Fostering Innovation at DockerCon

By Sarah Han and Nicholas Weaver


On Monday and Tuesday close to 3000 software engineers, system administrators, technology leaders, and innovators gathered for the second US-based DockerCon in San Francisco.

Since its first demo, Docker has been a major force in the movement to enable Linux containers as a new footprint for deploying applications. Many new startups have emerged from this developing ecosystem focused on monitoring, networking, security and operations of Docker-based containers. This ecosystem arrived in full force for DockerCon 2015, increasing attendance six-fold.

Intel was proud to help bring together customers, competitors, partners, and creators alike at the San Francisco Exploratorium for The DockerCon Party. Attendees included thought leaders from leading open source cloud innovators such as CoreOS, Docker, Google, Mesosphere and Redapt capturing the spirit of collective innovation captured with the Open Container Project announcement at the show.


The fascinating exhibits within the Exploratorium provided the perfect backdrop for captivating conversations on innovation within these new cloud models. There were many lively discussions on container persistence and schedulers like Mesos and Kubernetes. As they dove deeper into innovative topics, the intricacies of rewriting distributed protocols, speculations of future hardware optimizations, and operating patterns at scale emerged. Many of the discussions centered on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the newly minted Open Container Project.


The Open Container Project is a virtual gathering of innovative leaders paving the way for a new container specification standard. The OCP launch signals the union of two competing standards, the Docker and AppC specifications. OCP provides a common and critical platform for Intel to enable performance, security, and scalability using Intel technologies that customers already have in their data centers. Highlighted in the announcement by Docker was the desire to integrate DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit), SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization), TPM (Trusted Platform Module), and secure enclaves into the OCP runtime.

Historically Intel has created customer value through silicon features, thought leadership, and creating communities around collaborative innovation in open source. These communities become a gathering of minds, providing the perfect environment for innovation and Human-Defined Networking. Intel was proud to bring the container community together at DockerCon. Ultimately the next-generation of sophistication in cloud workloads will emerge from this gathering of minds.