Academy award-winner, Mark Elendt will be giving his first CppCon talk on Patterns and Techniques Used in the Houdini 3D Graphics Application.
Mark has been working at SideFX, the creators of Houdini for over 25 years and it was in recognition of this work and the value of Houdini to the motion picture industry that Mark and SideFX Software were given a Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Merit earlier this year.
From his talk’s description:
Not only has Houdini been used in all of the Visual Effects Academy Award winning films of the past 10 years, but it has also been used for television shows like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things as well as content creation for many AAA video games, and even for scientific visualization.
Houdini artists are tasked with creating amazing, never before seen visual effects. They constantly push both performance and scale in the software. Since the early 1990’s Houdini’s C++ architecture has provided a flexible platform that has enabled artists from around the world to create their vision.
Mark will discuss some of the patterns and approaches that have been used in Houdini to meet the demands of production, from the early days of dealing with c-front to embracing modern features provided by modern C++.
Kate Gregory is an author, sought-after conference speaker, trainer, Microsoft Regional Director, and partner at Gregory Consulting. She is also a frequent and popular speaker at CppCon and this year she be giving her first CppCon keynote address.
In her keynote, Simplicity: Not Just for Beginners, she will address the question, Why do so many people say that simple code is better code, but so few put it into practice?
From her talk’s description:
In this talk I’ll spend a little time on why simpler is better, and why we resist simplicity. Then I’ll provide some specific approaches that are likely to make your code simpler, and discuss what you need to know and do in order to consistently write simpler code and reap the benefits of that simplicity.
Less than a week remains for Early Bird registration. Only six days (three US business days) remain before the deadline.
Plenary Speaker: Chandler Carruth
Chandler, who leads the C++ and LLVM teams at Google and is one of the most popular speakers at CppCon, will tackle the new class of vulnerabilities in modern CPUs with his talk Spectre: Secrets, Side-Channels, Sandboxes, and Security. He is one of the lead engineers within Google and across the industry working to respond to these developments.
From his talk’s description:
The discovery of speculative execution side-channel attacks (called “Spectre”) fundamentally changes the security model of every modern superscalar microprocessor. Extracting secret data (credit cards, cryptographic keys) through side-channels is not new and has challenged the cryptographic community for decades. However, speculative execution attack techniques have fundamentally altered the ease and applicability of side-channels: far more code is impacted by these attacks and they can more reliably be weaponized. Responding to these issues has impacted CPU design, compiler design, library design, sandbox techniques and even the C++ programming language and standard.
This talk will explain how these kinds of attacks work at a high level and provide a clear set of terminology to describe these classes of vulnerabilities and attacks. It will show how the different variants work at the low level of modern hardware to give a detailed and precise understanding of the mechanics involved on CPUs today.
In addition to his plenary address, Chandler will participate in a panel discussion with other experts from across the industry who have helped lead this security incident response.
If you would like to attend CppCon 2018, see great C++ content, and meet our speakers and attendees, but a week’s registration doesn’t fit your time or money budget, consider volunteering.
We are looking for volunteers to help run the conference. We need people to:
help assemble registration packets and badges,
assist speakers with Audio/Video (AV),
and, in general, be on hand to make things run smoothly.
In exchange, we’ll see to it that you’ll spend at least half of your time in sessions. It would be great if you could join us for the whole week, but if you can only make it for one or two days, we can work with that. We have information on our Volunteer Page. If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing the Volunteer Grant Program, new for 2018
Most of the volunteers that we’ve had at CppCon have come from the local area. We are delighted with the support that we’ve received from the Northwest C++ Users’ Group and the Seattle area C++ community. The help that we’ve received running the conference for the last four years has been invaluable for the conference, but it is also a wonderful experience for anyone interested in C++. We’d like to make that opportunity available more broadly, so we are announcing a program to provide financial support that will make it possible for individuals to volunteer, even if they would have to incur travel and lodging expenses to attend the conference.
This program has grants to cover some or (in a few cases) all of the costs of lodging and travel for a limited number of volunteers. Grants will be awarded to applicants that can commit to volunteering for five days. Grant applications will be judged on the basis of participation and leadership in the C++ community.
are active in the C++ community on-line, in your local user group, or at C++ events,
are actively supporting C++ on StackOverflow or GitHub,
have worked on an Open Source C++ project like an Open Source library, CppReference, C++VAP,
The deadline for session submissions is only days away. Review the Call for Submissions and make your submission soon. You can run your ideas by the Submission Advice mailing list, but you must hurry for this. The advice list gets very busy as the deadline draws near.
Call for Program Committee
Because CppCon is a community-run conference, we ask members of the community that are experienced C++ programmers to consider joining the CppCon Program Committee.
The PC’s job is to evaluate the hundreds of submissions that we receive for each conference so we can make the best possible program every year. This is a challenging job and requires a time commitment from a lot of very talented people. PC members get the satisfaction of serving the C++ community and the opportunity to “pay forward” the benefits they’ve received from the conference program. They also have the opportunity to keep abreast of interesting trends and developments in C++. Those PC members who would like to present at CppCon or other conferences will discover that reviewing submissions will result in increased skill at creating compelling conference submissions.
If you have experience creating conference presentations or evaluating conference submissions, please consider helping with the CppCon Submission Advice mailing list.
The work of the Submission Advice volunteers is important to getting the best possible program for the conference each year. It particularly important for us to reach our goal of getting new voices and first time presenters to be represented in the program.
The conference is asking for instructors to submit proposals for classes to be taught in conjunction with next September’s CppCon 2017.
If you are interested in teaching such a class, please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll send you an instructors’ prospectus and address any questions that you might have. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 18th, 2016.
Our contacts at the official conference hotels are predicting that, like last year, all hotel rooms in Bellevue will be booked.
Currently three of our four hotel blocks are full. The Marriott still has some rooms that we’ve reserved for attendees. Originally they had agreed to hold these rooms (at a conference discounted rate) until this Friday, but they’ve agree to extend the deadline to Monday (August 24th) at noon (west coast time).