The 2nd International Workshop on Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking will be held on the 1st of May 2017, Atlanta, GA, USA. SWFAN is a full-day workshop that is organized in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2017.


17th of January 2017: Paper submission deadline extended to the 24th of January 2017 (firm).

10th of January 2017: Paper submission deadline extended to the 17th of January 2017.

10th of October 2016: The SWFAN 2017 website is online.

Important Dates
  • Submission deadline:
    January 10, 2017 January 24, 2017
  • Acceptance notification:
    February 22, 2017
  • Camera ready paper submission:
    March 12, 2017
  • Workshop date:
    May 1, 2017
Call For Papers
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. SWFAN solicits submissions 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
  • Experiences from NFV/SDN deployments in production networks
Submission Instructions

Submitted papers should not exceed 6 pages in IEEE format (double-column, 10pt font) and be PDF files (formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper). 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 will be announced soon.

Workshop Organizers
  • 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, Université 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
  • Senan Schmidt, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Alex Sprintson, Texas A&M University, USA
  • John Thomson, OnApp, UK
Tentative Program
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    access_time 08:25 – 08:30
    done Welcome
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    access_time 08:30 – 09:20
    person Keynote 1
    • Mobile Follow-Me Cloud
    • Torsten Braun, University of Bern, Switzerland
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    access_time 09:20 – 10:10
    supervisor_account Session 1: Software-Defined Networking Applications
    • StorageFlow: SDN-Enabled Efficient Data Regeneration for Distributed Storage Systems
    • Sujoy Saha (Texas A&M University, USA), Corey Morrison (Texas A&M University and HPE, USA), Alex Sprintson (Texas A&M University, USA)
    • Hey Network, Can You Understand Me?
    • Azzam Alsudais (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA), Eric Keller (University of Colorado, USA)
    access_time 10:10 – 10:30
    free_breakfast Coffee Break
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    access_time 10:30 – 12:10
    supervisor_account Session 2: Middleboxes and Traffic Steering
    • Composing middlebox and traffic engineering policies in SDNs
    • Yiyang Chang (Purdue University, USA), Gustavo Petri (Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France), Sanjay Rao and Tiark Rompf (Purdue University, USA)
    • MBBrick: Unified Middlebox Design and Deployment in Software Defined Network
    • Xin He and Qing Li (Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, P.R. China), Mingwei Xu (Tsinghua University, P.R. China), Yong Jiang and Lei Wang (Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, P.R. China)
    • One Pass Packet Steering (OPPS) for Stateless Policy Chains in Multi-subscriber SDN
    • Julian Chukwu (University of Ottawa, Canada), Ashraf Matrawy (Carleton University, Canada), Dimitrios Makrakis (University of Ottawa, Canada)
    • Scalable Path Provision in Software Defined Networks
    • Long Luo and Hongfang Yu (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, P.R. China), Shouxi Luo (Huawei, P.R. China)
    access_time 12:10 – 13:30
    restaurant Lunch Break
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    access_time 13:30 – 14:20
    person Keynote 2
    • Exploiting Flexibilities in SDNs: Opportunities, Challenges, and Security Implications
    • Stefan Schmid (Aalborg University, Denmark)
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    access_time 14:20 – 15:10
    supervisor_account Session 3: Software-Defined Networking Control Plane Placement and Flexibility
    • How Flexible is Dynamic SDN Control Plane?
    • Mu He, Arsany Basta, Andreas Blenk and Wolfgang Kellerer (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    • Virtualized Control Plane Placement Problem: Provisioning the Control Paths and Architectures
    • Ishan Vaishnavi (Huawei Technologies Dusseldorf GmBH & European Research Centre, Germany), Wint Yi Poe (Huawei Technologies - European Research Center, Germany)
    access_time 15:10 – 15:40
    free_breakfast Coffee Break
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    access_time 15:40 – 16:20
    supervisor_account Session 4: Network Function Virtualization Approaches
    • Model-based Analytics for Profiling Workloads in Virtual Network Functions
    • Roberto Bruschi (CNIT, Italy), Franco R. Davoli (University of Genoa & National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Italy), Paolo Lago (CNIT, Italy), Jane Frances Pajo (University of Genoa, Italy)
    • Modular Network Function Virtualization
    • Dennis M Volpano (Naval Postgraduate School, USA)
    access_time 16:20 – 16:30
    forum Concluding Remarks
Past Events

The 1st International Workshop on Software-Driven Flexible and Agile Networking was held on the 11th of April, 2016 in San Francisco, CA, USA. More information can be found at the SWFAN 2016 website.

For further information or questions concerning the workshop, you can contact the workshop organizers.
organizers (at) swfan.org