community.
  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
  • You will be asked to select the “Track” in which you’d like to submit. Each proposal may be submitted to only one track, so please review all carefully before making your selection. We understand some proposals could potentially fit into multiple topic areas. Don’t worry, our program chairs are working together to move proposals around as needed for additional review.
  • Panel submissions must include the names of all participants in the initial submission to be considered. In addition, RISC-V International 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 and co-speaker per submission.  For panel sessions, all panelists will receive a complimentary pass.

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. Is this a “how to” talk, telling the audience how something was/will be done, and not an overview of what you did?
  2. What are the top two (2) things people will learn from this talk?
  3. Why should YOU be the one to give this talk? You have a unique story. Tell it.

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

RISC-V events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing. You do not need to be a chief architect or long-time industry pundit to submit a proposal, in fact, we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for all of our events.

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the RISC-V community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep RISC-V events professional, welcoming, and friendly. If you have any questions on how to submit a proposal or the event in general, please contact speakers@riscv.org.

Code of Conduct

The Linux Foundation and RISC-V International are 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.

We also highly recommend that speakers take our Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.

CFP Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the CFP process, please contact us at speakers@riscv.org.