FOSDEM 2021 Software Defined Networking Devroom CFP

We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation for the FOSDEM 2021 Software Defined Networking devroom! FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

Please feel free to forward this CFP to anyone you think may be interested.

New rules / what changes since last year

For obvious reasons, this year the event will not take place in a physical location but online.

  • The reference time will be Brussels local lime (CET).
  • Talks will be pre-recorded in advance, and streamed during the event
  • Q/A session will be live
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to chat between themselves
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to submit questions
  • Clearly the venue will be more comfortable this year, please don't expect this level of service every year!

Important Dates

20th Dec Submission deadline
24th Dec Announcement of selected talks
15th Jan Presentations upload deadline
6th & 7th Feb Conference dates (online)
Sun 7th Feb SDN devroom date (online)

Talks covering any projects or technologies within the networking domain are welcome, with the only condition being that the project or technology must be free and open source. The SDN devroom team are asking contributors to make a special effort to attend, present, contribute and discuss at this years FOSDEM. Please accept our apologies for the relative lateness of this CFP, there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to make this years FOSDEM happen.


If it moves network packets, or interacts with, or supervises entities that moves network packets, it is likely a topic the devroom is interested in. This year the devroom topics will include the following fields.

Domain IoT, Cloud, Enterprise, Service Provider, Wireless and Cellular.
Physical low power, mesh, high throughput, low latency, optical, wireless
Infrastructure switching, routingI, load balancing, translation, authentic, crypto, detection, intercept
Tooling libraries, frameworks, tracing, debugging, domain specific languages and extensions.
Telemetry counters & statistics, interference, analysis, automation.
Validation performance, latency, packet manipulation & fuzzing, traffic generators.
Orchestration management, network-layer plugins and controllers.

Suggested Projects:

A non-exhaustive representative list of the projects and topics we would love to see on the schedule are:

Frameworks DPDK, eBPF, XDP
Switching Snabb, OpenvSwitch, Tungsten Fabric, Lagopus, FastClick
Stacks Linux, *BSD,, F-Stack, DMM, mTCP, Seastar, YAStack
Controllers Istio/Envoy, Network Service Mesh, Neutron, CNI, Canal, ODL, ONOS, Plumgrid, OVN, Contrail
Edge Akraino, Openness
Routing FRRouting, BIRD, Netopeer, Go-BGP
Management ONAP, Open-O, ManageIQ, Juju, OpenBaton, Tacker, OSM, Ganglia, NetSNMP,
Security Suricata, Snort, Zeek
Tooling VSPerf, CSIT, TRex, Moongen, Scapy, Warp17

Talks should be aimed at a technical audience, but should not assume that attendees are already familiar with your project or how it solves a given problem. Talk proposals may cover very specific solutions to a problem, or may be a higher level project overview for lesser known projects.


Proposals should be made through the FOSDEM Pentabarf submission tool. You do not need to create a new Pentabarf account if you already have one from a past year.

Please select the "Software Defined Networking" as the track and ensure you include the following information when submitting a proposal:

Section Field Notes
Person First/Last/Public Name Your name.
Person Abstract Short bio.
Person Photo Please provide a photo.
Event Event Title This is the title of your talk - please be descriptive to encourage attendance.
Event Abstract Short abstract of one or two paragraphs.
Event Duration Please indicate the length of your talk; 15 min, 30 min or 45 min

The deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2020. FOSDEM will be held on the weekend of February 6-7, 2021 and the Software Defined Networking devroom will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Please also join the devroom’s mailing list, which is the official communication channel for the devroom: (subscription page)


As usual, mostly due to time limitations I am reaching out to my regular contact list with mailchimp. I entirely understand if you do not wish to be reached in this way. If this is case please send me a note at, and I will remove you from the distribution.


Ray Kinsella
Thomas Monjalon
Emma Foley
Chris Price
Charles Eckel