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Eleventh ACM Workshop on
Hot Topics in Networks

October 29-30, 2012
Redmond, WA


Call for Papers (text version)

The Eleventh ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-XI) 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, OSDI, SenSys, NSDI, MobiCom, MobiSys, PODC, CoNEXT or INFOCOM.

HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This view includes new ideas relating to (but not limited to) data center networks, home and enterprise networks, ISP networks, wide area networks, sensor and personal area networks, wireless and acoustic networks, peer-to-peer networks, network architecture, disruption-tolerant networks, and networking in support of cloud computing. It encompasses all aspects of such networks, including (but not limited to) provisioning and resource management, economics and evolution, robustness and security, topology, mobility, interactions with applications, usability of underlying networking technologies, energy, performance, 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), thereby 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 in the following priority order:

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.

A link to the paper submission site will appear here shortly.

Important Dates

Abstract registration: July 13, 2012 (11:59 PM EDT)
Paper submission: July 20, 2012 (11:59 PM EDT)
Notification of decision: September 14, 2012
Camera-ready submission: October 5, 2012
Workshop dates: October 29-30, 2012