OCP 2018 U.S. Summit – Call for Participation

Thursday, November 02, 2017 · Posted by at 17:28 PM

The OCP 2018 U.S. Summit will be held on March 20 & 21 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Registration will open on Monday, November 6. OCP Summit attendees, including engineers to C-level executives, come from around the globe and represent the technology, telecom, enterprise, finance, government, and consulting sectors.

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation datacenter? If so, we have the following speaking opportunities available:

Keynote Sessions

The foundation will choose three keynote sessions from the submissions.  These timeslots are ideal opportunities to announce your company’s open source contributions in cloud computing technologies and contributions to the open source community. Please be advised that OCP encourages these sessions to be informational, educational, and/or collaborative in nature; should benefit the community; and are based on OCP tenets. The selection committee will prioritize these types of sessions over ones that take a more commercial or advertising approach.

Engineering Workshop Sessions

Each of the nine OCP chartered projects will hold a workshop where new technologies are shared and community driven specifications are discussed.   Organizations wishing to contribute a product or specification can use these sessions to socialize their ideas and seek collaboration partners.  Some of the workshop topics will be a continuation of topics being covered in the projects’ monthly calls, and new topics and product concepts will be introduced.    All submissions for one of the engineering workshops will be reviewed and prioritized by the OCP Project leads and IC committee. 


OCP Project Example Content
Certification & Interoperability Building a knowledge base for tested hardware and software, expanding the OCP marketplace to share knowledge.  
Datacenter Best practices for efficient design and operations.
Hardware Management Adoption of management standards (e.g. Redfish), establishing OCP profiles for hardware, community collaboration on OpenBMC.
High Performance Computing A new community to enable adoption of OCP technologies and products by the HPC segment and low latency computing.
Networking Open sourced leaf and spine switchgear, disaggregation of the hardware and innovation with network processing.   Includes open sourced software for switchgear (e.g. ONIE, SONiC, ONL) and collaboration opportunities with other network focused software projects (e.g. Linux Foundation sub-projects).
Rack & Power All mechanical and power related topics and standards that effect OpenRack, CG-OpenRack-19, 12VDC & 48VDC, and BBU features.
Server All server and compute node hardware for OpenRack, CG-OpenRack-19, Olympus, and mezzanine cards.   This project also covers GPU and FPGA accelerator products & common interfaces.
Storage Storage appliances, includes new API’s for efficient cloud storage.
Telcos Open sourced carrier and cable provider products (e.g. disaggregated access, CPE, passive optical networking). Also covers collaboration work and opportunities with other organizations such as TIP, CORD, & ONL.


To submit your talk for review, please complete our survey by clicking here.

The deadline to submit is Friday, December 1.


Executive Tracks & EXPO Hall Sessions(available to sponsors only)

Tell your story!   This is your opportunity to announce new products, share your organization’s open source  contributions in cloud computing technologies,  or talk about the work your company is doing across the open source community.

Executive Tracks & Expo Hall Sessions are tied to sponsorships. If you are interested in these, please click here to review the sponsorship prospectus. Send inquiries to sponsor@opencompute.org.

Important Dates:

Dec 1 - Call for Participation Submission Deadline
Jan 4 – Speakers Notified
Feb 6 – Slides Due for Review (must use OCP provided template)
March 5 – Final Slides Due

Please note, OCP reserves the right to cancel any talks which the slides are not received by the deadline above or which do not use the required OCP template.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Participation or the OCP Summit, please contact Kali Burdette, Meeting & Event Manager, at kali@opencompute.org.


About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.


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Registration Now Open for OCP 2018 U.S. Summit

Monday, November 06, 2017 · Posted by at 21:11 PM

Registration for the OCP 2018 U.S. Summit is now open! The Summit will be held on March 20 & 21 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. OCP Summit attendees, including engineers to C-level executives, come from around the globe and represent the technology, telecom, enterprise, finance, government, and consulting sectors.

Click here to visit the Summit website, view event details, and register online.


OCP U.S. Summit 2018 Fees

Early Bird Registration     Ends Saturday, January 20 @ 11:59pm PDT     $300 USD
General Registration        Ends Monday, March 19 @ 11:59pm PDT         $400 USD
Onsite Registration          Tuesday, March 20 & Wednesday, March 21     $500 USD

Summit Schedule Overview

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time       Event
7:30am - 9:00am   Breakfast / Expo Opens
7:30am - 7:30pm   Registration Open
9:00am - 11:30am   Keynotes (Sponsor Expo Closed) 
11:30am - 2:00pm   Lunch (Sponsor Expo Reopens)
11:45am - 5:30pm   Expo Hall Stage Talks
2:00pm - 5:30pm   Executive Tracks
5:30pm - 7:00pm   OCP Happy Hour

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time   Event
 8:00am - 9:00am   Breakfast / Expo Opens
 8:00am - 12:00pm   Registration Open
 8:45a - 12:00pm   Engineering Workshops
 9:00am - 10:00am   Expo Hall Stage Talks
 12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm   Engineering Workshops
3:00pm   Summit Ends


Click here to view information regarding travel and accommodation. 


