The 1st International Workshop on Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking will be held on the 11th of April, 2016 in San Francisco, CA, USA in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2016.


11th of April 2016: The paper AirNet: the Edge-Fabric model as a virtual control plane, from Messaoud Aouadj and Emmanuel Lavinal (University of Toulouse & IRIT, France), Thierry Desprats (Universite Paul Sabatier, France) and Michelle Sibilla (University Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3, France) received the best paper award.

17th of March 2016: The workshop technical program can be downloaded from here.

22nd of February 2016: We announced a list of the accepted papers.

17th of February 2016: The camera-ready paper submission deadline is on the 7th of March, 2016. The instructions for the camera-ready paper submission can be found at this link.

20th of December 2016: Paper submission deadline extended to December 23, 2015 (firm).

2nd of December 2016: Paper submission deadline extended to December 20, 2015.

17th November 2016: TPC announced.

1st November 2016: The SWFAN 2016 website is online.

Important Dates
  • Submission deadline:
    December 23, 2015
  • Acceptance notification:
    February 5, 2016
  • Camera ready paper submission:
    March 7, 2016
  • Workshop date:
    April 11, 2016
Call For Papers

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, dynamic load balancing). This paradigm shift essentially 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.

NFV/SDN orchestration can satisfy the evolving requirements of service and infrastructure providers with respect to the resource constraints, dynamic network conditions and service environments. Virtualized NFs should be deployed, located, scaled, and orchestrated in a holistic manner to realize novel services, through exposing their configurations using standardized interfaces, whereas SDN can provide a flexible network plane along these lines. Furthermore, the integration of protocol and application/service processing creates opportunities for enhancing the performance of cloud applications and services when accessed by mobile users.

In this respect, SWFAN aims at bringing together researchers, engineers, and practitioners to discuss challenging aspects of NFV/SDN orchestration, such as the elastic provisioning of computing, storage, and network resources for NF deployment and scaling in the cloud, the development of new models, protocols, algorithms, and abstractions for more flexible and agile network control, management and operation, as well as NFaaS negotiation, contracting, billing, and SLA management.

Topics of Interest

We solicit submissions of previously unpublished work on the following topics of interest (but not limited to):

  • Resource allocation for NF consolidation in clouds
  • Algorithms and methods for network service embedding
  • Interoperability among cloud providers for network service embedding
  • Abstractions and techniques for network service reconfiguration and scaling
  • Service chaining for policy enforcement
  • Architectures and interfaces for NF configuration and control
  • NF verification, systematic testing, fault management, protection
  • NF migration and state management
  • SDN for network service deployment
  • New models, protocols, and abstractions for flexible and agile network operations
  • Design and implementation of NF stores
  • NFaaS negotiation and contracting
  • Resource pricing and billing for NFaaS
  • SLAs for NFaaS
  • Mobile Edge Computing
  • Applications of NFV in cellular and mobile networks
  • Experiences from NFV/SDN deployments in production networks
Submission Instructions

Submitted papers should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE format (double-column, 10pt font). Paper review is single-blind, i.e., papers should include author names and affiliations. To submit your paper for review, you should have an EDAS account and visit this link.

The camera-ready paper submission instructions can be found at this link.

Workshop Organizers
  • Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Nicola Blefari Melazzi, University of Roma Tor Vergata
  • Torsten Braun, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Danny Raz, Technion / Bell Labs, Israel

TPC Co-Chairs
  • Erez Biton, Alcatel Lucent, Israel
  • Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Publicity Chair

Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece

Technical Program Committee
  • Erez Biton, Alcatel Lucent, Israel
  • Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Zravko Bozakov, EMC Research Europe, Ireland
  • Michael Bredel, NEC, Germany
  • Marco Canini, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Zhen Cao, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Walter Cerroni, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Claudio Cicconetti, MBI, Italy
  • Christian Esteve Rothenberg, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil
  • Alex Galis, University College London, UK
  • Omer Gurewitz, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Volker Hilt, Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent, Germany
  • Markus Hofmann, Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent, USA
  • Felipe Huici, NEC Europe Ltd, Germany
  • Holger Karl, University of Paderborn, Germany
  • Wolfgang Kellerer, Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany
  • Kirill Kogan, IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica I+D, Spain
  • Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Vincenzo Mancuso, IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
  • Michael McGrath, Intel Labs, Ireland
  • Antonio de la Oliva, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Symeon Papavassiliou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Juergen Quittek, NEC Europe Ltd, Germany
  • Elisha Rosensweig, CloudBand / Alcatel-Lucent, Israel
  • Yaniv Saar, Bell Labs, Israel
  • Georgios Smaragdakis, MIT, USA
  • George Xilouris, NCSR Demokritos, Greece
  • Frank Zdarsky, Red Hat, Germany

The workshop technical program can be downloaded from here.

