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Tenth ACM Workshop on


Hot Topics in Networks


November 14-15, 2011

Cambridge, MA

Call for Papers (text version)

The Tenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-X) will bring together researchers in computer networks and systems to engage in a lively debate on the theory and practice of networking. HotNets will provide a venue for debating broad future research agendas in networking and for presenting innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly influence the community.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short position papers. We are particularly interested in papers that foster discussion of broad research agendas for the networking community as a whole. We strongly encourage papers that identify fundamental open questions, or offer a constructive critique of the state of networking research.

We also encourage submissions of early-stage work describing enticing but unproven ideas. Such papers could, for example, advocate a new approach, re-frame or debunk existing work, report unexpected early results from a deployment, or propose new evaluation methodologies. Once fully developed and evaluated, the work may be relevant to conferences such as SIGCOMM, SOSP, SenSys, NSDI, MobiCom, PODC, CoNEXT or Infocom.

HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This view includes new ideas relating to (but not limited to) home and enterprise networks, ISP networks, sensor and personal area networks, wireless and acoustic networks, data center networks, peer-to-peer networks, network architecture, and disruption-tolerant networks. It encompasses all aspects of such networks, including (but not limited to) resource management, economics and evolution, robustness and security, mobility, interactions with applications, usability of underlying networking technologies, energy, measurement and diagnosis, and hardware.

Position papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of spawning insightful discussion at the workshop, and technical merit. Accepted papers will be posted online prior to the workshop and a workshop summary will be published in ACM SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review (CCR), widely disseminating the ideas discussed at the workshop.

Workshop Participation

HotNets is an invitation-only workshop. To ensure an interactive atmosphere, attendance will be limited to around 60 people. Invitations will be extended per the following priorities:

Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must be no longer than 6 pages (10 point font, 1 inch margins). A LaTeX template is available here. All submissions must be blind: submissions must not indicate the names or affiliations of the authors in the paper. Only electronic submissions in PDF will be accepted. Submissions must be written in English, render without error using standard tools (e.g., Acrobat Reader), and print on US-Letter sized paper. Papers must contain novel ideas and must differ significantly in content from previously published papers and papers under simultaneous submission.

Submit your papers here.

Important Dates

Abstract registration: July 15, 2011 (11:59pm EDT)
Paper submission: July 22, 2011 (11:59pm EDT)
Notification of decision: September 19, 2011
Camera-ready submission: October 15, 2011
Workshop dates: November 14-15, 2011