An ACM SIGCOMM 2009 workshop

PRESTO 2009 — The Second ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Programmable Routers for Extensible Services of TOmorrow

The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to PRESTO 2009, co-located with ACM SIGCOMM 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Call for Papers

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There continues to be great interest in the networking research community in re-architecting the distribution of functions in IP networks. These efforts can be described as a dis-aggregation of router and switch functionality into various components and well-defined interfaces, towards the goal of deploying richer services and easing management of the network. Efforts in this space span the range from more sophisticated configuration interfaces, to open application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow specialized control and data plane functions on commercial routers, to open software, open firmware, and open hardware platforms that enable tremendous flexibility in the functionality of network equipment.

While these open interfaces continue to evolve, many have reached a level of maturity that allow practitioners to create holistic network centric functions and services by leveraging the available low level per-device mechanisms. Indeed, programmable network elements hold the promise of accelerating innovation and service deployment. At the same time, programmability could exacerbate already challenging network management tasks.

As with previous PRESTO workshops, this session will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between researchers and industry practitioners, with a goal of driving service innovation in IP networks using novel extensible router and switch architectures.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Submission Instructions

The workshop solicits original papers on completed work, position papers, and/or work-in-progress papers on the challenges raised above. Papers that bring out new and interesting approaches at an early stage of their development are very welcome, as are papers that describe industry efforts related to the CFP.

Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length, must be a PDF file and must follow the formatting guidelines at Submissions that deviate from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal.

Papers can be submitted through the submission site at

Authors of accepted papers should follow the instructions at in preparing their papers for publication.

Important dates

Abstract submissions due (EXTENDED) Wednesday, March 11 2009 at midnight EDT
Paper submissions due (EXTENDED) Wednesday, March 18 2009 at midnight EDT
Notification of acceptanceMonday, April 13 2009
Camera ready version dueThursday, May 28 2009 (9am EDT)
Workshop dateFriday, August 21 2009

Program Committee

Program Chairs Patrick Crowley Washington University in St. Louis
  Dave Maltz Microsoft Research
  Kobus Van der Merwe AT&T Labs - Research
Program Committee Rahul Aggarwal Juniper Networks
  Fred Baker Cisco Systems
  Patrick Crowley Washington University in St. Louis
  Bruce Davie Cisco Systems
  Nick Feamster Georgia Tech
  Paul Francis Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
  Tim Griffin University of Cambridge
  T.V. Lakshman Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
  Vasilis Maglaris National Technical University of Athens
  Dave Maltz Microsoft Research
  Martin May Thomson Paris Research Lab
  Nick McKeown Stanford University
  David McDysan Verizon
  Eugene Ng Rice University
  Cornel Pampu Huawei Technologies
  Sylvia Ratnasamy Intel Research
  Jennifer Rexford Princeton University
  Henning Schulzrinne Columbia University
  John Scudder Juniper Networks
  Jonathan Smith University of Pennsylvania
  Kobus Van der Merwe AT&T Labs - Research
Steering committee Patrick Crowley Washington University in St. Louis
  T.V. Lakshman Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs
  Dave Maltz Microsoft Research
  Nick McKeown Stanford University
  Jennifer Rexford Princeton University
  Kobus Van der Merwe AT&T Labs - Research