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JNSM SI - HiPNet 2022 : Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM) Special Issue on High Precision, Predictable, Low-Latency Networking


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Submission Deadline Feb 28, 2022
Notification Due Apr 30, 2022
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2022
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Call For Papers

Journal of Network and Systems Management

Call for Papers: Special Issue on High-Precision, Predictable and Low-Latency Networking

New waves of networked applications continue to push the limits of what is possible with networks today. For example, Industrial Internet applications, Augmented Reality, Tactile Internet require ultra-low latency measured in single-digit milliseconds and do not tolerate jitter at all. Economic pressures mandate increasingly cloudification of real-time applications with precision service level needs. Many of those applications are mission-critical and cannot afford any loss in connectivity or even single packets. Collectively, these applications require networking services that support high-precision and predictable service levels with associated guarantees that border on determinism. This requires a rethinking of many of the principles underlying existing "Best Effort" internetworking technology.

Various approaches are emerging that try to tackle those challenges. Data centers with fixed topologies and a constant number of hops rapidly replace conventional routing and more general Internet topologies. Networks are becoming more programmable to allow to custom-tailor and optimize treatment of packets and flows. Related technologies range from Service Function Chaining to Network Slicing to SDN. While 5G is making URLLC at the network edge a reality, momentum for Beyond 5G (B5G) and 6G is building to push the boundaries of precision services beyond the edge and across the core. One overarching question concerns how these technologies can be harnessed and what additional approaches are needed to be able to actually deliver on high-precision networking with service levels that are predictable and that can be guaranteed. This will involve advances across all networking planes, including but not limited to approaches for the programming and processing of packets in the data plane, evolved control interfaces and ultra-low latency control loops to optimize service levels in the control-plane, methods for high-precision measurements and telemetry with nanosecond accuracy at scale, as well as advances in the related platforms and algorithms in the management plane.

This special issue focuses on challenges and solution approaches to deliver, manage, control, monitor, and measure high-precision network services that provide applications with predictable service levels that can be guaranteed. This includes (Ultra) Low-Latency networks, deterministic networks, 6G, etc. The special issue specifically encourages submission of papers that describe disruptive concepts, innovative solutions, testbeds, experiments, in addition to more evolutionary approaches.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to the following:
• Platforms and solutions to manage and operate high-precision networks and services, e.g., Industrial Networks, Tactile Networks, Augmented Reality (AR), and cloud gaming
• Proof and validation of high-precision service level guarantees
• High-precision measurement techniques for ultra-low latency and jitter
• Service level assurance for micro services and service function chains
• Applications for and advances in Inband Network Telemetry and iOAM
• In-network service level tuning and optimization; predictable QoS
• Novel network programming models
• Applications of Artificial Intelligence for high-precision networking
• Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), Deterministic Networking (DetNet), Network Protocol Evolution for IT/OT convergence
• SDN applications for high-precision, high-performance networking
• High-precision cloud networking services using Fog and Edge Computing
• Deployment and operational experiences with Industrial Internet, Tactile Internet, networked AR, cloud gaming
• 5G/B5G approaches
• Testbeds and platforms for High-Precision (OAI, MAGMA, OpenNetVM, etc.)
• Network optimization and hardware considerations for fast processing and delivery (DPDK, etc.)

Submission Schedule

We use an “open” submission schedule, which means that you can submit your paper at any time before we close the call (see below) and that we will start the review process right after receiving the submission. Many of the dates indicated below are therefore stated relative to the date the submission was initially received.
• Call closes: February 28, 2022
• Revision notification: 2 months after submission
• Revised paper due: 1.5 months after the revision notification
• Final notification: 1.5 months after the revised paper notification
• Expected publication of the special issue: third quarter of 2022 (early accepted papers will be accessible online before the deadline)

Submission Format and Review Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts must be written in English and must not exceed 30 pages in Springer LNCS format. Your paper must describe original research not published or currently under review by other journals or conferences. Parallel submissions will not be accepted.

All submitted papers, if relevant to the theme and objectives of the special issue, will go through an external peer-review process. Submissions should (i) conform strictly to the Instructions for Authors available on the JNSM website and (ii) be submitted through the Editorial Management system available at

See also

Guest editors:
• Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada, email:
• Alexander Clemm, Futurewei, USA; email:
• Guillaume Doyen, IMT Atlantique, France; email:
• Bertrand Mathieu, Orange Labs, France; email:
• Mohamed Faten Zhani, ETS Montreal, Canada; email:

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