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Ninth ACM Workshop on


Hot Topics in Networks


October 20-21, 2010

Monterey, CA

Call for Papers (text version)

The Ninth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-IX) will bring together people with interest in computer networks to engage in a lively debate on the 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 discussion of those ideas.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short position papers describing such ideas. A 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, NSDI, MobiCom, PODC, or Infocom.

HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This view includes new ideas relating to (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, network architecture, and disruption-tolerant networks. It 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). A LaTeX template is available here. 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. Papers must contain novel ideas and must differ significantly in content from previously published papers and papers under simultaneous submission.

Important Dates

Abstract registration: Extended to July 5, 2010 (11:59pm EDT)
Paper submission: July 9, 2010 (11:59pm EDT)
Notification of decision: August 27, 2010
Camera-ready submission: September 27, 2010
Workshop dates: October 20-21, 2010