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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
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Call For Papers
Each issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC) is devoted to a specific technical topic and thus provides to J-SAC readers a collection of up-to-date papers on that topic. These issues are valuable to the research community and become valuable references. The technical topics covered by J-SAC issues span the entire field of communications and networking. J-SAC publishes only papers that are submitted in response to a Call-for-Papers. These calls are published in J-SAC issues and other publications of the IEEE Communications Society as appropriate to the subject area of the call. Papers submitted for review for possible publication in a J-SAC issue must be submitted to one of the Guest Editors listed in the Call-for-Papers. 

Recent issue themes included:

    Speech and Image Coding.
    Medical Communications.
    HDTV and Digital Video Communications.
    B-ISDN Applications and Economics.
    Wireless Personal Communications.
    Advances in Satellite Communication.
    Fading Channels and Equalization.
    Spread Spectrum.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-16
Special Issues
Special Issue on Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers
Submission Date: 2017-09-30

The architectures of mobile networks (both core and radio access networks), fixed networks, and service delivery platforms are subject to an unprecedented techno-economic transformation. This trend, often referred to as Network Softwarization within an ever-growing community of researchers in both academia and industry, will yield significant benefits in terms of reducing expenditure and operational costs of next generation (5G and beyond) networks. The key enablers are Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, and Cloud, Fog, and (mobile/multi-access) Edge Computing. These technologies are still at their infancy. They introduce significant technical challenges that the research community is tackling. When they are integrated to enable fully programmable, flexible, service/vertical-tailored, and automated end-to-end networks (i.e., network slices), the challenges become more significant. The technical challenges pertain to the overall process, network slice instantiation and maintenance, slicing over multi-domains (i.e., both administrative and technology), orchestration and allocation of shared and isolated resources (i.e., computing and storage capacity, virtualized network functions, networking resources, and physical radio resources), and communication interfaces amongst different network slices along with supporting algorithms and mechanisms. The concept of network softwarization is expected to serve diverse services and verticals, including, but not limited to, Tactile Internet of Things, Pervasive Robotics, Self-driving, Immersive communications, Industry 4.0, and Augmented Reality. We invite high-quality submissions to the IEEE JSAC series on network softwarization and enablers. The first issue of the series will be published in April 2018, followed by a number of other issues to be scheduled in the period of 2018 – 2020. We are seeking papers which have not been published before and are not currently under review by any journal. The scope of this series is papers in the general arena of network softwarization, specifically on, but not limited to, the following topics: - RAN slicing - Mobile core networks and their slicing - Fixed network slicing - Slice programmability, modeling, composition algorithms and deployment - System/service orchestration and management - Network function decomposition - Network function virtualization - Service function chaining - Resource sharing, isolation, and federation - Software defined networking - Cloud computing technologies - Virtualization techniques - (mobile/multi-access) edge and fog computing - MEC-, SDN-, NFV-based network service enhancement - Service, slice, and infrastructure monitoring - Performance, interoperability, and scalability issues - Security, trust, and privacy issues in virtualized environments - Best practices from experimental testbeds, trials and deployment - Verticals, new value chains and business models
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-16
Special Issue on Caching for Communication Systems and Networks
Submission Date: 2017-12-01

The ever-increasing volume of data traffic and the proliferation of services with stringent performance requirements constantly outpace the capacity upgrades in wired and wireless networks, and challenge their performance and their economic viability. At the same time, recent developments, such as the advent of SDN and NFV technologies, the deployment of multi-tier wireless systems, and the novel interplay of caching with physical layer techniques can create novel opportunities for reducing this demand – supply gap. In this new era, it is imperative to systematically revisit the role of caching for a variety of reasons: (a) storage becomes an increasingly low-cost resource, in stark contrast with other resources (e.g., spectrum), and can be embedded in equipment of various form factors in large amounts; (b) novel network architectures emerge such as 5G+ systems and hybrid wired-wireless designs; (c) new business models appear with Over-The-Top service providers deploying their own infrastructure or cooperating with network operators; (d) the needs of users are rapidly changing, consuming huge amounts of content on their mobile devices and generating their own content; (e) social networking platforms are heavily affecting network operation creating additional value but also congestion. Storage and caching can play a fundamental role in this emerging era in communication systems and networks, by increasing the performance of the offered services, reducing operating and capital expenditures, and enabling innovative and game-changing business models. This special issue therefore invites submissions of high-quality original technical and survey papers exploring the role of caching in communication systems and networks, including the following non-exhaustive list of topics: 1.Information-theoretic caching analysis - Fundamental limits of caching - Coded caching design with practical constraints - Receiver and source memory-enhanced communications - Scaling laws of cache networks 2.Caching in next generation wireless systems - HetNet and device-to-device caching - Edge caching, cooperation and femtocaching - Joint caching with scheduling, routing and utility maximization - Secure caching, privacy preservation 3.Content caching and delivery - Design of elastic Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) - Algorithms for storage installation and content placement - Novel aspects of video caching and streaming - Caching economics, collaboration of operators and content providers, OpEx and CapEx analysis, and memory-bandwidth tradeoffs - Caching models for Information Centric Networking 4.Data analytics for caching - Analysis of request data, time-varying content popularity models - Popularity estimation and prediction of viral content - Machine learning and optimization for popularity incentives - Interplay of social networks and caching algorithms
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-09-22
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