ACM SIGCOMM 2018, Budapest, Hungary

ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Workshop on In-Network Computing (NetCompute 2018)

Call for Papers

In-network computing is an emerging topic that draws a lot of attention from both academia and industry. In-network computing exploits the capabilities of new programmable network devices such as programmable switch ASICs, network processors, FPGAs, and programmable NICs to offload computing from CPUs to the network. While in-network computing can be dated back to early efforts such as active networking two decades ago, many believe that the time has finally come due to a combination of hardware and software innovations. On the hardware side, many hardware vendors have released products that provide programmability without sacrificing performance, such as Barefoot Tofino, Intel FlexPipe, Cavium XPliant, and Netronome Agilio. On the software side, besides new network functionalities such as in-network telemetry and layer-4 load balancing, many new application-level functionalities beyond traditional packet processing have been proposed, such as key-value caching, consensus, and even machine learning.

We believe that our community must expedite the research on in-network computing to make a profound influence on the theory and practice of future computer systems. There are significant open challenges: what are the killer apps of in-network computing; what are other application-level functionalities that can be offloaded to the network; fundamentally, what should be offloaded to the network and what should be kept on hosts; how to design better hardware primitives and software development platforms (e.g., domain-specific programming languages and compilers) to support the development of new applications; how to manage, monitor and debug heterogeneous systems that span servers and switches; how to incrementally deploy new applications; and many others.

The ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on In-Network Computing (NetCompute 2018) is organized with the goal of bringing researchers and engineers working on in-network computing together to present and discuss their latest ideas, research results and system experiences, thereby promoting the development and evolution of this area. All submissions on in-network computing related to architecture, design, implementation, simulation, modeling, analysis, and measurement are welcomed. We highly encourage novel and innovative early stage work that will encourage discussion and future research on in-network computing.

Topics of Interest

  • Applications of programmable network devices, e.g., machine learning, deep learning and key-value storage
  • Architectures for in-network computing
  • Control plane for in-network computing
  • Switch and NIC hardware design for in-network computing
  • Virtualization for in-network computing systems
  • Programming languages and compilers for in-network computing
  • Measurements and performance studies of programmable network devices
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting in-network computing systems
  • In-network computing in clouds and edge clouds
  • Security and privacy of in-network computing
  • Deployment strategies and backward compatibility with traditional network functionalities
  • Experiences and best-practices of in-network computing systems in production

Submission Instructions

Submissions must describe original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal. Papers must be submitted electronically via the submission site. The length of papers must be no more than 6 pages, including tables, figures and references, using the same template as SIGCOMM submission (SIGCOMM submission instructions). The cover page must contain the name and affiliation of author(s) for single–blind peer reviewing by the program committee. 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 18, 2018

    Abstract submission deadline

  • March 25, 2018

    Paper submission deadline

  • April 30, 2018

    Acceptance notification

  • May 31, 2018

    Camera-ready deadline

  • Mid-June, 2018

    Program available online

  • Mid-June, 2018

    List of organization details

  • August 20 or 24, 2018



  • Workshop Chairs
  • Xin Jin

    JHU, USA

  • Changhoon Kim

    Barefoot, USA

  • Program Committee Members
  • Aditya Akella

    Wisconsin, USA

  • Theophilus Benson

    Brown, USA

  • Jun Bi

    Tsinghua, China

  • Gordon Brebner

    Xilinx, USA

  • Kai Chen

    HKUST, China

  • Marco Canini


  • Dan Daly

    Intel, USA

  • Nate Foster

    Cornell, USA

  • Chi-Yao Hong

    Google, USA

  • Arvind Krishnamurthy

    UW, USA

  • Xiaozhou Li

    Barefoot, USA

  • Hongqiang Liu

    Alibaba, China

  • Ben Pfaff

    VMware, USA

  • Dan Ports

    UW, USA

  • Jennifer Rexford

    Princeton, USA

  • Kun Tan

    Huawei, China

  • Laurent Vanbever

    ETH, Switzerland

  • Hongyi Zeng

    Facebook, USA

Contact the NetCompute chairs