Annual Meeting 2023

9th Annual UCF Workshop and Meeting 2023

Date: December 5 – 7, 2023

Hybrid Event (In person and virtual)

Location: Arm Headquarters
Building 1, 5707 Southwest Pkwy #100, Austin, TX

Call for Participation

We are delighted to invite researchers, network technology implementers, and users to participate in the Annual Unified Communication Framework (UCF) Workshop and Consortium Meeting 2023. The aim of this gathering is to facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, state-of-the-art developments, and user experiences, while providing an event to have a dialogue within our growing community. Registration information will become available in September.

This year, we’re pleased to announce that we will be accepting abstracts for talks and papers for UCF 2023. We aim to encourage a broad cross-section of the community to contribute to the workshop, enhancing the diversity and depth of our discussions. Following a review of abstracts, we will invite the selected authors to expand their abstract contributions into either a talk or a paper. All contributions are intended to be published in the UCF2023 proceedings within an CCIS Springer volume, subject to a peer-review process conducted by our program committee.

Interested authors should initially submit a 250-word abstract to register their papers. Once the abstract is accepted, authors will be encouraged to submit a talk, or a paper. Papers can be full papers (12 pages) or short papers (6-8 pages). All submissions should be formatted according to Springer’s single column style. Paper templates for LaTeX and Word are available at the following link: Springer Conference Proceedings Guidelines.

Submit your abstracts and papers here: UCF 2023 Submissions (easychair)

This year, we are especially interested in delving deeper into the consortium’s expanding projects and related themes such as:

  • Unified Communication Framework Tools and Technologies:
  • Unified Communication X (UCX), UCX-Py, UCX-Java, UCX-Go
  • Unified Communication Collectives (UCC)
  • RDMA user-space and kernel subsystem
  • Data Processing Units (DPUs) / SmartNIC APIs
  • Programming and Computational Models:
  • Programming Models on top of UCF stack
  • Open MPI, MPICH, OpenSHMEM, Julia, UPC, OpenMP remote offload
  • Machine Learning, Data Science, and Libraries:
  • Machine Learning and data science frameworks implemented on top of UCX and UCC
  • Spark, Dask/RAPIDS, Apache Arrow on top of UCX, etc.
  • Network offloading of scientific libraries, FFTs, etc.
  • Emerging Technologies and Applications:
  • Edge Computing and Scientific Instruments leveraging UCF technologies, etc.
  • Cloud-native supercomputing networking technologies
  • Application experiences with network offload
  • Future of UCF and Evaluation Tools:
  • UCF: the latest developments, usage, and future prospects of its software stack
  • Benchmarks for in-network computing (e.g. DPUs)
  • Cost-models and simulation tools for understanding trade-offs in network offloading



  • Abstract submission for a talk and paper due date: October 2, 2023 (extended)
  • Author notification for abstract acceptance for talk and paper: October 13, 2023 (extended)
  • Paper submission for review: November 3, 2023 (extended)
  • Author notification for paper acceptance: November 22, 2023 (extended)
  • Slides for presentations: December 1, 2023 (extended)
  • Conference presentation: December 5-7, 2023
  • Camera-ready paper submission: January 31, 2024

Program Committee Members

To be announced (TBA)

Information for technical talks:

All technical talks 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 250-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 organizers at the event.

Lightning talks require a 150-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.