VISA 2010: The Second ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Virtualized Infrastructure Systems and Architectures

New Delhi, India (September 3, 2010)

We are pleased to announce the Second ACM SIGCOMM workshop on Virtualized Infrastructure Systems and Architectures, VISA 2010, co-located with ACM SIGCOMM 2010. The workshop will take place in New Delhi, India, on September 3, 2010.

Below, you can find the Technical Program, the original Call for Papers and the workshop organization.

Technical Program

You can download all VISA papers as a single zip file.

09:00-09:05 Welcome: Cedric Westphal, Guru Parulkar & Amin Vahdat (PC co-chairs)
09:05 - 10:00 Keynote Presentation Chip Elliott (BBN Technologies)
  Talk title: GENI as an early Virtualized Infrastructure Architecture
10:00 - 10:30 Architecture (Chair: Cedric Westphal, Docomo Labs USA)
  Virtual Basestation: Architecture for an Open Shared WiMAX Framework
  Gautam Bhanage (WINLAB, Rutgers University); Ivan Seskar (WINLAB, Rutgers University); Rajesh Mahindra (NEC Labs America); Dipankar Raychaudhuri (WINLAB, Rutgers University)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Architecture (continued) (Chair: Kurt Tutschku, University of Vienna)
  RiaS -- Overlay Topology Creation on a PlanetLab Infrastructure
  Jens Lischka (Paderborn University); Holger Karl (Paderborn University)
  Competitive Analysis for Service Migration in VNets
  Marcin Bienkowski (Poland Institute of Computer Science, University of Wroclaw); Anja Feldmann (TU Berlin / Telekom Laboratories); Dan Jurca (DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe); Wolfgang Kellerer (DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe); Gregor Schaffrath (TU Berlin / Telekom Laboratories); Stefan Schmid (TU Berlin / Telekom Laboratories); Joerg Widmer (DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe)
  Blueprint for Introducing Innovation into Wireless Mobile Networks
  Kok-Kiong Yap (Stanford University); Rob Sherwood (Deutsche Telekom R&D Lab); Masayoshi Kobayashi (NEC); Te-Yuan Huang (Stanford University); Michael Chan (Stanford University); Nikhil Handigol (Stanford University); Nick McKeown (Stanford University); Guru Parulkar (Stanford University)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Embeddings (Chair: Yan Luo, University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
  Designing and Embedding Reliable Virtual Infrastructures
  Wai-Leong Yeow (DOCOMO USA Labs); Cedric Westphal (DOCOMO USA Labs); Ulas Kozat (DOCOMO USA Labs)
  Adaptive Virtual Network Provisioning
  Ines Houidi (Telecom SudParis); Wajdi Louati (Telecom SudParis); Djamal Zeghlache (Telecom SudParis); Panagiotis Papadimitriou (Lancaster University); Laurent Mathy (Lancaster University)
  PolyViNE: Policy-based Virtual Network Embedding Across Multiple Domains
  Mosharaf Chowdhury (University of California, Berkeley); Fady Samuel (University of Waterloo); Raouf Boutaba (University of Waterloo)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Systems (Chair: Tomonori Aoyama, Keio University and NICT)
  Customizing Virtual Networks with Partial FPGA Reconfiguration
  Dong Yin (University of Massachusetts); Deepak Unnikrishnan (University of Massachusetts); Yong Liao (University of Massachusetts); Lixin Gao (University of Massachusetts); Russell Tessier (University of Massachusetts)
  Accelerated Virtual Switching with Programmable NICs for Scalable Data Center Networking
  Yan Luo (University of Massachusetts, Lowell); Eric Murray (University of Massachusetts, Lowell); Timothy Ficarra (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
  Network I/O Fairness in Virtual Machines
  Bilal Anwer (School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech); Nick Feamster (School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech); Ankur Nayak (School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech); Ling Liu (School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech)

Call for Papers

PDF version; Text version.

Infrastructure virtualization has emerged as an important architecture and experimentation concept for the Internet infrastructure. The global computing and communication infrastructure will encompass (as it does today) a diverse and huge collection of networking, computing and storage resources. Together they need to form a coherent infrastructure and meet our society’s requirements for the 21st century. Infrastructure virtualization involves creation of a virtual slice of network, computing and storage resources in support of a service, an application, or an experiment from a physical substrate of diverse resources. Thus infrastructure virtualization provides a platform to allow innovation on a global scale and enables new business models.

