ACM SIGCOMM 2017, Los Angeles, CA

ACM SIGCOMM 2017 1st International Workshop on Hot Topics in Container Networking and Networked Systems (HotConNet’17)

Call For Papers

Containerization technology is being adopted quickly by the software industry because it offers fast deployment, good portability, and high resource efficiency to run large-scale and distributed systems. For example, many large Internet companies, e.g. Google, Yelp and AirBnB, etc., have intensively used containers to speed up the development of their applications and platform. The ecosystem of containerization is also rapidly growing. For instance, operating system providers like Microsoft and RedHat have released features to support Docker/container in Windows and Linux respectively; cloud providers like AWS, Azure and OpenStack all release their own services and solutions for containerized applications; there are about 400,000 public container images on Docker Hub with roughly 4~5 thousand new ones per week, and the number of pulls from Docker Hub reached 1 billion from Aug to Oct, 2016.

However, containerization is still in its early stage, and one of the major challenges it is facing is networking. Current container networking solutions mainly rely on the OS kernel to provide basic reachability and security among containers, while failing to meet various requirements needed by practical applications. For example, performance sensitive applications demand high networking performance (e.g. high bandwidth and low latency), while security sensitive applications usually rely on the network to implement firewalls, Intrusion detection system (IDS) or traffic scrubbers. Moreover, there are application demands for privacy, fairness, mobility, high availability, and so on and so forth. It is still challenging to provide the network functions above in container networking due to concerns such as scalability with the number of containers, containers portability, the underlying environments containers depend on (on physical machines or virtual machines) and the heterogeneity of end points (e.g. containers, VMs and physical machines).

Topics of Interest

Authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all areas of container networking and networked systems.

  • Large-scale containerized systems and applications
  • Architecture of containerized applications and systems
  • Measurement of containerized systems and applications
  • Security and privacy in containerized systems and applications
  • Measurement of containerized systems and applications
  • User behavior analysis and modeling in containerized applications
  • Software-defined container networking
  • High Performance container networking
  • Middleboxes for containerized systems and applications
  • Network function virtualization in containerized systems and applications
  • Containers in clouds and edge clouds
  • Mobility of containers
  • Containers for Internet of Things
  • Experiences of containers in productions architectures

Contact workshop co-chairs.

Submission Instructions

Papers must be submitted electronically. The length of papers must be no more than 6 pages, including tables and figures, (in two-column, 10-point format) including references, following the provided LaTeX style file. The cover page must contain an abstract of about 150 words, 3-5 keywords, name and affiliation of author(s) as well as the corresponding author’s e-mail and postal address. Each submission will receive at least three independent blind reviews from the TPC. At least one of the authors of every accepted paper must register and present their work at the workshop. 

Paper registration and submission can be done via HotCRP at:

Important Dates

  • March 24, 2017 March 31st, 2017 9:00pm PST

    Submission deadline

  • April 30, 2017

    Acceptance notification

  • May 29th, 2017 9:00pm PST

    Camera ready deadline

Authors Take Note

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to TWO WEEKS prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


  • Workshop Co-Chairs
  • Minlan Yu

    Yale University

  • Hongqiang Harry Liu

    Microsoft Research

  • Technical Program Committee
  • Deepak Bansal

    Microsoft Azure

  • Theophilus Benson


  • Dongluo Chen


  • Yang Chen


  • Bruce Davie


  • Haggai Eran


  • Benjamin Hindman


  • Tim Hockin


  • Chi-Yao Hong


  • Charlie Hu


  • Ryan Huang


  • Xin Jin


  • Thomas Knauth

    TU Dresden

  • Jeongkeun Lee


  • Ben Pfaff


  • Peter Pietzuch

    Imperial College London

  • George Porter


  • Wei Xu


  • Ennan Zhai


  • Nicholas Zhang