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Tracing Summit 2018

The Tracing Summit 2018 will be held in Edinburgh, UK on October 25th, 2018, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, co-located with the Open Source Summit & Embedded Linux Conference 2018 in the Pentland Auditorium.

The Tracing Summit is single-day, single-track conference on the topic of tracing. The event focuses on the field of software and hardware tracing, gathering developers and end-users of tracing and trace analysis tools. The main goal of the Tracing Summit is to provide space for discussion between people of the various areas that benefit from tracing, namely parallel, distributed and/or real-time systems, as well as kernel development.


9:00 – 9:05 Opening

9:05 – 9:45 KernelShark 1.0 - transforming the GUI into a toolkit, Yordan Karadzhov (Redhat)
9:45 – 10:25 Making libtraceevent into a library, Steven Rostedt & Tzvetormir Stoyanov (Redhat)
10:25 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:20 Trace processing software application-specific performance optimization: the case of Babeltrace 2, Philippe Proulx (EfficiOS)
10:20 – 12:00 Evolution of Self-hosted tracing with Coresight, Suzuki K Poulose (ARM)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:10 Execution Flow Analysis Across Virtualized Environments for performance understanding and optimisation, Hani Nemati (Polytechnique Montréal) & François Tétreault (Ciena)
14:10 – 14:50 LTTng status update, Mathieu Desnoyers (EfficiOS)
14:50 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:40 Introduction to OpenTracing, Juraci Paixão Kröhling (Redhat)
15:40 – 16:20 A SPAN in the works: DCTV, SQL, and beyond, Daniel Colascione (Google)
16:20 – 17:00 To be announced
17:00 – 17:30 Open discussion
17:30 End


We are welcoming 30 minute presentations from both end users and developers, on topics covering, but not limited to:

  • Investigation workflow of Real-Time, latency, and throughput issues,
  • Trace collection and extraction,
  • Trace filtering,
  • Trace aggregation,
  • Trace formats,
  • Tracing multi-core systems,
  • Trace abstraction,
  • Trace modeling,
  • Automated trace analysis (e.g. dependency analysis),
  • Tracing large clusters and distributed systems,
  • Hardware-level tracing (e.g. DSP, GPU, bare-metal),
  • Trace visualisation,
  • Interaction between debugging and tracing,
  • Tracing remote control,
  • Analysis of large trace datasets,
  • Cloud trace collection and analysis,
  • Integration between trace tools,
  • Live tracing & monitoring,
  • Programmable tracing (e.g. eBPF).

Those can cover recently available technologies, ongoing work, and yet non-existing technologies (which are compellingly interesting to end-users). Please understand that this open forum is not the proper place to present sales or marketing pitches, nor technologies which are prevented from being freely used in open source.


There are multiple ways to register to the Tracing Summit.

If you attend the Open Source Summit, you can add the Tracing Summit as a free addon during registration: here.

You can also register for free to the Tracing Summit without registering to the Open Source Summit here.

Presentation Proposals

If you are interested in presenting please submit a proposal to before Sept 10th at 23:59 EST.

Please provide the following information:

  • Talk title,
  • Talk abstract (900 characters maximum),
  • Description of the targeted audience (900 characters maximum),
  • Short biography (900 characters maximum).


Organized by the Linux Foundation Diagnostic and Monitoring Workgroup (

Please send any query about this conference to

The organizers responsible for this event are Francis Deslauriers and Mathieu Desnoyers.


The Tracing Summit is sponsored by EfficiOS.