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At this year’s Cloud Foundry Summit in Europe, IBM is back for a wide ranging set of activities, like the previous summit. Read this post for details on where IBMers will be at the Basel summit so you can come to their talks, panels, and keynotes. We invite you to introduce yourselves and ask us any questions you have about our Cloud Foundry work.

History of IBM’s contributions

IBM has a long history of contributing to Cloud Foundry Summits. And this year, the one taking place from October 10-11 in Basel, Switzerland, is no different.

From talks and panels to updates on existing and incubating projects, IBMers will be all over the floor at Basel. You can find us at our booth, where I invite you to stop by daily to talk to IBMers and get an overview of our recent products and services.

This overview highlights the various talks and activities. It includes links to the official agenda entries so you can plan your time and meet the folks in the trenches who are helping move the platform forward.

This year at Cloud Foundry Summit

At this year’s European summit in Basel we have 10 talks, one panel, and two keynotes. We are sponsoring the hackathon and helping to run it, as we have done the past three years.

Hackathon

Last year we had the winning team for the CF hackathon. A team of four IBMers worked non-stop for 24 hours to create what was a first-of-a-kind service broker for Ethereum smart contracts.

The Blockhead project, now incubating in the CF-Extensions PMC, allows distributed app (dapp) developers to quickly get their smart contracts compiled, deployed, and connected to their dapps that are running on the cloud.

The broker is compliant with the Open Service Broker API, which means that it can be used on Cloud Foundry but also on other compliant platforms (for example, Kubernetes).

Hear more from the team here: Team Blockhead at Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2018.

Talks

The same Blockhead team also has a talk at the conference, where team members dig into the details of the latest version of the blockchain service broker. For example, since their project was accepted in the CF-Extensions, they have been busy rewriting part of Blockhead to be more scalable and extensible.

Also, one of the most exciting projects from the Boston Cloud Foundry summit was the Eirini project, which aims to allow a pluggable back end for Cloud Foundry. Led by IBM’s Julz Friedman and developers mostly in Europe, the team includes Julian Skupnjak of IBM. They are preparing to make the latest version of Eirini not only ready for a demo, but perhaps available for all to try. Come to their “Kube Your Enthusiasm” talk for the latest information, and hear about their roadmap. Learn more from Julz here: Bringing Cloud Foundry to Kubernetes users: how, why, and when.

Another extenal technology that is becoming increasingly important in Cloud Foundry is Istio. The Cloud Foundry networking teams have started adding Istio and Envoy to the platform and are looking at various places where Istio technology can complement or extend the current platform. IBMer Christopher Luciano, a long-time engineer in the Istio ecosystem, is co-leading a birds of a feather discussion about Istio with Pivotal’s Shannon Coen. The discussion addresses Istio, where it’s heading, and how it is used in Cloud Foundry.

In addition to these various introductions to three tracks led by IBMers, other talks span the various technologies used in Cloud Foundry. The following sessions all share knowledge from IBMers:

  1. Surya Duggirala of IBM discusses his deep experience running container applications and contributing to various container ecosystems.
  2. Another container-specific talk is by Sandy Cash of IBM and a colleague from SUSE, Troy Topnik. They discuss what it takes to get Cloud Foundry installed and running as a containerized workload.
  3. Lucinio Santos and Carl Swanson of IBM share their experiences administrating Cloud Foundry in the enterprise. This discussion includes how they used Design Thinking methodology to plan capacity, scaling, and other obstacles that typically occur when large enterprises adopt the cloud.
  4. Bo Yang of IBM and Rohit Sharma of SAP update the summit attendees on the App AutoScaler project, which gives a flexible service broker for scaling your applications in any Cloud Foundry installation. Learn more from Bo Yang here: An invitation to App Autoscaler talks at Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2018.
  5. IBM’s Doug Davis gives an update about the Open Service Broker API specification and direction.
  6. IBMers Peter Goetz and Norman Sutorius give an update on the Bits-Service run-time component, developed and led by the IBM Germany lab.
  7. Yours truly leads the session on the Kubernetes Cloud Provider Interface experimental project, which can be used to deploy and manage Cloud Foundry on top of Kubernetes clusters.

Many of these talks include live demos and discussions of future directions. I encourage you to come ready to engage the presenting IBMers with your questions and comments.

Panel

In a redux of the panel they did at the last summit (entitled “Cloud Foundry and Kubernentes – Did it blend?”), Simon Moser, lead developer for the IBM Application Services, again joins SAP colleague Bernd Krannich and the following panelists: Jeff Hobbs (SUSE), Chris Crall (Google), Ulrich Homann (Microsoft), Cornelia Davis (Pivotal), and Swarna Podila (CFF). The panel discusses Cloud Foundry’s direction with respect to Kubernetes, and how these two worlds are colliding more often, every day.

Keynotes

IBMers are set to give two keynotes in Basel. First, Nima Kaviani and Swetha Repakula are on stage with Cloud Foundry CTO Chip Childers for a live demonstration of their Blockhead project. Also, IBM plans to deliver one of the main keynotes for the conference. Watch for details to be announced.

Summary

You can see from the list of activities and events listed that the productivity of IBMers at the summit continues as in the past, and we remain committed to the platform.

Another development at the Summit is the CloudCoins app that focuses on a healthy lifestyle while walking around the conference and the city. It demonstrates important IBM Cloud technologies, including the brand new service, the Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment. If you go to the Cloud Foundry Summit in Basel, be sure to install the CloudCoins app (free and completely anonymous, for iPhone and Android) and start earning points while walking that you can exchange at the IBM booth for swag.

As participants in many other open source platforms, and contributors to various other cloud projects, IBM developers are taking charge and leading the integration of various technologies, like Cloud Foundry, where it makes sense. Our goal is to provide the best resulting experience to both our IBM Cloud customers and to all who are invested in these open source projects.