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Eighth ACM Workshop on


Hot Topics in Networks


October 22-23, 2009

New York City, NY

Call for Papers (text version)

The Eighth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-VIII) will bring together people with interest in computer networks to engage in a lively debate on theory and practice of networking. Continuing the HotNets tradition, the workshop will provide a venue for presenting and discussing innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly influence the community. The goal is to promote community-wide discussions of those ideas.

We invite researchers as well as practitioners to submit a short position paper describing such an idea. The paper could, for example, expose a new problem, advocate a new approach, re-frame or debunk existing work, report unexpected results from a deployment, or propose new evaluation methodologies. We especially encourage submissions of early-stage work and enticing but unproven ideas. Once fully developed and evaluated, the work may be relevant to conferences such as SIGCOMM, SOSP, SenSys, MobiCom, PODC, or Infocom.

HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This view encompasses all kinds of modern day computer networks, including (but not limited to) home and enterprise networks, ISP networks, sensor and personal area networks, wireless and acoustic networks, data center networks, peer-to-peer networks, and disruption-tolerant networks. It also encompasses all aspects of such networks, including (but not limited to) resource management, economics and evolution, robustness and security, mobility, interactions with applications, energy, measurement and diagnosis, and hardware.

Position papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of spawning insightful discussion at the workshop, and technical merit. Accepted papers will be posted online prior to the workshop and a workshop summary will be published in ACM SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review (CCR), widely disseminating the ideas discussed at the workshop.

Workshop Participation

HotNets is an invitation-only workshop. To ensure an interactive atmosphere, attendance will be limited to around 60 people. Invitations will be extended per the following priorities:

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 PDF will be accepted. Submissions must be written in English, render without error using standard tools (e.g., Acrobat Reader), and print on US-Letter sized paper. HotNets-VIII reviews will follow standard academic practice, although some rejected papers may not receive full-length reviews.

Submit your papers here.

Important Dates

Abstract registration: July 17, 2009 (11:59pm EDT)
Paper submission: July 24, 2009 (11:59pm EDT)
Notification of decision: September 15, 2009
Camera-ready submission: October 1, 2009
Workshop dates: October 22-23, 2009