OpenZFS Developer Summit

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2015 ozds event page v5.png The third annual OpenZFS Developer Summit will be held in San Francisco, October 19 - 20, 2015. This will be the 10th anniversary of the open sourcing of ZFS! All OpenZFS developers are invited to participate.

The goal of the event is to foster cross-community discussions of OpenZFS work and to make progress on some of the projects we have proposed. This 2-day event will consist of 1 day of presentation (Oct 19) and a 1 day hackathon (Oct 20).

Details about registration, proposing presentations, deadlines, and sponsorship opportunities are provided on this page.

Thanks to the 2015 Beer Bash and Platinum sponsors for their support!

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Registration for the 2015 Summit is now open! Please register on Eventbrite.

  • There will be no registration deadline - the registration will remain open until capacity is reached.
  • Registration is $50 per attendee. If your company is a sponsor (as listed below), you may be eligible for a free registration. Please contact admin at open-zfs dot org if that is the case. Speakers will also receive free registration.

All attendees are expected to contribute/participate. Your ideas and questions are what make the event exciting!

Conference presentations

If you would like to give a talk, submit a proposal via email to admin at open-zfs dot org by Aug 31, 2015. The proposal should be a 1-2 paragraph abstract. We would love to hear about a new feature you're developing, a proposal for a new procedure or feature, or a big performance win. We're also interested in especially compelling stories of how and why you are using OpenZFS to run your business.

Matt will review all of the submissions and select talks that will be most interesting for the audience. We will notify the submitters about the result, and the presentation details will be posted on the site. The registration fee will be waived for speakers.

Event deadlines

Aug 31, 2015 All abstract/proposals submitted to admin at open-zfs dot org
Sept 14, 2015 Matt will notify all submitters about the disposition of their proposal
Oct 12, 2015 Agenda finalized
Oct 19 - 20, 2015 OpenZFS Developer Summit


Committed sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors who have already committed to sponsoring the 2015 event:

Beer Bash

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This can be you!

Sponsorship opportunities and benefits

The full details of the monetary sponsorship options and the associated rewards can be viewed in the sponsorship plan.

All of our sponsors have an opportunity to be known as a OpenZFS supporter in a very talented and influential community.

Please send email to admin at open-zfs dot org if you would like to sponsor the event.

Other ways to sponsor

If you are interested in supporting the event through non-monetary means, we would be happy to match the sponsorship packages to the effort.

  • Video record and stream the presentations
  • Photograph the event
  • Help with setup/administrative tasks related to the conference

Thanks to our generous sponsors for their help:

  • Hackathon prizes - Thank you Nexenta!
  • Conference branding, t-shirt and banner design - Thank you Aaron Holding!
  • Design and create conference badges - Thank you Syneto!


The goals of the hackathon are:

  • to get people working with ZFS engineers from outside their normal circles
  • to start work on some of the projects we'd like to accomplish

Therefore, we should plan to work in small teams of 2-3 engineers. The team members could be pair-programming, splitting up the work into discrete tasks for each person, or advising / implementing.

Hackathon ideas

Add your idea and your name below. Be prepared to explain your idea at the beginning of the hackathon and enlist/entice others to help with it.

Event Logistics

The event will be in downtown San Francisco.

The specific location will be publicized on this page in late August / early September.


We will finalize the schedule after the talks are selected, but the rough schedule will be:

Sunday, October 18, 2015 ~6:30pm Optional dinner (location: TBD)
Monday, October 19, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am Breakfast/Registration
9:00am - noon Presentations
noon - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 5:45pm Presentations
5:45 - 6:00pm Closing remarks
6:30 Beer bash & casual dinner at conference venue
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm Hackathon
5:00 - 5:45pm Hackathon presentations
6:00pm Optional dinner (location: TBD)

Note that the optional, off-site dinners on Sunday and Tuesday are at your own expense.

Harassment Policy

OpenZFS Developer Summit is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

For information about last year's event, see the OpenZFS Developer Summit 2014 page.

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