ACM SIGCOMM 2020, New York City, USA

ACM SIGCOMM 2020 Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2020)

Call for Oral Presentations

The deadline for submitting oral presentations has been extended to Jun 14, 2020.

Optical equipment is a fundamental component of modern systems. Today, nearly all wide-area, metro, and data center communications are carried over optical technology making optics a billion-dollar industry. Optics is poised to play an even bigger role in next-generation networks. The high bandwidth and ultra-low latency requirements of modern Cloud-centric systems, such as machine learning and business analytics, are hard to meet in a cost-effective manner with traditional electrical devices.

The OptSys workshop focuses on the design and implementation of optical networked systems for the next-generation Cloud infrastructure. These systems pose a number of research challenges spanning multiple research areas, e.g., physical layer, scheduling, synchronization, congestion control, orchestration, and topology reconfiguration, which require cross-layer and cross-disciplinary solutions. Solving these challenges requires the collaboration of cross-disciplinary teams and joint co-design across the stack. The workshop aims to bring together participants across the optics, networking, systems, and distributed algorithms community to jointly tackle these challenges and foster discussions and collaboration opportunities across these communities.

Following the successful experience from last year’s edition, the workshop will feature a combination of submitted talks and keynote speakers, selected among the community top academics and researchers, with an emphasis on encouraging engaging technical discussions amongst the participants.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
  • Cross-layer optimization problems
  • Systems design leveraging recent advances in Optical technology
  • Optical designs leveraging recent advances in Systems and Cloud
  • Novel optical network architectures
  • Emerging optical technologies impacting the design of rack-scale, data-center, metro, and wide-area networks
  • New congestion control and network stacks for optical networks
  • Scheduling and time synchronization algorithms for microsecond/nanosecond Optical Circuit Switches
  • Programming abstractions for orchestration between the SDN/IP layer and optical devices
  • Reconfigurable optical topologies
  • Analysis and experience with operational optical networks
  • Models, algorithms, and theory for optical networks
  • Economic and cost aspects of optical networks
  • Monitoring and diagnosis of performance issues across layers
  • Free-space optical interconnects

Submission Instructions

Submissions include an extended abstract for oral presentation at the workshop. The abstract can include novel material as well as previously published work, since the focus of the workshop is to help disseminating ideas across communities and encourage lively and interactive discussions. If the work is based on previous work, this should be clearly indicated in the submission. Submissions can be a one-page extended abstract (excluding references) or an up to six-page paper, using the new ACM template (using sigconf document type) from the 2020 ACM consolidated template package or you can also use this LaTeX template. The font size must be 9 points. The submission must include author’s names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the workshop committee. Use this link for submission: The workshop will not have formal proceedings but we plan to publish accepted abstracts on this page.

Virtual participation

In case of a global outbreak of COVID-19, we will investigate and support the possibility of remote participation to protect the health and safety of SIGCOMM and OptSys participants.


Attendance of the workshop is by open registration and subject to the same registration fees and rules as all the other SIGCOMM 2020 workshops. The registrants of the workshop may freely attend any workshop on the same day.

Important Dates

  • Jun 14, 2020 11:59 PST

    Call for presentation deadline

  • Jun 21, 2020 11:59 PST

    Acceptance notification for presentations

  • Jul 5, 2020 11:59 PST

    Program available online, registration open

  • Aug 10, 2020



  • Program Chairs
  • Chen Avin

    Ben Gurion University, Israel

  • Paolo Costa

    Microsoft Research, UK

  • Ramakrishnan Durairajan

    University of Oregon, USA

  • George Porter


  • Stefan Schmid

    University of Vienna, Austria