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Open Compute Project Announces Third Future Technologies Symposium at the 2020 OCP Global Summit.  


Call for papers is now closed.


The Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation is pleased to announce that the third Future Technologies Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR), taking place at the 2020 OCP Global Summit on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 as a full-day track on Day 0. All attendees for the Global Summit will receive free access to the full-day session. Both events will take place at the San Jose Convention Center, in San Jose, CA.  The Symposium will also continue as poster sessions throughout the Global Summit.


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The objective of the OCP Future Technologies Symposium is to bring to the OCP Community a forward-looking funnel of technologies which focus on solving future problems facing the industry, and accelerate productization through partnerships and open source R&D. A secondary benefit exists to expose a generation of up-and-coming, best-in-class students to the professional community for purposes of research, training and recruitment. The Global academic, startup and venture communities are invited to participate, as well an industrial organizations performing cutting edge research related to date center technologies.


Draft papers will be reviewed by the OCP leadership and Foundation’s technical advisory board, as well as OCP Project Leaders. Acceptance will be based on content and overall program balance. The authors of the accepted drafts will have the opportunity to submit a poster and present their work orally during the OCP Global Summit in San Jose. There will be a $10,000 award paid to the winning submission.




OCP also is pleased to announce the selection of two key leadership positions for the OCP Future Technologies Symposium. Allan Smith has been selected as the OCP Symposium Chair, providing leadership, strategic direction and operational support for a two-year term.  Allan is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and ESC Toulouse.  He is currently the Lab Manager for Area 404, Facebook’s hardware prototyping laboratory.  Prior to joining Facebook, Allan led Rapid Response Space Works efforts with NASA Ames Research Center. 


Lesya Dymyd has been selected as the Program Chair, a role specific to the event, and is the primary lead for the successful execution of an event, including communication with academic institutions and leading the Program Committee. Lesya holds a doctorate degree from the University of Strasbourg and was a visiting researcher at ETH Zurich. She is currently a strategic innovation engineer at 2CRSi and the Regional Project Lead for the OCP European Regional Community. Before joining 2CRSi, Lesya worked for a European NGO and several private companies.


The Program Committee is made up of selected industry and academic leaders, and are responsible for outreach to academic and startup/investor communities, evaluation of submissions, voting on winner(s) and specific operational activities as directed by the Program Chair and Chair.


Program Committee Members:

Michael Bortz, ITWM - Focus: Network

Cliff Grossner, IHSMarkit - Focus: VC

Minjie Chen, Princeton - Focus: Infrastructure Technologies

Manoj Wadekar, Facebook - Focus: Storage

Heiner Litz, UC Santa Cruz - Focus: Storage + Computer Architecture 


All roles are voluntary, and will ensure the successful implementation of the OCP Future Technologies Symposium, with an eye towards the long-term goals of bringing together academia and the commercialization of innovative technologies that solve for technology problems in the near and long-term future.




Previous submissions, winners and more information can be found below.