Annual Meeting 2021

7th Annual UCF Workshop and Annual Meeting 2021 (Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2021)

This is a call for participation for the UCF consortium for its 7th annual meeting and workshop (UCF 2021) which will be held virtually in December 2021. The call is aimed at researchers, network technology implementers, and users who are interested in sharing their ideas with a wider community about their state of the art developments, user experiences and research topics. The submissions can be for technical talks, posters, and tutorials. We also welcome submissions for Birds of Feather (BoF) or Panel sessions on topics of interests to the community.


The UCF annual meeting will cover multiple topics around the consortium’s growing projects, such as (but not limited to):

  • Unified Communication X (UCX), UCX-Py, UCX-Jave, UCX-Go
  • Unified Communication Collectives (UCC)
  • OpenSNAPI
  • RDMA user-space and kernel subsystem
  • Data Processing Units (DPUs) / SmartNIC APIs
  • Programming Models on top of UCF stack
  • Open MPI, MPICH, OpenSHMEM, Julia, UPC, OpenMP remote offload
  • Machine Learning and data sciences frameworks implemented on top of UCX
  • Spark, BlazingSQL, Dask/RAPIDS, etc
  • Network offloading of scientific libraries
  • FFTs, etc
  • Edge Computing and Scientific Instruments leveraging UCF technologies etc.
  • Cloud-native Supercomputing networking technologies
  • UCF the latest developments, usage and futures of its software stack.

Submissions will be done via easychair:

Invitation to Participate
Submissions are in the form of a 500-word abstract, where the participant proposes a topic and a type of submission. The submissions types are:

*Technical presentations
*Lightning talks
*Birds of a Feather (BoF) or Panel discussions

All the submissions will be peer-reviewed by the UCF 2021 program committee.

*Important Dates

Deadline for submissions November 1st, 2021
Acceptance notifications November 14th, 2021
Presentation materials At the event
Video Recordings* November 29th, 2021

* See Proceedings & Video Recordings’ section below for details

Program Committee Members:
Pavel Shamis, Arm
Gilad Shainer, NVIDIA
Steve Poole, LANL
Jeff Kuehn, LANL
Brad Benton, AMD
Yanfei Guo, ANL
Sameh Sharkaw
Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda, OSU
Oscar Hernandez, NVIDIA
Mathew Baker, ORNL
Bryant Lam, DoD
Nicholas Park, DoD
Matthew Dosanjh, SNL
Perry Schmidt, IBM

Information for Authors:

All submissions will be selected based on the submitted short abstract where the topic is appropriate for a technical audience. The program committee will review submissions based on the following criteria.

  • Concept of the submission and its relevance
  • Technical depth and clarity
  • Findings and results of your work
  • Credentials and expertise in the subject matter

Technical Talks.require a 500 word abstract and the duration of the presentation can be 30mins or 60mins total (including Q&A). The final presentation slides are required to be provided to the organisers at the event.

Tutorials can include half-day format tutorials on a topic that provides developers an opportunity to spend more time exploring a specific UCF topic. Tutorial submissions are asked to submit a 500-1000 word abstract, an agenda and the preferred length of the tutorial (hours). The tutorials will be presented live.

Lightning talks require a 200 word abstract and the duration of the presentation is 5mins (2 slides). The goal of a lightning talk is to make the community aware of a given topic of the community. Lightning talks can be work in progress or new project announcements.

BoFs and Panel Discussions require a 500-1,000 word abstract and should include the session’s goal, topic, moderator information, panelists or presenters information, the expected outcome and how you plan to organize the session. These are scheduled to last 60 mins.