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    access_time 08:30 – 08:35
    done Welcome
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    access_time 08:35 – 09:20
    person Keynote 1 (Chair: Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
    • Foggy Networking: Networking in the cloud
    • Laurent Mathy (University of Liege, Belgium)
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    access_time 09:20 – 10:00
    supervisor_account Session 1: Programmability (Chair: Laurent Mathy, University of Liege, Belgium)
    • A Programmable Data Plane for Heterogeneous NFV Platforms
    • Diego Perino (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, France), Massimo Gallo (Bell Labs, Nokia, France), Rafael Laufer (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA), Zied Ben Houidi (Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, France), Fabio Pianese (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Belgium)
    • AirNet: the Edge-Fabric model as a virtual control plane - BEST PAPER AWARD
    • Messaoud Aouadj and Emmanuel Lavinal (University of Toulouse & IRIT, France), Thierry Desprats (Universite Paul Sabatier, France), Michelle Sibilla (University Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3, France)
    access_time 10:00 – 10:30
    free_breakfast Coffee Break
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    access_time 10:30 – 12:00
    supervisor_account Session 2: Function Placement and Network Updates (Chair: Danny Raz, Bell Labs, Nokia, Israel)
    • Dynamic Network Service Optimization in Distributed Cloud Networks
    • Hao Feng (University of Southern California, USA), Jaime Llorca (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA), Antonia Tulino (Bell Laboratories & Università degli studi di Napoli, USA), Andreas Molisch (University of Southern California, USA)
    • Coopetition between Network Operators and Content Providers in SDN/NFV Core Networks
    • Francesco Malandrino, Nir Gazit and David Hay (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
    • Using a Flexibility Measure for Network Design Space Analysis of SDN and NFV
    • Wolfgang Kellerer, Arsany Basta and Andreas Blenk (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    • Scheduling Multi-flow Network Updates in Software-Defined NFV Systems
    • Yujie Liu and Yong Li (Tsinghua University, P.R. China), Marco Canini (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Yue Wang and Jian Yuan (Tsinghua University, P.R. China)
    access_time 12:00 – 13:30
    restaurant Lunch Break
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    access_time 13:30 – 14:15
    person Keynote 2 (Chair: Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
    • Network and Cloud optimization: it’s all about the model
    • Danny Raz (Bell Labs, Nokia, Israel)
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    access_time 14:15 – 15:00
    supervisor_account Session 3: Caching (Chair: Wolfgang Kellerer, Technische Universität München, Germany)
    • Flowcache: A Cache-Based Approach for Improving SDN Scalability
    • Atin Ruia, Christopher Jasson Casey, Sujoy Saha and Alex Sprintson (Texas A&M University, USA)
    • Enabling Transparent Caching in LTE Mobile Backhaul Networks with SDN
    • Moises Rodrigues (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil), György Dán (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Massimo Gallo (Bell Labs, NOKIA, France)
    access_time 15:00 – 15:30
    free_breakfast Coffee Break
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    access_time 15:30 – 16:55
    supervisor_account Session 4: Flexibility and Fault Management (Chair: Lefteris Mamatas, University of Macedonia, Greece)
    • Distributed Data Deluge (D3): Efficient State Management for Virtualized Network Functions
    • Zhen Cao (Huawei Technologies, P.R. China), Ahmed Abujoda and Panagiotis Papadimitriou (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
    • The Case for Data Plane Timestamping in SDN
    • Tal Mizrahi and Yoram Moses (Technion, Israel)
    • SDN Docker: Enabling Application Auto-Docking/Undocking in Edge Switch
    • Yiming Xu, Veeramani Mahendran and Sridhar Radhakrishnan (University of Oklahoma, USA)
    • Causality Inference for Failures in NFV
    • Dan Kushnir (Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, USA), Maayan Goldstein (Bell Labs Israel, Alcatel-Lucent, Israel)
    access_time 16:55 – 17:00
    forum Concluding Remarks
For further information or questions concerning the workshop, you can contact the workshop organizers.
organizers (at) swfan.org