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:

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

Each focus area will be led by an industry veteran; Manoj Wadekar, Storage Hardware Architect at Meta will lead the Software Defined Memory group and Murugasamy (Sammy) Nachimuthu, a lead cloud solutions architect and Sr. Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, will lead the Cloud Service Model group. There is a search underway for a leader of the AI HW-SW Co-Design group. 

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 October 2022, in conjunction with the OCP Global Summit. Submit a paper, propose participants, attend! 

The Call for Papers for the OCP Future Technologies Symposium is now open! The event will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 as a full-day track and in parallel with the 2022 OCP Global Summit that will take place in person from October 18-20 at the San Jose Convention Center. Finally, there will be a $10,000 award paid to the winning submission of the Symposium.

This year, the OCP announces Sustainability in Data Centers as the main topic of the event and invites authors to submit papers in one of the five technological tracks: Network, High Performance Computing (HPC), Data Center Efficiency, Systems (Servers, Storage, Switches) and Power, and Other Data Center Sustainable Solutions.

Upcoming FTI Events

Past FTI Events

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