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ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN 2014)

Co-located with ACM SIGCOMM’14
August 22, 2014
Chicago, IL.

Technical Program

Call for Papers

Software Defined Networking (SDN) refactors the relationship between network devices and the software that controls them. Opening up the interfaces to programming the network enables more flexible and predictable network control, and makes it easier to extend the network with new functionality. SDN is being employed in a large and growing number of experimental and production settings spanning campus networks, telcos, clouds, and online service provider networks. A variety of new applications have been developed, including network virtualization, responsive traffic engineering, dynamic access control, seamless mobility support, etc.

HotSDN aims to bring together industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN. We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short papers. Such papers could, for example, present new ideas for designing switch hardware and APIs that offer greater flexibility without compromising performance; describe new software platforms for better control and management of software defined networks; shed light on experiences deploying software defined networks in the wild; describe novel SDN use cases; present novel ideas for inter-operating SDNs with legacy equipment; and so on.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submission of short previously unpublished papers on Software Defined Networking. We particularly encourage position papers and radical ideas that challenge state-of-the-art in SDN.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • SDN applications to home, wireless, cellular, enterprise, data-center, and backbone networks
  • SDN applications to network management, monitoring, security, etc.
  • Security of SDN infrastructure
  • Virtualization in SDNs
  • Switch designs for SDN
  • Application programming interfaces for SDNs
  • Control and management software for SDNs
  • Programming languages, verification techniques, and tools for SDNs
  • Performance evaluation of SDN switches and controllers
  • Experiences deploying SDN technology and applications in operational networks
  • Transitioning existing networks to SDN
  • Placement and factoring of SDN control logic
  • SDN-like control applied to other settings, e.g., transport, physical layer, wireless, etc.


Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, references, and appendices in two-column 10pt ACM format. Please see the workshop webpage for further guidelines.

Important Dates

  • March 18, 2014

    Abstract registration

  • March 25, 2014

    Submissions due

  • April 30, 2014


  • June 18, 2014

    Camera ready versions due

  • August 22, 2014

    Workshop date


  • PC Co-Chairs
  • Aditya Akella


  • Albert Greenberg


  • Program Committee
  • Najam Ahmad


  • Paul Barford


  • Marco Canini


  • Diego Crupnicoff


  • Dan Daly


  • Dinesh Dutt


  • Tom Edsall


  • Ali Ghodsi


  • Arjun Guha


  • Ariel Hendel


  • Vimalkumar Jeyakumar


  • Sachin Katti


  • Eric Keller


  • Teemu Koponen


  • Dejan Kostic

    KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • TV Lakshman

    Bell Labs

  • Dave Maltz


  • Jeff Mogul


  • Pere Monclus


  • Guru Parulkar


  • Vyas Sekar


  • Anees Shaikh


  • Hakim Weatherspoon


  • Minlan Yu


Submission instructions

Each submission must be a single PDF file no longer than six (6) pages in length (in two-column, 10-point format) including references, following the sig-alternate-10pt LaTeX style file. Papers should be submitted electronically via the submission site. Papers must include the author name and affiliation for single-blind peer reviewing by the program committee.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Publication at HotSDN is not intended to preclude later publication. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.