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FlexNGIA 2021 : 1st IFIP/IEEE International workshop on Fully-Flexible Internet Architectures and Protocols for the Next-Generation Internet


When May 17, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Where Bordeaux, France
Submission Deadline Jan 29, 2021
Notification Due Feb 18, 2021
Final Version Due Mar 5, 2021
Categories    computer science   computer networks   future internet

Call For Papers



1st IFIP/IEEE International workshop on
Fully-Flexible Internet Architectures and Protocols
for the Next-Generation Internet (FlexNGIA 2021)

in collocation with IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on
Integrated Network Management (IM2021)
17-21 May 2021 // Bordeaux, France


The rise of edge, cloud and in-network computing and the proliferation of Artificial
Intelligence (AI) are promoting the development of innovative applications like
virtual/augmented reality, telepresence, autonomous systems, remotely controlled
robotics and tactile applications, promising to revolutionize health-care,
transportation, industry, agriculture, society and culture. However, to deploy such
applications and to comply with their requirements, there is a need for a Tactile
Internet that, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), combines
ultra low latency with extremely high availability, reliability and security.

Unfortunately, current Internet architecture and protocols fall short when it comes
to providing such requirements due to several fundamental design and implementation
limitations. As a result, there is a compelling need to rethink the Internet
architecture and protocols to overcome those limitations by efficiently harnessing
recent technological advances in terms of virtualization, network softwarization,
NFV/SDN, data plane programmability and even when they break the tenets of the current
Internet. Such an architecture is embodied in the FlexNGIA Architecture
( that has the potential to enable novel network services and
management schemes adapted to the requirements of future applications.

Topics of Interest
The topics addressed in this workshop include, but are not limited to:

- Analysis of the characteristics and requirements of future network applications.

- Gap analysis highlighting the limitations of the traditional Internet architecture
and protocols and their inability to cater to future applications’ requirements.

- Design and evaluation of new architectural paradigms and communication
Protocols as well as network management schemes based on AI/ML and distributed
decision making.

- Use-cases and specific applications and potential mechanisms, protocols
and schemes to ensure the performance and reliability required by future
applications including the move to Industry 5.0 and 6G networks.

- Solutions to further develop the FlexNGIA towards a full-fledged architecture by
addressing key research challenges including service function chaining, functional
decomposition, alternative Network/Transport protocols, resource management,
signaling, design of high-performance virtual network functions and services,
high-precision monitoring, measurements and in-network telemetry, pricing and
economics, Security and privacy.

More challenges are available at

Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit original contributions. Submitted manuscripts should use
IEEE 2-column conference style and are limited to 6 pages (including references).
The submission link will be available soon at

Important Dates
- Paper submission deadline: January 29, 2021 (extended)
- Paper acceptance notification: February 18, 2021
- Camera-ready version due: March 5, 2021

Organizing Committee

General co-chairs
Marie-Jose Montpetit, Concordia University, Canada
Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum/University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Rui L. Aguiar, University of Aveiro, Portugal

TPC co-chairs
Nadjib AitSaadi, Paris-Saclay University, France
Noura Limam, University of Waterloo, Canada
Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, UFRGS, Brazil

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