Refereed Talks now Posted to Plumbers Schedule

The Linux Plumbers conference schedule has now been updated to include the accepted refereed talk proposals.  As usual, we’ve tried to make sure the conflicts are minimised, but if anyone needs a change to the timing of their talk, please email

Preliminary Microconference Schedule Up

Every year we get a number of constraints on Microconferences which we try hard to accommodate.  Accounting for all of those, we’ve put the preliminary schedule up here.  If you notice any problems, please email and we’ll try to fix it

Also note, this is preliminary, the Microconferences may still move around as we get requests to change them.  Also note that the times of talks within Microconferences is highly likely to change (please see the MC leaders if you want this to change).

Git microconference accepted into LPC 2016

The Linux kernel community has been using Git for more than a decade, but it is still under active development, with more than 2,000 non-merge commits from almost 200 contributors over the past year. Rather than review this extensive history, this Micro Git Together instead focuses on what the next few years might bring. In addition, Junio Hamano will present on the state of the Git Union, Josh Triplett will present on the git-series project, and Steve Rostedt will present “A Maze Of Git Scripts All Alike”, in which Steve puts forward the radical notion that common function in various maintainers’ scripts could be pulled into Git itself. This should help lead into a festive discussion about the future of Git.

Please join us for an important discussion!

Limited number of LPC registrations available starting September 8

LPC registration will open up on September 8 at noon Eastern Time (EDT) with a very limited number of slots available. Those interested in attending the conference who have not yet registered will want to visit the registration web site after that time. There will also be a very limited number of late registrations that will be available starting on October 1.

Another way to get a pass to the nearly sold out conference would be to submit a refereed track proposal before September 8. Each accepted talk will get one free pass to LPC.

Audio workshop accepted for Linux Plumbers Conference and Kernel Summit

Audio is an increasingly important component of the Linux plumbing, given increased use of Linux for media workloads and of the Linux kernel for smartphones. Topics include low-latency audio, use of the clock API, propagating digital configuration through dynamic audio power management (DAPM), integration of HDA and ASoC, SoundWire ALSA use-case managemer (UCM) scalability, standardizing HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces, Media Controller API integration, and a number of topics relating to the multiple userspace users of Linux-kernel audio, including Android and ChromeOS as well as the various desktop-oriented Linux distributions.

As with many Linux-kernel components, upstreaming of vendor drivers and handling of stable and long term-stable (LTS) trees are also important topics.

Please join us for a timely and important discussion!

Submission deadline for LPC refereed track proposals extended by a week

The deadline for submitting refereed track proposals for the 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference has been extended until September 8, 2016 at 11:59PM CET. The refereed track will have 50-minute presentations on a specific aspect of Linux “plumbing” (e.g. core libraries, media creation/playback, display managers, init systems, kernel APIs/ABIs, etc.) that are chosen by the LPC committee to be given during the four days of the conference.

Registration for the conference has largely sold out at this point, but accepted talks for the refereed track will receive one free pass to the conference.

Most LPC passes sold out; refereed track proposals deadline nears

All of the regular and early bird registrations for the 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference have now sold out. There will be a very limited number of late registrations available starting on October 1.

Those interested in attending the conference should also note that each refereed track talk gets one free pass to the conference. The deadline for refereed track proposals is Thursday September 1.

We hope to see you at LPC 2016!

Coherent Accelerators, FPGAs, and PLD Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016

It has been more than a decade since CPU core clock frequencies stopped doubling every 18 months, which has shifted the search for performance from the “hardware free lunch” to concurrency and, more recently, hardware accelerators. Beyond accelerating computational offload, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and programmable logic devices (PLDs) have long been used in the embedded space to provide ways to offload I/O or to implement timing-sensitive algorithms as close as possible to the pin.

Regardless of how they are used, however, there exists a common class of problems which accompany the use of FPGAs, accelerators, and PLDs on Linux. Perhaps most important are the probing, discovery, and enumeration of these devices, which can be a challenge given the wide variety of interconnects to which they may be attached.

The purpose of this microconference is to discuss these problems, and figure out what it would take to make these devices first-class citizens on Linux. We will be looking at important use cases, including the much-maligned network-offload case as well as the more general topic of workload acceleration.

For more details on coherent accelerators, FPGAs, and PLDs, please see this microconference’s wiki page.

We hope to see you there!

TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016

Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades.

In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.

We hope to see you there!

Refereed Talk Deadline Approaching

The refereed talk deadline for Linux Plumbers Conference is only a few weeks off, September 1, 2016 at 11:59PM CET. So there is still some time to get your proposals in, but time is growing short.

Note that this year’s Plumbers is co-located with Linux Kernel Summit rather than LinuxCon, so the refereed track is all Plumbers this year. We are therefore looking forward to seeing your all-Plumbers refereed-track submission!

As you might have noticed, earlybird registration has closed, but normal-rate registration will be opening up on August 27th—however, accepted refereed speaking proposals will receive a free pass.

The conference itself is in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 1-4, 2016. Looking forward to seeing you there!