2016 USENIX Vail Computer Elements Workshop



The USENIX Vail Computer Elements Workshop is a unique four day workshop that has been around for 46 years serving leading architects of the computer industry. This intentionally small workshop is intended to allow a lively interaction between the participants and the speakers. The agenda is 100% invited technical talks and the audience is mostly previous speakers. Past keynotes have been Seymour Cray, Gordon Moore, Burton Smith, and Ivan Sutherland.

This year marks the 46 year of the workshop. The workshop will be held June 19 - 22, 2016 at the Christiania at Vail.


John Kelsey


This year's Keynote will be Cryptography in the New World Order by John Kelsey Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Computer Security Division


Given the recent events in the world of information security, the requirements and methods of creating consensus on cryptographic algorithms and protocols has shifted. This will cause deep changes in infrastructure potentially down to the instructions in the processors. This talk will discuss one person’s opinions on how the future may play out.


John's main interests center around using cryptography and computer security to solve real-world problems. John has been working in cryptography for about 20 years doing research and writing papers, writing standards, written and reviewed code. He's designed algorithms and protocols, some of which were broken, others which have survived so far. Since joining NIST in 2003 he has had the opportunity to work on some really fascinating projects, including secure random number generation, electronic voting, and selecting a new standard hash function.


 Sessions Chairs Affiliation
Processor Technology Jay Fleischman
Richard Grisenthwaite
Process Technology Yahya Sotoudeh
Foltin Martin
Security Jon Callas
Scott Moore
World Benders
Novel Software Approaches David Cunningham
Jim Pinkerton
Internet of Things Pete Wilson
Bill Huffman
Cadence (Tensilica)
Analog and Sensors Michael Allen
Brian Kahne
Analog Devices
Consumer Electronics Atsushi Hasegawa
Yoshio Masubuchi



The workshop is "all inclusive". The workshop fee covers the event, housing and all food from dinner Sunday through lunch Wednesday.

Fees will be:
  Early Late
after June 1
Usenix Members $950 $1,050
Non-members $1,050 $1,150



Registration fees include the workshop, lodging and meals. The prices increase by $100 on June 1st.

Purchase your ticket now.


The workshop has been held since 1974 and some of the past workshops are available online.

The executive committee can be found here.