Special Session on Flexible, Programmable and Energy-Efficient Networking

  • To face the challenges posed by new traffic paradigms and services (emerging, for instance, by 5G mobile networks and the Internet of Things, among others) a more aggressive use of virtualization is being pursued in all network segments. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is shifting the network design and resource allocation toward software-oriented solutions. Though NFV greatly enhances the flexibility and programmability of network devices and, alongside Software Defined Networking (SDN), the network controllability in the presence of dynamic traffic variations, both in composition and volume, it is not straightforward to determine to what extent it can influence energy efficiency. Moving network functions from specialized hardware to software-driven general-purpose machines may entail an increase in energy consumption, unless compensated by multi-objective optimization and consolidation techniques, capable of controlling the tradeoff between energy expenditure and Quality of Service (QoS) / Quality of Experience (QoE) requirements.

    The complex interactions between the energy consumed by virtualized servers, the server farms on which they execute, the datacenter networks that interconnect them, and the wider network from which users access services and data, require a holistic approach to energy efficiency. This approach should be capable of addressing many different critical aspects and basic strategies of current ICT and network technologies, with the ultimate overall goal of a rational usage of physical resources. In this perspective, energy efficiency (with respect to a non-optimized scenario) may be viewed as an indicator of the “health” of the overall computing and networking ecosystem. It reflects the extent of exploitation of computing, storage, and communications hardware capabilities to the degree needed to support the current workload generated by applications at the required QoS/QoE level.

    :: The session will host both invited and contributed papers covering, but not limited to, the following topics
    • Tradeoff between energy consumption and QoS
    • Optimization of energy consumption under QoS/QoE constraints
    • Consolidation techniques
    • Green approaches to NFV
    • Green extensions of SDN
    • Green mechanisms and architectures for cross-platform (NFV/SDN/Cloud) optimization
    • Energy-efficient 5G backhaul networks
    • Energy efficiency in virtualized personal user environments
    • Green fog computing and networking
    • Energy efficiency in cloud computing and datacenters
    • Cloud offloading through green programmable networks
    • Programmability vs. energy efficiency tradeoff
    • Experimental test-beds and trials
    • Green standardization activities
    :: Session Chairs
    • Franco Davoli, University of Genoa, Italy
    • Roberto Bruschi, CNIT, Italy
    • Nguyen Huu Thanh, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam
    :: Session Organization Committee
    • Michele Albano, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
    • Raffaele Bolla, University of Genoa, Italy
    • Erol Gelenbe, Imperial College London, UK
    • Fawaz AL-Hazemi, KAIST, Korea
    • Thierry E. Klein, Bell Labs and GreenTouch, US
    • Tuan Le, Middlesex University, UK
    • Michela Meo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    • Julius Mueller, AT&T, US
    • Ewa Niewiadomska-Szynkiewicz, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
    • Mario Pickavet, Ghent University, Belgium
    • Suresh Singh, Portland State University, US
    • Houbing Song, West Virginia University, US
    • Tuan Anh Trinh, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
    • Rod Tucker, University of Melbourne, Australia
    :: Submission
    All authors should prepare full versions of papers in Microsoft Word (DOC) or Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers must be limited to six pages, including text, references, tables and figures, and should be submitted online via https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=21277&track=77745. All papers should be prepared according to the IEEE standard template, see http://www.icce-2016.org/submission.
    :: Publication
    All accepted papers will be published in the ICCE 2016 Conference Proceedings, while papers accepted for oral presentation will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®. The proceedings of ICCE series will be submitted to be listed in Conference Proceeding Citation Index (CPCI) of Thomson Reuters.
    :: Important Dates
    • Extended hard submission deadline (*): January 20th, 2016 February 12th, 2016
    • Acceptance notification: March 30th, 2016 April 30th, 2016
    • Registration and camera-ready version: April 11th, 2016 May 20th, 2016
    • Conference date: July 27th – 29th, 2016

    (*)Note: Special sessions are still open until February 29th for submission.

    :: Contact
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