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SWFAN 2017 : 2nd International Workshop on Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking


When May 1, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Where Atlanta, GA, USA
Submission Deadline Jan 10, 2017
Notification Due Feb 22, 2017
Final Version Due Mar 12, 2017
Categories    SDN   nfv   networking

Call For Papers


2nd International Workshop on Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking (SWFAN 2017)
May 1 2017, Atlanta, GA, USA

(in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2017)

Scope and Topics of Interest

The NFV/SDN paradigms promote the deployment of Network Functions (NF) as software components
into cloud infrastructures, and the identification of relevant abstractions for their configuration,
control and management. Such NFs can comprise processing elements in the data plane (e.g., packet
inspection, filtering, flow-level monitoring, or access control) as well as control-plane components
(e.g., signaling, routing, load balancing, mobility management). This paradigm shift enables new cloud
service models, i.e., NF-as-a-service (NFaaS), which can lead to significant operational and technology
investment cost savings for service providers. Beyond that, telecom operators can greatly benefit from
NFV/SDN, considering the increasing trend to implement mobile communication network functions in software.
Software-based networks can mitigate problems and shortcomings of today's networks, such as long
provisioning times, with wasteful over-provisioning used to meet variable demand, and reliance on rigid
and cost-ineffective hardware devices. Therefore, there is an increasing need for more flexibility and
agility that can be attained via the architectural decomposition of network components and network services
into elementary, reusable primitives as well as the virtualization of network processing elements.

In this respect, SWFAN aims at bringing together researchers, engineers, and practitioners to discuss the
latest advances on architectures, algorithms, abstractions, and technologies for fluidity, flexibility, and
agility in software-based networks. We particularly solicit submissions of unpublished work on (i) the
rapid and elastic provisioning of computing, storage, and network resources for NF deployment and scaling
in virtualized infrastructures, (ii) the development of new models, protocols, algorithms, and abstractions
for more flexible and agile network control, (iii) the specification and development of elementary and
reusable primitives for flexible network processing, and (iv) new technologies for high-performance processing.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Algorithms and methods for NF placement
• Dynamic NF state management
• Service chaining
• Abstractions and techniques for network service reconfiguration and scaling
• Architectures and interfaces for NF configuration and control
• NF verification, systematic testing, fault management, and protection
• New models, protocols, and abstractions for flexible and agile network operations
• Flexible management, control, and slicing in 5G
• Programmable data planes
• Network updates for software-based networks
• Radio Access Network (RAN) virtualization
• Mobile Edge Computing
• Experiences from NFV/SDN deployments in production networks

Submission Instructions

Papers should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE format (double-column, 10pt font) and should be submitted via EDAS
in PDF (formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper). Reviews will be single-blind, i.e., the papers should include the
author names and affiliations.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: January 10, 2017
Acceptance notification: February 22, 2017
Camera ready: March 12, 2017
Workshop: May 1, 2017

Workshop Organizing Team

Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Nicola Blefari Melazzi, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Torsten Braun, University of Bern, Switzerland
Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece
Panagiotis Papadimitriou, University of Macedonia, Greece
Danny Raz, Technion, Israel

TPC Co-Chairs

Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece
Stefano Salsano, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Erez Biton, NOKIA Bell Labs, Israel
Matthew Broadbent, Lancaster University, UK
Zhen Cao, Huawei, China
Giuseppe Carella, TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Marinos Charalambides, University College London, UK
Marco Chiesa, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Claudio Cicconetti, MBI, Italy
Stuart Clayman, University College London, UK
Didier Colle, Ghent University – IMEC, Belgium
Daniel Corujo, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Antonio de la Oliva, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Christian Esteve Rothenberg, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil
Vasilis Friderikos, Kings College London, UK
Alex Galis, University College London, UK
David Hausheer, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Volker Hilt, NOKIA Bell Labs, Germany
Markus Hofmann, NOKIA Bell Labs, USA
Holger Karl, University of Paderborn, Germany
Eric Keller, University of Colorado, USA
Wolfgang Kellerer, Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany
Christos Liaskos, FORTH, Greece
Ibrahim Matta, Boston University, USA
Michael McGrath, Intel Labs, Ireland
Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK
Sergio Palazzo, University of Catania, Italy
Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Roberto Riggio, Create-Net, Italy
Stefan Schmid, Aalborg University, Denmark
Florian Schmidt, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
Alex Sprintson, Texas A&M University, USA
John Thomson, OnApp, UK

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