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CNERT 2021 : Workshop on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2021


When May 10, 2021 - May 10, 2021
Where Virtual
Submission Deadline Jan 11, 2021
Notification Due Feb 1, 2021
Final Version Due Feb 15, 2021

Call For Papers

Workshop on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds

in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2021

May 10, 2021, virtual workshop

Experimentation has played an important role in advancing research

in computing and networking. Although simulation is an important

tool for studying and analyzing the behavior of new protocols and

algorithms, it is essential that new research ideas be validated

on real systems, testbeds, and infrastructure that provides a

platform for exploring new systems.

This workshop brings together researchers and technical experts to

share experiences and advance the state of the art in experimental

research in areas such as networking, distributed systems, and

cloud computing. It aims to inspire researchers to use testbeds in

novel and interesting ways as a means to validate research ideas.

Of particular interest are experiments on publicly available

testbeds such as GENI, the Fed4FIRE+ testbeds, Emulab, CloudLab,

Chameleon, DeterLab, ORBIT, OneLab, FIT, PlanetLab, CENI, FABRIC,

EMPOWER, COSMOS, POWDER, AERPAW (future), among many others.

The CNERT workshop has a strong experimental component and includes a demo session.

We solicit papers and demo proposals with experimental results from

testbeds from areas including, but not limited to:

* Wireless network experimentation (including low-power wireless,

Internet-of-Things and sensor networks, LTE and WiMAX

communications and services, 5G, mmWave)

* Wired network experimentation (including optical networks)

* Distributed systems

* Cloud computing and big data

* Edge computing

* Computer and network security

* Softwarization and virtualization of radios and networks

* Software defined networking (SDN)

* Future internet architectures

* Network economics and pricing

* Augmented and virtual reality

* Systems support for AI and ML

Experiments may focus on challenges including, but not limited to:

* Instrumentation and measurement

* Large-scale experiments

* Evaluation and analysis of experiment data

* Creation and sharing of datasets of broad interest to the community

* Experiment design and deployment

* Designs for repeatability and reproducibility

* Tools and services for testbed users and operators

* Experiments on federated testbeds

* Testbed implementation and deployment

For CNERT 2021 we solicit:

* 6-page research papers. All research papers are encouraged to

participate in the demo session. One additional page is permitted

in the initial submission to provide a demo proposal associated with

the paper (detailed below). An additional page is permitted in the

initial submission, which will allow the authors to provide

information on how the results presented in their paper can be

reproduced (detailed below).

* 2-page extended abstract, plus a one page demo proposal (detailed


Demo proposals:

Submissions including a demo proposal should include a one page summary

describing the demonstration. Please ensure that demo proposals also


* A description of the testbed used along with the specific


* The steps of the experiment that will be demonstrated

* Any publicly available or published artifacts that other users can

access in order to repeat the demonstrated experiment

Note that this year’s demonstrations will be given virtually.

Participants should plan to provide a video of the demonstration that

will be played for the attendees followed by a live question and

answer session.


To foster reproducibility in the area of computing and networking

research, CNERT 2021 introduces the option for authors to provide

additional information (in a 1-page abstract) that will allow third

parties to execute the experiments presented in their submission.

Submissions that have been accepted for publication and have provided

reproducibility information, and for which presented results could be

successfully reproduced by a member of the TPC will be considered for

a reproducibility award! The following information should be provided

in the 1-page reproducibility appendix:

* A quick description on how the experiment(s) is (are) executed.

* Links that provide further information (description to reserve a

testbed slice, scripts, etc.) should be provided.

* Further links to a web site or a code repository can also be provided

if that supports reproducibility.

Best Paper and Best Demo Awards:

In addition to the best paper award, CNERT will have a separate award for

the best demo. Both awards will favor submissions that exemplify the

principles of experiment repeatability and reproducibility of code

running on real testbeds.


Submission deadline: January 11, 2021

Notification: February 1, 2021

Camera ready: February 15, 2021

Workshop date: May 10, 2021

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