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NetSoft 2018 : IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
Submission Date:
2017-12-18 Extended
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Conference Date:
Montreal, Canada
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Call For Papers

The telecommunications landscape is expected to change radically in the next few years. Pervasive ultra-broadband, programmable networks, and cost reduction of IT systems are paving the way to new services and commoditization of telecommunications infrastructure while lowering entrance barriers for new players and giving rise to new value chains. While this results in considerable challenges for service providers, this transformation also brings unprecedented opportunities for the Digital Society and the Digital Economy related to emerging new services and applications.  Examples include Tactile Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Cloud Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. 5G will both accelerate and exploit this huge transformation, and as such, smart networking with embedded AI techniques leveraging NFV and SDN becomes essential. This will be made possible through the exploitation of massive network data with analytic tools and machine learning, allowing for proactive management of softwarized infrastructures.

This trend will be reflected in NetSoft 2018 in the various topics of interest under the theme “Achieving smart network softwarization” and the conference will serve as a forum to discuss the latest advances in this area.

Topics of interest

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into the area of software-defined and virtualized infrastructures. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

    Programmable SDN and NFV
    Softwarized cloud, fog, and edge infrastructures
    Cognitive and autonomic networking
    Network slicing and slice management
    Policy-Based Networking (PBN) and Intent-Based Networking (IBN) in Software-Defined Infrastructures (SDI)
    Centralized vs Distributed control, management & orchestration(/choreography)
    Abstractions and virtualization of resources, services, and functions
    Service function chaining
    Container/microservice-based network functions
    Real-time operations and efficient network/service monitoring in SDN/NFV
    Analytics and big data approaches for managing softwarized networks
    QoS and QoE in softwarized infrastructures
    Resilience, reliability, and robustness of softwarized networks
    Mobility/Security/Safety/Trust support in virtualized environments
    SDN switch/router architecture and design
    APIs, protocols, and languages for programmable networks
    Lifecycle management of network software
    Debugging and introspection of software-defined virtualized systems
    Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV
    Softwarized platforms for Internet of Things (IoT)
    New service models and paradigms enabled by softwarization
    New value chains and business models
    Socio-economic impact and regulatory implications for softwarization
    Energy efficient and green SDI
    Experience reports from experimental testbeds and deployments

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original contributions (written in English) in PDF format. Only original papers not published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Papers can be of two types: full (up to 9 pages) or short (up to 5 pages) papers. Full Papers accepted as short Papers will be required to be reduced to 5-pages length. Papers should be in IEEE 2-column US-Letter style using IEEE Conference template (see and submitted in PDF format via JEMS at:

Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review. All submitted papers will be subject to a peer-review process.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register to the NetSoft 2018 main conference to have their paper published in the conference proceedings. The paper must be presented at the conference by one author to be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-12-10
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