Call for Papers

The Fifth Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets-V, will bring together researchers in the networking systems community to engage in lively discussion of future trends in networking research and technology. The workshop will provide a venue for researchers to present and discuss ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the community in the long term; its goal is to promote community-wide discussions of those ideas.

Each potential participant should submit a short position paper describing such an idea. The paper could, for example, expose a new problem, advocate a new solution, or re-frame or debunk existing work.

We encourage submissions of early work, with novel and interesting ideas, across the broad range of networking systems research. Work introduced at HotNets-V, once fully thought through, completed, and written up in a finished form, may be relevant to conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, SOSP, OSDI, SenSys, or MobiCom, or may have not yet found a home in the current spectrum of networking systems conferences. Topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

Position papers will be selected based on originality, technical merit, and the likelihood that their authors' presentations and interventions will lead to insightful technical discussions at the workshop. Online copies of accepted position papers will be made publicly available via the Web prior to the workshop, and printed proceedings will be published. Additionally, a workshop summary will be published in ACM SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review (CCR), widely disseminating the ideas discussed at the workshop.

Attendance will be limited to around 60 people in order to ensure an interactive workshop atmosphere. Invitations to attend the workshop will be extended according to the following priorities:

Hotnets-V is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM and NSF.

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be no longer than 6 pages (10 point font, 1 inch margins). Authors may choose to submit a blind or non-blind paper. A blind submission will not indicate the names or affiliations of the authors in the paper; a non-blind submission will include the names and affiliations of each author on the first page of the paper. Only electronic submissions in PostScript or PDF will be accepted. Submissions must be written in English, render without error using standard tools (Ghostview or Acrobat Reader), and print on US-Letter sized paper. HotNets-V reviews will follow standard academic practice, although some rejected papers may not receive full-length reviews. Submission information will be posted at

Important Dates

Submissions due Friday, 11 August 2006
(11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time)
No extensions will be granted.
Notification of acceptance Monday, 16 October 2006
Camera-ready copy due Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Workshop Wednesday-Thursday, 29-30 November 2006
Beckman Center, Irvine, California


General Chair Xiaowei Yang, UC Irvine
Program Committee Frank Dabek, Google
Cristian Estan, University of Wisconsin
Anja Feldmann, TU München
Rebecca Isaacs, Microsoft Research
Eddie Kohler, UCLA (Co-chair)
Ratul Mahajan, Microsoft Research
Greg Minshall, unaffiliated (Co-chair)
Vivek Pai, Princeton
Vern Paxson, ICSI/LBNL
Sylvia Ratnasamy, Intel Research