If you have any questions regarding the OCP Summit, please contact Kali Burdette, Meeting & Event Manager, at kali@opencompute.org.

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Sponsorships are Going Fast for 2018 OCP U.S. Summit!

Friday, December 08, 2017 · Posted by at 16:21 PM

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Sponsoring the OCP Summit is an amazing opportunity to get your organization in front of the OCP Community. Whatever level you decide, time is of the essence as more than half of the sponsorships are already sold and most, if not all, opportunities are expected to sell out.

The 2018 OCP Summit will be held March 20 – 21 at the San Jose Convention Center. The annual Summit gathers more than 3,000 key decision makers, executives, engineers, developers and suppliers. Together, they help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in, near and around the data center and beyond.

The OCP Summit features a unique combination of speakers, company announcements, demonstrations, booths and networking opportunities. Our Call for Participation received over 150 submissions, so the excitement to be a part of the OCP Summit is very tangible!

Below is an update on our options:

Exhibit & Speaking Opportunities

Platinum – SOLD OUT!
Gold – 3 left!
Silver – 7 left!

Exhibit Opportunities

Bronze – 4 left!
Copper – 1 left!
Start-Up – 5 left!

Branding Opportunities

Networking Happy Hour
Lunch, Breakfast, & Breaks
Engineering Workshops Branding
Lanyards – SOLD OUT!
Coffee Cups
Tech Bags – NEW!
Tote Bags – SOLD OUT!
Power-Up Station – SOLD OUT!
Hydration Station
Relaxation Station

In addition to the various sponsorship levels, OCP has secured 30 private meeting rooms at the San Jose Convention Center, and the adjoining Marriott Hotel, based on requests from attendee companies seeking more private spaces to conduct business meetings. These are filling up as well.

Don’t forget! If you are an OCP Tiered Member (Silver, Gold, or Platinum), you receive a discount on qualifying sponsorship levels. Details on discounts can be found in the prospectus below.

Download the Sponsor Prospectus here. Visit the OCP Summit website here.

For questions, please contact Kali Burdette at kali@opencompute.org.


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The Open Compute Project Foundation is pleased to announce two keynote sessions that will kick-off the 2018 OCP Summit.


Aneesh Chopra is known for outlining ways technology can spur innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the world and solve the vexing problems facing the domains of health care, education and energy. Selected as the nation’s first chief technology officer by President Obama, Aneesh Chopra was tasked with promoting innovation, transparency and collaboration within the federal government.

As the cloud industry faces new security threats, Aneesh’s insight and message on Balancing Collaboration and Security is a welcome and timely topic for this year’s summit.

 Andy Bechtolscheim 4

Andy Bechtolsheim is Chief Development Officer for Arista Networks, a leading vendor of cloud networking solutions. He previously co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and was its chief hardware designer. He also has been a venture investor, most notable for providing Sergey Brin and Larry Page with a $100,000 check in 1998 before the two had even incorporated their company, Google

In his keynote, Andy will share his insight into the design of cloud networks, the upcoming transition from 100G to 400G speeds, and the evolution of optics to keep up with the explosive bandwidth growth in hyper-scale cloud data centers. 

OCP is extremely excited to have Aneesh and Andy on the keynote lineup. 

The rest of the Summit agenda, including more keynote speakers, will be published in early January. Content to look forward to includes additional keynotes, case studies, executive tracks from Summit sponsors, industry announcements, engineering workshops and more! The OCP Call for Participation received over 150 submissions, which is more than double last year’s submissions, meaning you can expect the best of the best when it comes to Summit educational content!


Below is the general schedule overview for the OCP Summit.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

7:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast / Expo Opens

7:30am - 7:00pm

Registration Open

9:00am - 11:45am

Keynotes (Sponsor Expo Closed) 

Noon - 2:00pm

Lunch (Sponsor Expo Reopens)

Noon - 5:45pm

Expo Hall Stage Talks

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Executive Tracks

6:00pm - 7:30pm

OCP Happy Hour

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

8:00am - 9:00am

Breakfast / Expo Opens

8:00am - 12:00pm

Registration Open

8:45am - 12:00pm

Engineering Workshops

Noon - 1:00pm


Noon - 2:45pm

Expo Hall Stage Talks

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Engineering Workshops


Summit Ends 



CLICK HERE to register for the OCP U.S. Summit.

Helpful Links:
Sponsorship Opportunities
Hotel & Travel Information
Venue Information – San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA


For questions, please contact Kali Burdette at kali@opencompute.org.


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