Announcements for Friday

We hope you are having productive discussions at Plumbers this week.
A couple of announcements for tomorrow, Friday October 17th.

T-shirts: Please pick up your LPC 2014 t-shirt from the registration desk, if you haven’t already received one. Many of them weren’t distributed to the attendees. There is a Linux Plumbers specific t-shirt, in addition to the LinuxCon one.

Transportation: The shuttles between the hotels and the CCD will not be running tomorrow. You can take public transportation to the conference in the morning. You can use the shuttle from the U78/U79 Messe Ost/Stockumer Kirchstrasse station to the CCD SÜD entrance, and back. The shuttle will be operating betweeen 8:00 and 10:00 and then again from 16:30 to 18:30. Please use this option to reach the evening event as well. No other transportation will be provided. The shuttle departs from the H 4 bus stop outside the CCD SÜD entrance.
Please see the transportation page for more details and directions via subway and bus.

Thanks again for your participation!

First Day of LPC 2014

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Linux Plumbers Conference!

Just a kindly reminder that our first day is tomorrow, Wednesday October 15th. This is the day we share with LinuxCon Europe.

Registered LPC attendees can attend the LinuxCon keynote sessions in the morning. The keynotes will be in Room 1, and will run from 9:00AM to 10:45AM. These will include presentations by Joanna Rutkowska and Olaf Kirch, followed by a discussion about future directions of Linux with Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds. To conclude the keynote sessions, a lively kernel developer panel moderated by Jon Corbet of LWN.net.
Following the keynotes, at 11:15AM, we’ll have our shared LinuxCon and Plumbers refereed talks sessions in rooms 8 and 14. Both sessions will run until the end of day.
Also a reminder that we’ll hold the Automotive Miniconf in parallel from 9AM to 12PM in room 12.
All the sessions held tomorrow will be on floor 1.

Please check the schedule: http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2014/ocw/events/LPC2014/schedule and on the monitors outside our LPC rooms.

If you haven’t picked up your badge and t-shirt yet, please allow yourself enough time to do so in the morning before the keynotes start. Since we are sharing the day with other Linux Foundation events, allow some extra time and make sure you get there on time to assure a spot for the keynotes.

A reminder that the conference is held in the CCD SÜD part of the venue. Please check the directions and the shuttle schedules.

We will also have a joint LPC reception with LinuxCon and CloudOpen, which will be tomorrow evening at 7:00PM at the Nachtresidenz. See directions to the event.

Thanks for joining us again this year. Let’s the games begin!

The LPC Planning Committee

LPC 2014 Attendee Information and Logistics

We look forward to welcoming you to Linux Plumbers Conference next week, October 15th-17th at the Congress Centre Düsseldorf South (CCD SÜD), in Düsseldorf, Germany. Below, please find all logistical details you may need for your arrival.

EVENT VENUE
CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf Süd
Please enter the CCD at the Süd (South) Entrance
Stockumer Kirchstraße 61
Dusseldorf, Germany 40474
+49 211 45608407
http://www.ccd.de/en/

REGISTRATION & BADGE PICK-UP
Registration is located on the Ground Floor of the Congress Center Düsseldorf (in the Süd building entrance).
Please bring your confirmation ID with you to check-in onsite in order to expedite the process.
Registration Hours:
Monday, October 13th – Thursday, October 16th: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, October 17th : 8:30am – 2:00pm

DIRECTIONS, TRANSPORTATION & MAPS
Please refer to the Linux Plumbers Conference website for up to date information and venues maps:
Directions & Transportation

COMPLIMENTARY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PASS
We are pleased to offer a complimentary transportation pass to each attendee for use on the Düsseldorf public transport system. The pass is printed on each badge. Please present your badge together with a valid ID to bus drivers and subway attendants. If upon your arrival, you need to travel from the airport to the hotel and to the congress center to pick up your badge, you can still take advantage of the free pass, by printing the necessary one-trip pass that was emailed directly to you and presenting it to gain access to the public transport. Please see our website for more details. Transportation Passes

SHUTTLE BUSES
Shuttle buses will loop between the CCD SÜD and the closest U-bahn stop. In addition shuttles will run between some of the hotels and the CCD SÜD. Please make sure you take note of the days and hours of operation, listed here

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
To view the full schedule of events for Linux Plumbers Conference, http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2014/ocw/events/LPC2014/schedule

MEALS
Continental breakfast and coffee breaks are included for all LPC 2014 attendees and will be served outside the meeting rooms; lunch is also included and will be located daily in the Wintergarten restaurant onsite.

