LLVM Conference 2007 ?

LLVMers,

The LLVM Oversight group is trying to assess whether there is sufficient
interest in the LLVM development community for holding an LLVM
Conference next summer. If getting together with your fellow LLVM
Developers sounds interesting to you, please respond to me (off list)
and I'll summarize the results.

Here's our current thinking:

* Venue: West Coast, USA. Probably either San Francisco Bay Area or
Seattle
* Time Frame: Post 2.0 release, summer 2007
* Topics: Anything related to use or development of LLVM

In your response, please include:

* An indication of how likely you would be to attend (0=no, 5=maybe,
10=have my ticket)
* Preferred location
* What you could offer (present a paper or topic, run a workshop, teach
a tutorial, etc.)

We look forward to your responses. I will summarize the responses in a
week or so indicating the level of interest in a conference.

It would be really good to meet some of you!

Reid.

LLVMers,

The LLVM Oversight group is trying to assess whether there is sufficient
interest in the LLVM development community for holding an LLVM
Conference next summer. If getting together with your fellow LLVM
Developers sounds interesting to you, please respond to me (off list)
and I'll summarize the results.

Here's our current thinking:

* Venue: West Coast, USA. Probably either San Francisco Bay Area or
Seattle
* Time Frame: Post 2.0 release, summer 2007
* Topics: Anything related to use or development of LLVM

In your response, please include:

* An indication of how likely you would be to attend (0=no, 5=maybe,
10=have my ticket)

I would attend. Nearing 10. :slight_smile:

* Preferred location

SF or bay area

* What you could offer (present a paper or topic, run a workshop, teach
a tutorial, etc.)

I could run a workshop on some topic of interest to people. Possibly teach a tutorial.

-bw

Hi all,

* Venue: West Coast, USA. Probably either San Francisco Bay Area or
Seattle
* Time Frame: Post 2.0 release, summer 2007
* Topics: Anything related to use or development of LLVM

I'd vote for Seattle. The costs of organization should be lower than in
the Bay Area.

* An indication of how likely you would be to attend (0=no, 5=maybe,
10=have my ticket)

Right now I'm not sure. I might be away during (some part of) summer.

* What you could offer (present a paper or topic, run a workshop, teach
a tutorial, etc.)

I'd suggest a workshop with proceedings. Everyone submits a short paper
(6 pages), and gives a talk. There could be several tracks: development,
optimizations, static analysis, ... Depending on the number of
accepted/submitted papers, we should organize paper reviews.

Reviews are a double edge sword: If all the papers get in, the
conference becomes uninteresting for publishing. So, it is very
likely that you'll see a sharp decline in the number of submitted
scientific papers later (if the conference becomes a regular annual
event).

On the other hand, since this is the first LLVM conference, I'd suggest
to keep the acceptance rate moderately high (50%).

To assure a high number of quality papers, I'd strongly encourage you
to make the conference more general than just LLVM-based developments.
I'd suggest that optimization and static analysis tracks also accept
papers that are not strictly based on LLVM, but could provide valuable
ideas for further LLVM development, or are interesting from software
analysis perspective.

As I suggested in the channel, a poll on llvm.org could actually be a
simpler and faster way to gauge the interest and expectations.

Regards,

    Domagoj Babic

Reid Spencer wrote:

LLVMers,

The LLVM Oversight group is trying to assess whether there is sufficient
interest in the LLVM development community for holding an LLVM
Conference next summer. If getting together with your fellow LLVM
Developers sounds interesting to you, please respond to me (off list)
and I'll summarize the results.

Here's our current thinking:

* Venue: West Coast, USA. Probably either San Francisco Bay Area or
Seattle
* Time Frame: Post 2.0 release, summer 2007
* Topics: Anything related to use or development of LLVM

In your response, please include:

* An indication of how likely you would be to attend (0=no, 5=maybe,
10=have my ticket)
* Preferred location
* What you could offer (present a paper or topic, run a workshop, teach
a tutorial, etc.)

We look forward to your responses. I will summarize the responses in a
week or so indicating the level of interest in a conference.

It would be really good to meet some of you!

Excellent idea. You could probably assume 2 or 3 people from NASA Ames will show up, particularly if it is located in the Bay Area, and you'd probably see one or more papers from us too.

Sarah Thompson

* An indication of how likely you would be to attend (0=no, 5=maybe,
10=have my ticket)
* Preferred location

It makes more sense to have it in the Bay Area since most of the LLVM
developers are there (ie. all of Apple employees). San Fran is also a major airport for international people.

* What you could offer (present a paper or topic, run a workshop, teach
a tutorial, etc.)

My suggestion is that this conference must be able to offer something useful to the attendees. While its interesting to hear what other people are doing with LLVM, its probably more useful for people to have a hands on workshop to get help and insight on how to use LLVM. It should not be an academic conference where people submit papers and present them.

-Tanya

It might also be easier to get corporate sponsorship in the Bay Area.

Cheers,

-- Jim

I think that having short and informal papers can be good (2-6 pages), but rejecting papers doesn't seem necessary. LLVMconf isn't going to be some major respected academic conference even if we reject 90% of the papers :). The goal would be to get some chunk of the community together and talking.

-Chris

LLVMers,

What an amazing response to the level-of-interest question for a
conference. Based on the first day's response, it looks like this could
be a bit much to track in email. So, as Domagoj suggested, here's a poll
you can fill out to help us keep track of the interest level:

http://llvm.org/poll

If you already replied, please take a moment to fill out the poll.
There's only 11 questions. Answering them will really help us plan the
conference.

Thanks for all your great feedback!

Reid.