There are many technical problems to solve to enable Infrastructure virtualization: how to discover and advertise the resources; how to create and manage an infrastructure slice across diverse resources; how does virtualization extend into the data center or to the wireless edge; how to implement virtualization across heterogeneous resources and protocols; how to map an application or service to run on an infrastructure slice; what applications and capabilities are enabled by infrastructure virtualization; how does infrastructure virtualization impact the business models of network operators; and others.

Many research groups worldwide are pursuing different aspects of infrastructure virtualization; various international funding agencies are actively supporting research in this area; and many providers and vendors are very interested in exploring how this concept and associated technologies would help solve their business problems and create new growth opportunities. The goal of the workshop is to feature recent research and developments related to infrastructure virtualization; to allow exchange of ideas; and to help build a research and user community to explore and help realize the potential of infrastructure virtualization.


We encourage the submission of position papers and of works which encompass the whole infrastructure virtualization (network and storage and computing resources). We solicit previously unpublished work on the following, non exhaustive, list of topics:

Submission Instructions

Authors should submit pdf papers exclusively, to the EasyChair conference management system: Please follow the format of the ACM SIGCOMM 2010 submission guidelines, except VISA does not require anonymity of the authors, and the VISA page limit is eight pages. This workshop strongly encourages the submission of exploratory results that point to new directions and challenges in the design and management of a virtualized infrastructure.

At least one author of any accepted papers is required to register to the workshop and to present the paper in New Delhi, India. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal.

Important dates

Submissions dueFriday April 2, 2010
Notification of acceptanceMonday May 17, 2010
Camera ready version dueFriday May 28, 2010
Workshop dateFriday September 3, 2010

Program Committee

VISA Steering committee Tomonori Aoyama Keio University and NICT
  Anja Feldmann TU Berlin and T Labs
  Nick McKeown Stanford University
  Guru Parulkar Stanford University
  Larry Peterson Princeton University
  Cedric Westphal Docomo Labs USA
PC Co-chairs Guru Parulkar Stanford University
  Amin Vahdat UCSD
  Cedric Westphal Docomo Labs USA
PC Members Hasan Alkhatib Microsoft
  Tomonori Aoyama Keio University and NICT
  Jack Brassil HP Labs
  Stephan Baucke Ericsson
  Christophe Diot Thomson Labs
  Lars Eggert Nokia Research Center
  Serge Fdida UPMC - Paris 6
  Nick Feamster Georgia Tech
  Anja Feldmann TU Berlin and T Labs
  Albert Greenberg Microsoft
  James Kempf Ericsson
  Dae Young Kim Chungnam National University
  Ulas Kozat Docomo Labs USA
  Nick McKeown Stanford University
  Sue Moon KAIST
  Akihiro Nakao University of Tokyo
  Pradeep Padala Docomo Labs USA
  Fabio Picconi Thomson Labs
  Dipankar Raychaudhuri Rutgers University
  Jennifer Rexford Princeton University
  Robert Ricci University of Utah
  Martin Stiemerling NEC Labs Europe
  Stephen Stuart Google
  Kurt Tutschku University of Vienna
  Mustapha Uysal HP Labs
  Xiaoyun Zhu VMware


Keynote: Chip Elliott, BBN Technologies
GENI as an early Virtualized Infrastructure Architecture

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) is a suite of research infrastructure components rapidly taking shape in prototype form across the US. It is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, with the goal of becoming the world's first laboratory environment for exploring future Internets at scale, promoting innovations in network science, security, technologies, services, and applications. Rather than build a separate, parallel set of infrastructure "as big as the Internet," current plans call for GENI-enabling existing testbeds, campuses, regional and backbone networks, cloud computation services, and commercial equipment.

This talk considers GENI within the broader context of emerging Virtualization Infrastructure Architectures, and explores open issues in its architecture, including federation across multiple organizations, resource descriptions, management systems, and incorporation of a range of virtualized technologies from wireless handset access through cloud computation and storage.

chipe.jpg Chip Elliott is Project Director for GENI, the National Science Foundation's virtual laboratory for exploring future internets at scale. He is Chief Engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies and an AAAS and IEEE Fellow with over 85 patents issued and pending. Mr. Elliott has served on many national panels and has held visiting faculty positions at Dartmouth College, Tunghai University in Taiwan, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Camera-ready preparation instructions for VISA

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