CO-LOCATED EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
We welcome attendees to any of our co-located events and workshops. To register for any of the events below if you have not already done so, edit your registration form to include your additional choices. Or you can register via the separate registration forms where necessary.

Tracing Summit
Date: Monday, October 13th – 9:00am-5:20pm
Cost: $100 (Free to those who added LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC Europe attendance to their registration)
For more information, http://tracingsummit.org/wiki/TracingSummit2014

KVM Forum
Date: Tuesday, October 14th-Thursday, October 16th
Cost: US$500
To register, https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=143138

GStreamer Conference
Date: Thursday, October 16th & Friday, October 17th – 9:00am-6:00pm
Cost: Fees start at US$100
To register, https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1573273

EVENING EVENTS

All-Attendee Reception at Nachtresidenz (sponsored by Qualcomm)
https://www.nachtresidenz.de/
Bahnstraße 13, 40212
Wednesday, October 15 – 7:00pm-10:00pm

Open to all attendees of LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC Europe, KVM Forum, and Linux Plumbers Conference. Join us at Nachtresidenz, an architecturally unique venue in Old Town Düsseldorf. Home to the 100-year old Residence Theatre, you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time as soon as you arrive. Dinner, drinks and special entertainment are all included.

We will provide looping shuttle service between the Hilton Düsseldorf, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and Nachtresidenz starting at 6:30pm through 10:00pm. There will also be a looping shuttle that will go directly from the CCD to Nachtresidnez starting at 6:30pm through 10:00pm.

We also recommend taking public transportation using the U-Bahn system from the CCD SÜD or your hotel. Please follow the public transportation directions here.

Closing Party at Restaurant Hausbar (sponsored by Facebook)
http://www.hausbar-duesseldorf.de/
Bolkerstraße 14-20, 40213 Düsseldorf
Friday, October 17, 7:00pm-10:00pm

The traditional LPC Closing Party will be held at 7pm at Restaurant Hausbar. The evening will feature a dinner buffet and will host a full bar. No shuttle transport will be provided. Attendees can use their free transportation pass to reach the venue in the city center. Note that this event is only for LPC attendees.
Please follow the public transportation directions here.

EVENT ANTI-HARASSMENT/ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Please read, and abide, by our policy, which can be found here:
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/anti-harassment-discrimination-policy

SOCIAL MEDIA
Share your experience and receive important updates at the event. Official Twitter hashtag for the event is #linuxplumbers

QUESTIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you need any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to visit the Registration Desk onsite or contact the Linux Plumbers Planning Committee at contact@lists.linuxplumbersconf.org prior to the events. You can also look for the LPC Planning Committee in person – they will be wearing bright green lanyards instead of the normal white and blue Linux Foundation ones. Please don’t hesitate to ask us questions!

We look forward to seeing you in Düsseldorf!

Best regards,
The Linux Plumbers Planning Committee

The LPC Planning Team would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors, whose support makes Linux Plumbers Conference possible. Thank you!

Platinum Sponsors: Facebook, IBM, Intel
Gold Sponsors: Google, Qualcomm, RedHat, Samsung
Silver Sponsors: Cumulus Networks, Hewlett Packard, Linaro, NetApp
Evening Event Sponsors: Facebook, Qualcomm
T-Shirt Sponsor: Amazon
Media Partner: LWN.net

Special thanks go to The Linux Foundation for all their help with planning and logistics!

LPC 2014 BoFs Approved

We have approved ten BoFs for LPC 2014. The currently approved BoFs will run on Thursday evening, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. Please look at our schedule for more details. You can also view the complete BoF track.
If you are interested in leading additional BoFs, please contact us in order to be assigned a room and a time slot.

Transportation Pass for the First Trip to the Conference Venue

We will be making available via email a one-time use pass for Düsseldorf public transportation that attendees can use to travel from the airport or the train station to the congress center to pick up their badge. This one way trip includes a stop at the hotels. You must print the pass and show it to the public transit personnel to gain access, together with a valid ID. Please remember that the pass is valid for one time only, between Sunday October 12th, and Sunday October 19th. Your badge will serve as transportation pass afterwards. Please see our Directions and Transportation page for further information.

