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Join us for Tectonics

November 2 2023
San Francisco

A big shift towards memory safety

In relatively short order, the topic of memory safety has gained momentum from being viewed as an unrealistic endeavor to one that is being solved. Join ISRG as it brings together a small group of leaders paving the way towards a more memory safe Internet.

In a day-long convening, practitioners, technical leaders, and policy-makers will gather to dive into a 2.0 conversation about improving memory safety, moving beyond the basic issues of its importance to focus on how we can get to a more memory safe future, faster. Working group discussion topics will include:

  • Facilitating adoption of memory safe code for Internet critical infrastructure
  • Facilitating the adoption of memory safe code in industry
  • Memory safety roadmaps for organizations
  • Rust: Facilitating the inclusion of packages in operating systems
  • Rust: Facilitating adoption in cryptography
  • Rust: Facilitating adoption in the embedded space
  • Rust: Improving trust in dependency trees

Through proctored conversations, the end result of Tectonics will be clear and actionable recommendations that Prossimo will publish and distribute.


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Notable Attendees

Alex Rebert

Andrew Whalley

Bob Lord

Chris Palmer

Craig Newmark

Dirkjan Ochtman

Edward Wang

Folkert de Vries

Joel Marcey

Josh Aas

Kevin Riggle

Matthew Riley

Michael Brennan

Sarah Gran

Stephen Ludin

Window Snyder

Our Approach

We’re taking an approach intended to foster the most productive possible discussions about various topics we’ve set forth.

The people we’re gathering are, with few or no exceptions, already familiar with the basics of memory safety and the conversation around it. We will not rehash the basics, instead we will focus on moving the conversation forward. Moderators will start each track with pre-populated notes covering many of the basics so we can iterate and improve on previous discussions.

Participants will rank track options in order of preference in advance of the convening, primarily so that participation in each track can be balanced and of manageable size. A primary and secondary track will be assigned day-of.

Each track will be structured around a set of questions and prompts. When track discussion time starts, participants will go to the table for their track.

Each track will have a moderator. The moderator will keep the group on track, select speakers, and ensure equitable speaking time.

Each track will also have a note taker. The note taker will be building an outline for a final report during the discussion. This outline will be visible to all participants on a screen.

In the weeks after the event, the reports from each track will be completed and published via a blog post. Their contents will be used to help guide the development and adoption of memory safe software industry-wide, including Prossimo’s work going forward.


Note: This is a draft agenda; speakers and topics will be finalized closer to the event.

8:00 AM

Breakfast and Mingling

9:00 AM

Welcome and opening remarks

9:15 AM

Keynote #1 and Moderated Q&A

9:45 AM

Keynote #2 and Moderated Q&A

10:15 AM


10:30 AM

Track Working Group Time

11:30 AM


12:30 PM

Keynote #3 and Moderated Q&A

1:00 PM

Track Working Group Time

2:00 PM

Track cross-pollination conversation time with snacks

3:00 PM

Track Working Group Time

4:00 PM

Concluding Remarks


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