Project Leads
Allan Smith, Lesya Dymyd

The OCP Future Technologies Symposium effort has been successfully led by Chairs Allan Smith, currently the Lab Manager for Area 404, Meta's hardware prototyping laboratory, and Lesya Dymyd, a strategic innovation engineer at 2CRSi, serving as the Symposium Program Chair. Both will continue in their volunteer leadership roles for both the Symposium and the Initiative. 


The OCP Future Technologies Initiative (FTI) is a formal project within the Foundation whose mission is to build a future-focused Community within OCP to serve as forward-looking funnel for ideas and technologies three-to-five years into the future.

In 2019, the Foundation initiated the OCP Future Technologies Symposium, a bi-annual event that features a call for posters, and brings together academia, the technology industry, startups, venture capital and analyst firms to solve future challenges facing the industry, and accelerate productization through partnerships and open source R&D. All submissions are featured and the winners are announced at the Summit events OCP holds each year. 

 At the end of 2020, the Symposium and Foundation leaders decided it was time to organize a regular interface with the OCP Community and the research industry to better focus their continued efforts and to initiate funding and commercialization of these early stage innovations. Focused on building pipelines of talent to work on specific problems, the OCP Future Technologies Initiative will ultimately hand off promising efforts to OCP Projects, with the ultimate goal of commercialization.


The Future Technologies Initiative will focus on three specific technical areas, in alignment with the OCP Foundation Incubation Committee leaders in their Technology Roadmap. They will be:

  • AI HW-SW Design Collaboration
  • Cloud Service Model
  • Computational Storage
  • Additional R&D Opportunities area identified by the Community

Each focus area will be led by an industry veteran; Murugasamy (Sammy) Nachimuthu, a lead cloud solutions architect and Sr. Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, will lead the Cloud Service Model group. Yang Seok Ki, CTO of Memory Solutions Lab and VP at Samsung Electronics America, has been selected as Technical Chair of the new Computational Storage workstream. There is a search underway for a leader of the AI HW-SW Co-Design group.

We are launching our next workstream, Computational Storage, joining the FTI AI Hardware/Software co-design and Cloud Service Model workstreams. This is on the heels of FTI’s 1st major success, the transition of its Software Defined Memory workstream to create an OCP sub-project, now called Composable Memory Systems.

Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved in the OCP Future Technologies Initiative: 

  • Join the conversation in the FTI LinkedIn Group:  
  • Connect with the FTI team and the community, give advice and contribute.
  • Join the OCP Future Technologies Symposium, in April 2023, in conjunction with the OCP Regional Summit

Upcoming FTI Events

  • April 19, 2023 OCP Future Technologies Symposium in Prague, Czech Republic 

Past FTI Events

  • Click here to view the 2022 OCP Future Technologies Symposium
  • Click here to view the 2021 OCP Future Technologies Symposium
  • 2021 Initiative Kickoff Webinar