Open Infrastructure Summit Programming Committee members are sharing recommended topics and content ideas for the April Summit.


There are only three months until the first Open Infrastructure Summit—April 29-May 1 in Denver, Colorado —and only three days to get your sessions submitted. Typically, just 25 percent of submissions are chosen for the conference, but don’t worry, the Summit Programming Committees are here to help.

Superuser is talking to Programming Committee members of the Tracks for the Denver Summit to help shed light on what topics, takeaways and projects they’re hoping to see in sessions submitted to their Track.

The deadline for the call for presentations for the first Open Infrastructure Summit is this week: Wednesday, January 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

So far, we’ve covered the Open Development and Public Cloud tracks. In this article, you can find content tips for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) /Machine Learning / High-Performance Computing (HPC), Hands-On Workshops, Private and Hybrid Cloud, Security and Telecom and NFV Tracks.

AI / machine learning / HPC

Programming Committee Member: Armstrong Foundjem, research associate, MCIS Research Laboratory, École Polytechnique de Montréal.

I look forward to seeing current use cases that are solving real world problems using AI and machine learning with best practices applied to various industrial and academic settings. These might include, but aren’t limited to, the use of deep learning (i.e self-driving cars), natural language processing (NLP), in software engineering/development to predict defects, release engineering (DevOps)/automation, CI/CD, robotics, health care and financial models for predictive analytics. Also, I’d like to see works on performance analysis, scientific research, data mining and visualization techniques, IoT and computation.

Attendees can expect to take home applications of the most recent works in the industry. including, such as cutting-edge research in AI, HPC, scientific research, data mining and visualization and IoT. I’d like to see attendees of this track to go home satisfied that they are in step with current advances in AI and a sense of where we are today.

Hands-on workshops

Programming Committee Member: Stefano Canepa

A Hands-on Workshop needs to allow the attendee to work on something they are not an expert in, something that they recognize as valuable for their cloud but that they do not feel comfortable to implement on their own. The attendee will be presented  steps-by-steps instructions to guide them to get the expected result and get an environment ready to operate. The presenter has to guide the attendees using slides and, ideally, with the help of other subject experts, help every single attendee. Issues and solutions have to be shared with the whole audience.

Summit attendees should expect to take away practical knowledge they can apply to their day job immediately after the Summit.

Private and hybrid cloud

Programming Committee Member: Yih Leong Sun, OpenStack User Committee member

Topics for this Track includes Private and Hybrid Cloud deployment, success stories, use cases, from different industry segments, including financial services, retail and other non-IT industries. Hybrid Cloud pain points and potential solutions, as well as best practices including what type of workload is best proven for private vs. hybrid deployment.Summit attendees should walk away understanding the private and hybrid cloud landscape by learning from other cloud practitioners.


Programming Committee Members: Gage Hugo, member of technical Staff, AT&T and Josephine Seifert, innovation assistant, Cloud&Heat.

There are many security issues that plague modern infrastructure, it’s always the effort of those involved in security to help triage and fix these issues. The sessions will hopefully shed light on existing issues, explain how these issues were overcome and what knowledge was gleaned from the process. Anything regarding many of the current security issues present in today’s environment would also be most welcome. Presentations or workshops that describe best practices based on real-world experiences and currently available mechanisms in Open Infrastructure are interesting as well.

Attendees will become more aware of existing security enhancing mechanisms as well as of any of the issues regarding security in the community, from tackling current issues, improving upon already existing areas and how to contribute if they wish to do so.

Telecom and NFV

Programming Committee Member: Nate Johnston, principal software developer, OpenStack at Red Hat

I’d love to see talks describing the implementation challenges for NFV solutions and proposals on what’s next in the evolution of NFV, or ways to decrease time-to-market for NFV.  For some companies understanding usage and controlling spending on clouds is difficult; how can utilization metrics be integrated into financial models to create holistic showback/chargeback capability?  How can a telco with a traditional “zoned” model for network security integrate hybrid cloud into the model, or extend that model onto the cloud(s)?  How are micro-services and the “observability” paradigm driving the evolution of how service-level agreements are handled?

Telcos are driving some of the major changes in networking because for them, the network is the product; making it be able to serve more applications and uses helps them differentiate from their competitors and offer unique value to their customers.  But one way or another networks are a part of every service and application these days!  So I hope attendees gain knowledge and inspiration from the evolution in the the technology and practices of operating telco networks and clouds, so they can get more value out of their own networks and clouds.

Get your talk ideas in before Wednesday, January 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Allison Price