OSDI '18 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference.

Vendor BoFs

Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with OSDI '18 attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! These sponsored one-hour sessions give companies a chance to talk about products and proprietary technology—and they include promotional benefits. Contact the Sponsorship Department if you're interested in sponsoring a Vendor BoF or for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Scheduling a BoF

BoFs may be scheduled in advance by contacting bofs@usenix.org. Include "OSDI '18 BoF" in the subject line and the following information in the body of the email:

  1. BoF title
  2. Organizer name and affiliation
  3. Date and time preference
  4. Brief description of BoF (optional)
Sunday, October 7
ROOM CAPACITY 7:00 pm–8:00 pm 8:00 pm–9:00 pm 9:00 pm–10:00 pm
Las Palmas Room I
(A/V Available)
Las Palmas Room II 60 USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) BoF Students/Young Professionals Meetup Board Game Night
Monday, October 8
ROOM CAPACITY 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 8:30 pm–9:30 pm 9:30 pm–10:30 pm
Las Palmas Room I
(A/V Available)
Alibaba Group Vendor BoF  
Las Palmas Room II 60
 Apple, Inc. Vendor BoF  
Tuesday, October 9
ROOM CAPACITY 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 8:30 pm–9:30 pm 9:30 pm–10:30 pm
Las Palmas Room I
(A/V Available)
45  Academic Opportunities in Small Colleges  Ant Financial, Vendor BoF  
Las Palmas Room II 60      

BoF Descriptions

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC BoF)

Sunday, October 7, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Las Palmas Room II
Let’s talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees—of all genders—are welcome to attend this BoF.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup

Sunday, October 7, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm, Las Palmas Room II
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals.

Board Game Night

Sunday, October 7, 9:00 pm–10:00 pm, Las Palmas Room II
Join us for some good old-fashioned board games. We’ll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

Alibaba Group Vendor BoF

Monday, October 8, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Las Palmas Room I
We will introduce and discuss some key system software in Alibaba, including OS, distributed storage system and resource management. They are used to support "millions" of application use cases in large scale, especially with extreme huge workloads on promotion events.

1. OS Development and Exploration in Alibaba
Abstract: Alikernel is the OS kernel used in Alibaba. It’s developed to support "millions" of application use cases in Alibaba. We will introduce some enhanced features and optimizations of Alikernel. In addition, we will also introduce our exploration on AliUK which is a unikernel and may be widely used in future.

2. Pangu2.0: New Distributed Storage System for Large-Scale Data Center
Abstract:In order to address large-scale data center storage issues, we proposed a new distributed storage architecture named pangu2.0 to achieve extreme low latency with high IOPS. In this presentation, the new storage architecture, core storage design ideas, fully user space storage engine and RDMA interconnection technology will be discussed in detail. Pangu2.0 has been widely deployed in large-scale data center and provide basic storage services for Alibaba. Some experience and evaluation results will be shared at last.

3. Sigma: Resource Management in Alibaba at Large Scale
Abstract: Sigma is the resource management system inside Alibaba Group and it manages tens of thousands of machines distributed in several data sites, in which applications from across over 60+ Business Units are running. Besides day-to-day operation, Sigma also plays an important role in resource provisioning in the promotion events such as 11/11, aka Singles Day, in which extreme workloads (up to 100X more than daily average) take place. In this session, we will introduce some of our efforts in provisioning the resource for the promotion events and how we try to improve the overall efficiency of our fleet during the day-to-day period.

Academic Opportunities in Small Colleges

Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Las Palmas Room I
Organizer: Geoff Kuenning, Harvey Mudd College
Compared to large institutions, small colleges and universities offer a fundamentally different experience for both faculty and students. Join us to learn what it's like to work in an intimate environment with motivated, talented students, class sizes that make it possible to learn every person's name, friendly colleagues in non-CS fields, and minimal bureaucracy. The BOF will start with a short presentation and then have a discussion session to answer your questions.