Future Directions in Network Architecture

Technical Program

Call For Papers

The architecture of a network specifies the essential principles that guide its design, especially its service and control interfaces, its partitioning into functional components, the interaction amongst these functional components, and the engineering of its protocols and algorithms. Today, the most successful network architecture is that of the Internet. The current Internet architecture has scaled beyond the wildest dreams of its designers. However, it has a number of significant problems when employed to fulfill service requirements or when applied to some classes of networks for which it was not originally designed.  In recent years, several attempts have been made to work around these problems. These range from simple address partitioning (NAT), various proposed changes to the routing and naming infrastructure (ad-hoc, name-based routing, store-and-forward, overlay networks, capabilities for enhanced security, etc) to the use of alternative network architectures such as those proposed for mass-scale sensor networks, networks of mobile wireless devices, and high-delay inter-planetary networks.

This call solicits papers on two broad topics:
  1. Architectural limitations of the current Internet and techniques to overcome these limitations
  2. Descriptions of and innovative architectures for new classes of networks

Submissions ranging from presentations of specific research to more general, philosophical position papers are welcome. Papers that bring out interesting and novel ideas at an early stage in their development are favored over highly polished, journal-style results. Selected papers will be forward-looking, with impact and implications for ongoing or future research.


Submitted papers must be no more than 8 pages long, with no characters in smaller than 10 point fonts. Submit papers using the following link. Papers will be reviewed single blind.

Important note for authors of SIGCOMM Conference position papers:   If you would like your position paper to be considered for inclusion in this workshop (conditional on not appearing in SIGCOMM itself), simply email your SIGCOMM paper id number to the same address (submissions@fdna04.watsmore.net).

Workshop Organizers

Kevin Fall, Intel Research
S. Keshav, University of Waterloo

Program Committee

  • David Cheriton, Stanford University
  • Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge
  • Ted Faber, Information Sciences Institute
  • Paul Francis, Cornell University
  • Sandy Fraser, Fraser Research
  • Mark Handley, UCL
  • Jim Kurose, U Massachussetts, Amherst
  • T. V. Lakshman, Bell Labs
  • Steven McCanne, Riverbed
  • Ion Stoica, University of California,  Berkeley
  • John Wroclawski, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Hui Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lixia Zhang, UCLA

Provisional Deadlines

Submission deadline: May 7, 2004
Notification deadline: May 30, 2004
Camera ready deadline: June 21, 2004

Workshop outcome

The organizers with summarize the discussions and the conclusions reached to provide directions for future research.  The proceedings will be published by ACM SIGCOMM.


Last Modified: February 11, 2004