Open Infrastructure Summit Programming Committee members share recommended topics and content ideas for the November Summit.


If you’re ready to pitch your talk for the upcoming Summit, we’ve got you covered.
Before submitting a presentation for the Shanghai Summit, we asked the Programming Committee about the content they’d like to see for each Track. Read their expert opinions below and pitch your session in English or Mandarin by 11:59 p.m. PT July 2.

AI, Machine Learning & High Performance Computing (HPC)

    • Mohamed Elsakhawy, operational lead, national cloud team, compute Canada / SHARCNET
    • Fred Li, manager, open source development team, Huawei
    • Sundar Nadathur, accelerator architect, Intel
    • Liexiang Yue, senior software architect, China Mobile
      • Container-based HPC Cloud deployments
      • Bursting from supercomputers to the Cloud
      • Hybrid large-scale clouds: Bare metal, containers, VMs and HPC offerings
      • Performance benchmarks for various components, tips, tricks and best practices
      • Use cases for OpenStack in AI, machine learning and HPC
      • HPC in the cloud best practices
      • Forums that discuss opportunities to improve (including gaps in the current open infrastructure larger stack)
      • Forums that discuss resource provisioning best practices in large scale OpenStack deployments”
      • Solutions  built on OpenStack core projects
      • How OpenStack enables AI/ML/HPC rather than the workloads themselves
      • New/different deployments (e.g. containers), hardware acceleration (esp. scaling with GPUs, non-GPU accelerators), quantitative data preferable.”


    • Qiao Fu, technical manager, China Mobile
    • ChangBo Guo, community director, EasyStack; OpenStack Board of Directors
    • Chris MacNaughton, software engineer, Canonical
      • Best practices with different tools like Zuul, Jenkins, Spinnaker, other tools that work well with Kubernetes
      • How CI/CD helps developers in daily work
      • Current challenges and obstacles for operator adoption, namely:
        • Challenges of large-scale deployment of OpenStack like  CI/CD, network orchestration
        • New issues and requirements for new Operator scenarios, e.g. edge cloud, AI
        • OpenStack day-two operations: experience, challenges, suggestions
        • Key issues and challenges for NFV networks, e.g. hardware acceleration, high availability
        • Adoption for containers: challenges, requirements, experiences


    • Ricardo Aravena, website operations manager, Rakuten Rewards
    • Lingxian Kong, senior cloud computing engineer, Catalyst Cloud
    • Hongbin Lu, software engineer, Huawei
    • Xu Wang, senior staff engineer, Ant Financial
      • OpenStack container projects: Magnum, Zun, Kuryr, Kolla
      • Kubernetes integration with OpenStack components including Keystone, Cinder, Neutron, Manila
      • Kata Containers
      • Serverless
      • Service mesh
      • Use cases: (e.g. Kubernetes on OpenStack, OpenStack on Kubernetes, etc.)
      • The strategy and business cases for deploying containers
      • Best practice for managing container infrastructure — deploying, upgrading, auto-healing, monitoring, etc.
      • Container security, especially in the public cloud
      • The latest development and deployment progress in the container infrastructure area, especially the production usage of secure containers and virtualization technologies
      • Content on Kata Containers use cases, serverless, Kubernetes and how all these technologies fit into the OpenStack ecosystem
      • Newer enhancements for sandboxing workloads

Hands-on workshops

    • Keith Berger, senior software engineer, SUSE
    • Florian Haas, VP education, City Network
    • Yujun Zhang, EasyStack
      • The value of the hands-on sessions is to provide attendees the opportunity to learn by playing” with the content
      • Performing tasks that are representative of real OpenStack workflows and environments.
      • “I wish I had known” and “here’s how you do X” content, as well as troubleshooting workshops
      • Simplified topics, sharing experiences such as how to integrate Ironic with Nova and Neutron to enable multi-tenancy, how to consume vGPU managed by Nova

Open development

    • Tony Breeds, principal software engineer, Red Hat
    • Li Jiansheng, chief open source office, X-lab, TongJi University
    • Sean McGinnis, community representative on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors
      • Content showcasing the power of the “Four Opens
        • What is open development?
        • Why do we need open development?
        • How does open development work?
        • What is the relationship of open development and Conway’s law?
        • How community success relates to successful development
        • How to participate in open development in modern open source software projects, especially in China

Private & hybrid cloud

    • Ruan He, chief architect, Tencent
    • Rico Lin, software engineer, EasyStack
    • Belmiro Moreira, cloud architect, CERN
    • Yih Leong Sun, cloud architect, Intel
      • Private cloud and hybrid cloud implementation success stories, from small to large-scale (20 to 1,000 nodes), especially for industries with stringent requirements such as financial services and government
      • Different methods to deploy OpenStack;
        • How to scale and what, if any, are the bottlenecks?
        • Large deployment references
        • Maintaining cloud deployments
        • User stories, devs updates
        • New approaches for services integration
      • Cross-community collaboration
      • Presentations from actual superusers (providing user experience, testing and upstream at the same time)
      • OpenStack operational challenges

Public cloud

    • Zhipeng Huang, open source operation manager at Huawei
    • Frank Kloeker, technology manager cloud applications, Deutsche Telekom AG
    • Nils Magnus, cloud architect at Open Telekom Cloud, T-Systems International GmbH
      • Presentations that cover clever, innovative or useful solutions and approaches that improve visibility of OpenStack public clouds
      • Common use cases to bring more operators and vendors to the event


    • Ashish Kurmi, senior cloud security engineer, Uber Technologies
    • Liang Chen, director of system engineering, EasyStack
    • Josephine Seifert, innovation assistant, SecuStack GmbH
    • Colleen Murphy, software engineer, SUSE
      • Actionable presentations that can help cloud customers detect various security threats and mitigate them effectively
      • How to make sure cloud platforms are immune to CPU security flows – not only Spectre & Meltdown, but also newer threats like Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS)
      • What criteria people are using to decide whether or not a package needs to be patched/updated and how often does the action take place
      • At the coding level (specific to OpenStack), what practices people are using to ensure they don’t introduce security breaches to the platform or automation scanning process
      • Raising awareness of existing security enhancements and how to use them, as well as pointing out potential pitfalls and possible measures for securing infrastructures
      • Presentations from operators and developers about security-enhancing techniques for configuring OpenStack,
      • New open source projects geared toward security
      • New features in OpenStack that enhance security

5G, NFV & Edge

Stay tuned for a post focusing on this Track.
Get your talk submissions in by July 2!