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KVM Forum is an annual event that presents a rare opportunity for developers and users to meet, discuss the state of Linux virtualization technology, and plan for the challenges ahead. We invite you to lead part of the discussion by submitting a speaking proposal for KVM Forum 2017.  At this highly technical conference, developers driving innovation in the KVM virtualization stack (Linux, KVM, QEMU, libvirt) can meet users who depend on KVM as part of their offerings, or to power their data centers and clouds.

KVM Forum will include sessions on the state of the KVM virtualization stack, planning for the future, and many opportunities for attendees to collaborate. As we celebrate ten years of KVM development in the Linux kernel, KVM continues to be a critical part of the FOSS cloud infrastructure.  This year, KVM Forum is joining Open Source Summit in Prague, Czech Republic. Selected talks from KVM Forum will be presented on Wednesday, October 25 to the full audience of the Open Source Summit. Also, attendees of KVM Forum will have access to all of the talks from Open Source Summit on Wednesday.

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and advances Linux by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community to ensure Linux remains free and technically advanced. To help encourage the open collaboration and discussions that are necessary to help Linux successfully compete with closed platforms in the enterprise, mobile, and cloud computing space, we invite our members, technical, business and legal leaders, and anyone who is hoping to make a difference in Linux, open cloud and open source to submit a speaking proposal for KVM Forum Europe.

Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Close: June 15, 2017
  • CFP Notifications: August 10, 2017
  • Schedule Announced: August 17, 2017
  • Event Dates: October 25-27, 2017

Submit a Speaking Proposal

Suggested Topics

  • Scaling, latency optimizations, performance tuning, real-time guests
  • Hardening and security
  • New features
  • Testing

KVM and the Linux Kernal

  • 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
  • Graphics, desktop virtualization and virtual GPU
  • New storage features
  • High availability, live migration and fault tolerance
  • Emulation and TCG
  • Firmware: ACPI, UEFI, coreboot, U-Boot, etc.

Management and infrastructure

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

Submitting Your Proposal

Submit a Speaking Proposal

Submission Type:
Please only use the "presentation" and "panel discussion" Session Types

Please submit a short abstract (~150 words) describing your presentation proposal. Slots vary in length up to 45 minutes.

In the Audience field, please type in your proposal type -- one of:

  • Technical talk
  • End-user talk

You will receive a notification whether or not your presentation proposal was accepted by August 10, 2017.

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


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 the 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.


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.


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.  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 who might be interested know about your BOF, and encourage them to add their names to the wiki page as well. Please add your ideas to the list before KVM Forum starts.


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


Thank you for your interest in KVM. We're looking forward to your submissions and seeing you at the KVM Forum 2017 in October!
-your KVM Forum 2017 Program Committee

Please contact us with any questions or comments at


Code of Conduct

All event participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with both the Linux Foundation Code of Conduct as well as their employer's policies on appropriate workplace behavior.

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual attention. Any report of harassment at one of our events will be addressed immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone witnessing or subject to unacceptable behavior should notify a conference organizer at once.

Exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material in their booths and must refrain from the use of sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise creating a sexualized environment. Speakers should not use sexual language, images, or any language or images that would constitute harassment as defined above in their talks.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference, with no refund. The Linux Foundation reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in harassing behavior from participating in any further Linux Foundation events, trainings or other activities.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts/staff badges onsite, and an organizer can be found at the event registration counter at any time. You are also encouraged to contact Angela Brown, VP of Events at angela (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.


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