Linux Plumbers Conference: User-visible Network Issues Mini-Conf

At the Linux Plumbers Conference November 3-5, 2010 in Cambridge,

MA, we have a half-day mini-conference set aside on Thursday

morning (so as to follow immediately, but not conflict with netconf)

to discuss “User-visible Network Issues” – challenges that users face,

that could benefit from both userspace and kernel enhancements to make

their lives easier.

Accepted topics are:

* Challenges in Mobile Networking

Challenges that we have with networking in the mobile space.

Led by Dan Williams

* Network Device Naming

Which of my NICs is eth0?

Led by Matt Domsch

* Scaling techniques in the stack for servers with high connection rates

This talk will describe some techniques for scaling front end

servers. In particular, we will describe the the use of SO_REUSEPORT

in scaling servers for high connection rates with a single listening


Led by Ying Cai

* Simplifying network configuration for VMs by harmonizing multiple Bridging, QOS, DCB and CNA implementations

Led by Shyam Iyer, with John Fastabend

While I’m sure the individual topics will generate great discussion,

it will be vital that members of the netdev community be present to

represent the kernel developers’ perspectives on the problems and to

help brainstorm solutions.  Most of these topics have significant

kernel components to them, and without additional kernel developer

participation, I fear we would just be talking to ourselves, but no

real progress made.  I invite you to attend LPC, and this

mini-conf in particular, and lend your expertise.

If you would attend LPC, except that the conference fee is a burden,

please let me know.  I have at least one pass available for mini-conf


2 comments on this post.
  1. Peter Robinson:

    Hi Matt,

    Those topics look very interesting, it would be great if any notes could be published or articles for lwn or similar.


  2. mdomsch:

    I’ll do my best to summarize, and if the participants are agreeable, maybe even videotape the sessions for posting.