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MMFN 2011 : International Workshop on Mobility Management for Flat Networks


When Oct 6, 2011 - Oct 6, 2011
Where Brest, France
Submission Deadline May 15, 2011
Notification Due Jul 1, 2011
Final Version Due Aug 31, 2011

Call For Papers

International Workshop on Mobility Management for Flat Networks
6 October 2011 (date to be confirmed)

In conjunction with the 14th International Symposium on
Wireless Personal Multimedia Communication
3-6 October, 2011
Brest, France

CFP available on

Cellular networks architectures rely on hierarchical and centralised mobility anchoring functions tracking mobile nodes location and movements while supporting mobile traffic management and indirections. It is now recognized that such approaches lead to scalability issues like the creation of networks bottlenecks in central mobility anchoring functions as well as efficiency issues in cascading several per-user traffic encapsulation/de-capsulation functions. Hence, with the exponential growth in mobile data services usage, scalability and quality of service issues are foreseen even if most of users are not on the move while communicating.

Considering the current trend in flattening networks architectures, new means of supporting mobility can be envisaged in a more distributed and dynamic fashion. Such considerations include end-hosts and network schemes.

In end-hosts schemes, mobility is provided at end-hosts level only, i.e. without requiring mobility management functions support in the network. Some examples are the use of facility offered by transport (M-TCP, SCTP) or application (SIP, HTTP Streaming) layer protocols in switching IP addresses used for end-to-end communications.

In network schemes, new distributed mobility management approaches consider the distribution of anchoring functions among flat networking entities. The main motivation is the elimination of nowadays single point of failures and user traffic bottlenecks. Thus, mobility related working groups in the IETF are now exploring requirements and solutions supporting DMM (Distributed Mobility Management). These new approaches promise the delivery of a better quality of service together with more open networks, well suited to the provision of heterogeneous access and offload solutions. They are also well suited for the integration with both content networking and cloud networking functions at the network edge. However, they may introduce new issues like security or location concerns among others whereas there consideration in the evolution of cellular networks architectures like the EPC one is not yet foreseen in the 3GPP.

The goal of this workshop is to provide and further analyse a comprehensive vision in the design and issues for mobility management schemes in flat networks.

Original papers describing both theoretical and experimental results within the scope of Flat Networks Mobility Management are solicited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Mobility management in flat networks
* Distributed and dynamic mobility support
* Paging and idle mode management in distributed and dynamic mobility schemes
* Fully vs partially distributed mobility architectures
* Scalability issues in current hierarchical/centralised mobility schemes
* End-host vs Network mobility management
* Distributed Mobility Management in LTE/EPC networks
* Mobility management at transport or application layers
* Data mobile usages analysis and forecast
* Security and traceability concerns introduced by distributed mobility schemes
* Identification and location management in distributed mobility approaches
* Content networking in distributed mobile networks
* Cloud networking in distributed mobile networks
* Resource management in heterogeneous distributed mobility schemes
* Flat and heterogeneous networks topologies
* Energy efficiency of distributed mobility schemes

Authors are invited to submit original papers in English (maximum 5 pages) electronically in PDF format through the EDAS system. For all submissions, please use the templates available on the WPMC 2011 website (

Submission deadline: 15 May 2011
Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2011
Camera ready submission: 31 August 2011
Tentative date of the Workshop: 6 October 2011

Philippe Bertin, Orange Labs, France

Ramon Aguero, University of Cantabria, Spain Laszlo Bokor, DME, Hungary Jean-Marie Bonnin, Telecom Bretagne, France Anthony Chan, Huawei, US Johanna Heinonen, Nokia Siemens Networks, Finland Philippe Herbelin, Orange Labs, France Dapeng Liu, Chinal Mobile, China Telemaco Melia, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, France Mai-Trang Nguyen, LIP6, France Simone Ruffino, Telecom Italia, Italia Peter Schoo, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany Pierrick Seité, Orange Labs, France Hidetoshi Yokota, KDDI lab, Korea

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