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CNERT 2019 : International Workshop on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds


When Apr 29, 2019 - May 2, 2019
Where Paris, France
Submission Deadline Jan 18, 2019
Notification Due Feb 22, 2019
Final Version Due Mar 3, 2019

Call For Papers

Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that the Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds (CNERT) will be held in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM (29 April - 2 May 2019) in Paris, France. The workshop website is available at

Scope and Topics of Interest

Experimentation has played an important role in advancing research in computing. 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 and testbeds.

This workshop will bring 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, DeterLab, ORBIT, OneLab, FIT, PlanetLab, among many others.

The CNERT workshop has a strong experimental component and includes a live 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
- 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

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

Submission Instructions

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).
- 2-page extended abstract, plus a one page demo proposal (detailed below).
- 2-page white papers for a special “Experimenter’s Wishlist” session (or panel). White papers should present a vision on what new network experiments are desired but currently not possible, as well as the types of capabilities that network testbeds would need to support such experiments.

Demo proposals should include a summary describing the demonstration. Please ensure that demo proposals also include:
- Equipment to be used for the demo. Check the default set-up below.
- Additional facilities needed including estimated power connections needed for the demo, special environments and tools, Internet access, physical space requirements, etc.

The following default set-up will be available for each demo:
- A single table.
- A large (at least 40 inch) monitor.
- Extension power cable/multi-point.
- An easel and poster board for displaying any related poster (size 3x4 foot) in portrait mode.

Best Paper and Best Demo Awards

In addition to a best paper award, CNERT will have a separate award for the best demo that exemplifies the principles of experiment repeatability and reproducibility on real systems with running code.

Important Dates

- Submission deadline: Extended to 11:59pm EST Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
- Notification: February 22, 2019
- Camera ready: March 3, 2019

Workshop Steering Committee

- Piet Demeester, Ghent University - IMEC, Belgium
- Ibrahim Matta, Boston University, USA
- Violet Syrotiuk, Arizona State University, USA (Chair)
- Kaiqi Xiong, University of South Florida, USA

Technical Program Committee Co-chairs

- Jiasi Chen, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.
- Thomas Watteyne, Inria, France

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