Public Transportation Pass Available to LPC 2014 Attendees

We are pleased to announce that we have made available a transportation pass with the public transport company in Düsseldorf to each person registered for the Linux Plumbers Conference 2014. The pass will be printed on each attendee’s badge and will need to be presented to bus drivers and subway attendants in order to gain free access to transport. For more information about the public transportation network and area in which the pass is valid, please see the Directions and Transportation page.

Climbing in Düsseldorf

Do you want one last chance to exercise your body before spending three days
trapped in meeting rooms ? Laurent Pinchart and Mike Turquette are organizing
a climbing session right before LPC on Monday evening (October the 13th) at
the Düsseldorf’s Klettermassiv (http://www.klettermassiv.de/) indoor climbing
hall.

The hall features around 200 routes equipped for top rope climbing with
heights between 8 and 14 meters. You are expected to have previous climbing
experience and be capable of passing a belaying test. Climbing gear can be
rented from the hall.

To register or get additional information contact Laurent Pinchart
<laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com> by e-mail. There is currently no strict
limit to the number of participants, but a first come, first served rule will
be applied in case of overwhelming interest.

This is a private event not affiliated with the LPC organizing committee that
can’t be held liable in case of accidents.

Preliminary Conference Schedule Now Available

We are pleased to announce that a preliminary conference schedule is now available.
You can view the schedule here: http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/2014/ocw/events/LPC2014/schedule

All the LPC 2014 Microconferences are included in the schedule. The detailed topics to be discussed are subject to change until the very last minute, as usual, due to possible late breaking topics to be added.

As previously announced, the refereed track talks for LPC 2014 will be shared with LinuxCon Europe on Wednesday, October 15. Click here to see a list of the talks as well as more detailed information about each talk. The presentations that are part of this “Linux Plumbers Conference Shared Track” will be available for attendees from both LinuxCon and LPC. The schedule for this track is also available from the LinuxCon Europe website. On this day, Wednesday October 15, only the Automotive Microconference is scheduled. To minimize conflicts, all the other Microconferences will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Please note that the BOFs haven’t been added to the schedule yet. We will be reviewing and adding them in the next few weeks.

An In-Depth Look: Tracing Microconference

This writeup concludes our series of in-depth postings about the LPC 2014 microconferences. Thank you for reading so far! Looking forward to an exciting and productive conference in Düsseldorf.

Tracing is heavily used throughout the Linux ecosystem and provides an essential method for extracting information about the underlying code that is running on a system. Although tracing is simple in concept, effective usage and implementation can be quite involved (see this LWN.net article) because of the variety of environments that tracing must handle.

The ultimate goal of tracing is to get as much information as possible with as little overhead as possible. These two requirements are clearly in conflict and different approaches to balance this conflict have been taken by ftrace, perf and LTTng. One of the topics to be discussed at this microconference will be how to better integrate these three differing tracing implementations, for example, using Common Trace Format (CTF) to allow each to read the others’ tracing output. There are also other tools, such as systemtap, which complement tracing, providing more control features, and the kernel may benefit by working more inclusively with them.

Another topic for this microconference will be how tracing could make use of JITted code, given that, surprising though it might seem, the Linux kernel now contains a JIT for the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF, as explained in this LWN.net article). At the same time, kernel-bloat considerations will generate a discussion of how to reduce the Linux kernel’s current per-tracepoint memory overhead.

This microconference is a follow-on to a Tracing Summit. The Summit will focus more on traditional style presentations, while this microconference will focus on finding and implementing solutions to Linux’s current tracing problems.

(Thanks to Paul McKenney for help with this post)

LPC 2014 General Registration Is now Closed

We are pleased to announce that we have reached our designated limit for general registration to LPC 2014. As of now, the general registration for LPC 2014 is closed. This year we have reached our maximum capacity earlier than usual. As previously announced (see blog post), we have deliberately limited the number of registrations in order to allow for meaningful participation in the microconferences and productive interaction among the participants. Thanks to all of you that have registered!

If you still haven’t registered but would like to participate, contact us. We are running a waiting list on a first come first serve basis but with priority given to people who have accepted microconference topics. You could also try to use one of the sponsors tickets if your employer can provide one to you.

We look forward to seeing you in Düsseldorf!