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Seventh ACM Workshop on


Hot Topics in Networks


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

October 6-7, 2008

Call for Papers

The Seventh ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks ( HotNets-VII), to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will bring together researchers in the networking systems community to engage in lively discussion of future trends in networking research and technology. The workshop, which is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, provides a venue for researchers to present and discuss ideas that have the potential to significantly influence the community in the long term; the goal is to promote community-wide discussions of those ideas, building upon the successes of previous HotNets workshops.

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. We expect that work introduced at HotNets-VII, once fully thought through, completed, and described in a finished form, may be relevant to conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, SOSP, OSDI, SenSys, or MobiCom. Topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

Position papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of spawning insightful discussion and technical merit. 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:

The workshop will be held at the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary.

HotNets-VII is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM. Local financial and in-kind support is provided by iCORE and the University of Calgary.

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be no longer than 6 pages (10 point font, 1 inch margins). All submissions must be blind. Submissions must not indicate the names or affiliations of the authors in 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. Please number your pages. HotNets-VII reviews will follow standard academic practice, although some rejected papers may not receive full-length reviews.

Paper submissions are handled through

The paper submission deadline is July 12, 2008 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time. No extensions will be granted. Other workshop-related deadlines are listed on the important dates page.

For your information, the Program Chairs and Program Committee (PC) members are listed on the organizing committee page.

A plain-text version of this CFP is also available.