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P99 CONF 2022 Call for Speakers

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Editor’s Note: P99 CONF 2022 is now a wrap! You can (re)watch all videos and access the decks now.


P99 CONF was born out of the need for developers to create and maintain low-latency, high-performance, highly available applications that can readily, reliably scale to meet their ever-growing data and business demands.

P99 CONF is a cross-industry vendor-neutral free virtual event for engineers and by engineers. We believe there is a growing community of engineers, developers and DevOps practitioners who are each seeking to find or, moreso, to create their own innovative solutions to the most intractable big data problems, so we want to bring them all together in a community. That is what P99 CONF is all about.

When we launched P99 CONF last year, these were our principles and beliefs, andthe community proved us right. Thousands of professionals around the world attended live, and thousands more were able to watch our sessions on-demand in the weeks and months to follow. In our inaugural event, we had speakers from across the spectrum of the computing industry with talks spanning the following topics:

  • Advanced Programming Language Methods: Rust, C++, Java, Go
  • Advanced Operating System Methods: IO Rings, eBPF, tracing
  • Performance Optimization: measuring latency, minimizing OS noise, tuning, flamegraphs
  • Distributed Databases: ScyllaDB, Redis, Percona
  • Event Streaming Systems: Apache Kafka, Apache Pulsar, Redpanda
  • Distributed Storage Systems: Ceph, object compaction
  • Kubernetes, Unikernels, Hardware Architecture and more

Call For Speakers

For P99 CONF to truly succeed, it must be driven by leaders and stakeholders in the developer community, and we welcome your response to our Call for Speakers.

Are you a developer, architect, DevOps, SRE with a novel approach to high performance and low latency? Perhaps you’re a production-oriented practitioner looking to share your best practices for service level management, or a new approach to system management or monitoring that helps to shave valuable milliseconds off application performance.


All Things P99

P99 CONF is sort of a self-selecting audience title. If you know you know. If you are asking yourself “Why P99?” or “What is a P99?” this show may not be for you. But for those who do not know but are still curious, P99 is a latency threshold, often expressed in terms of milliseconds (or even microseconds) under which 99% of a network transaction occurs. Those last 1% of transactions represent the long-tail connections that can lead to retries, timeouts, and frustrated users. Given that even a single modern complex web page may be created out of dozens of assets and multiple database calls, hitting a snag due to even one of those long-tail events is far more likely than most people think. This conference is for professionals of all stripes who are looking to bring their latencies down as low as possible for reliable, fast applications of all sorts — consumer apps, enterprise architectures, or the Internet of Things (IoT).

P99 CONF is the place where industry leading engineers can present novel approaches for solving complex problems, efficiently, at speed. There’s no other event like this. A conference by engineers for engineers. P99 CONF is for a highly technical developer audience, focused on technology, not products, and will be vendor / tool agnostic. Vendor pitches are not welcome.

Sign Up Today!

Last year, thousands of people registered for our premier event. So even if you’re not up to speaking, we’d love to see you there! If your title includes terms like “IT Architect,” “Software Engineer,” “Developer,” “Software Engineer,” “SRE,” or “DevOps,” this is your tribe. Your boss is not invited.

P99 CONF 2022 will be held free and online October 19-20, 2022. You can sign up today for updates and reminders as the event approaches.


Speaker FAQs

1. What type of content are you looking for? Is there a theme?

We’re looking for compelling technical sessions, novel algorithms, exciting optimizations, case studies, and best practices.

P99 CONF is designed to highlight the engineering challenges and creative solutions required for low-latency, high performance, high availability distributed computing applications. We’d like to share your expertise with a highly technical audience of industry professionals. Here are the categories we are looking for talks in:

  • Development — Techniques in programming languages and operating systems
  • Architecture — High performance distributed systems, design patterns and frameworks
  • Performance — Capacity planning, benchmarking and performance testing
  • DevOps — Observability & optimization to meet SLAs
  • Use Cases — Low-latency applications in production and lessons learned

Example topics include…

  • Operating systems techniques — eBPF, io_uring, XDP and friends
  • Framework development — Most exciting new enhancements of golang, Rust and JVMs
  • Containerization, virtualization and other animals
  • Databases, streaming platforms, and distributed computing technologies
  • Hardware advances — CPUs, SoCs, network and storage I/O
  • Tools — Observability tools, debugging, tracing and whatever helps your night vision
  • Storage methods, filesystems, block devices, object store
  • Methods and processes — Capacity planning, auto scaling and SLO management

2. Does my presentation have to include p99s, specifically?

No. It’s the name of the conference, not a strict technical requirement.

You are free to look at average latencies, p95s or even p99.9s. Or you might not even be focused on latencies per se, but on handling massive data volumes, throughputs, I/O mechanisms, or other intricacies of high performance, high availability distributed systems.

3. Is previous speaking experience required?

Absolutely not, first time speakers are welcome and encouraged!

Have questions before submitting? Feel free to ask us at [email protected].

4. If selected, what is the time commitment?

We are looking for 15-20 minute sessions which will be pre-recorded and live Q&A during the event. We expect the total time commitment to be 4-5 hours.

You’ll need to attend a 30 min speaker briefing and a 1 hour session recording appointment, all done virtually. Additionally, we ask that all speakers log onto the virtual conference platform 30 minutes before their session and join for live Q&A on the platform during and following their session. And, of course, all speakers are encouraged to attend the entire online conference to see the other sessions as well.

5. What language should the content be in?

While we hope to expand language support in the future, we ask that all content be in English.

6. What makes for a good submission?

There’s usually not one thing alone that makes for a good submission; it’s a combination of general worthiness of the subject, novelty of approach to a solution, usability/applicability to others, deep technical insights, and/or real-world lessons learned.

Session descriptions should be no more than 250 words long. We’ll look at submissions using these criteria:

Be authentic — Your peers want your personal experiences and examples drawn from real-world scenarios

Be catchy — Give your proposal a simple and straightforward but catchy title

Be interesting — Make sure the subject will be of interest to others; explain why people will want to attend and what they’ll take away from it

Be complete — Include as much detail about the presentation as possible

Don’t be “pitchy” — Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.

Be understandable — While you can certainly cite industry terms, try to write a jargon-free proposal that contains clear value for attendees

Be deliverable — Sessions have a fixed length, and you will not be able to cover everything. The best sessions are concise and focused.

Be specific — Overviews aren’t great in this format; the narrower and more specific your topic is, the deeper you can dive into it, giving the audience more to take home

Be cautious — Live demos sometimes don’t go as planned, so we don’t recommend them

Be rememberable — Leave your audience with take-aways they’ll be able to take back to their own organizations and work. Give them something they’ll remember for a good long time.

Be original — We’ll reject submissions that contain material that is vague, inauthentic, or plagiarized.

Be commercial-free — No vendor pitches will be accepted.

7. If selected, can I get help on my content & what equipment do I need?

Absolutely, our content team is here to help.

We will want to touch base with you 1-2 times to help you with any content questions you may need and offer graphic design assistance. This conference will be a virtual event and we’ll provide you with a mic and camera if needed (and lots of IT help along the way). Need something else? Let us know and we’ll do our best.


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