ACM SIGCOMM 2022, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ACM SIGCOMM 2022 Workshop on Network-Application Integration (NAI 2022)

Call for Papers

Some emerging applications are sophisticated enough and then challenging the prevalent best effort delivery mode of the public Internet. Conventional approaches, such as capacity overprovisioning, are a non-sustainable approach of addressing the constraints imposed by such applications to the underlying networks (including, ensuring service performance expectations). The underlay network should deal with a large set of requirements (usually, structured as Service Level Objectives (SLOs)), targeting multi-service support in an efficient, optimized, and scalable manner.

In such a context, a tighter Network-Application Integration (NAI) is foreseen as the way to enable information-driven management of the application needs consistent with the changing network circumstances at a given point of time. Different NAI approaches are being considered at different levels (protocol development, in-band and out-of-band capabilities interchange, etc.) and their deployment considerations in operational networks are motivating extensive work within standardization developing bodies for both specification and feasibility prototyping.

This workshop builds on the two former editions (co-located to SIGCOMM 2020 and SIGCOMM 2021) and intends to accompany the latest NAI advances with the recent developments in both the industry and the academia, including architectural work and experimental implementations in the fields of either application-aware networking (AAN) or network-aware application (NAA), as the two possible approaches to achieve NAI. In addition to workshop paper sessions, selected keynotes will be included to complement and set the research agenda, debate the issues, and share the most recent progress.

Topics of Interest

  • Service models and interactions
  • Hurdles for efficient application-network integration
  • Implementation approaches to ease NAI-enabled applications
  • Dynamic negotiation models
  • Network abstraction models (e.g., resource, state)
  • Exposure of network information and control interfaces
  • Abstract expression of application needs for consideration by networks
  • Data collection (e.g., measurement) for network abstraction
  • Coordination of information and decisions across multiple domains (regions and technology layers)
  • Data processing techniques to generate network abstraction (e.g., low-level, filtering)
  • Data distribution techniques (i.e., how, when, and where to make data available for processing/analysis) for real-time network information exposure
  • Abstractions and architectures for performance-aware/performance-driven routing (e.g., semantic routing)
  • Validation of network abstractions (e.g., conforming to model)
  • Privacy analysis of exposing network and application information together with mitigation means
  • Threats against NAI models
  • Economical/game-theoretical analysis of network information/service exposure
  • Stability design and analysis of application-network control loop
  • Optimality design and analysis of application-network control loop
  • Condition management and conflict resolution in complex closed-loop systems
  • Control with multiple dimensional constraints (privacy, policy, beyond networking)
  • Co-design for specialized applications (e.g., video, IoT)
  • Integrating learning and big data analytics (e.g., wide area, application, and user)
  • Experience and deployment of application-network co-design and integration
  • Application adaptation to network information/service models

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, references, and appendices in two-column 10pt ACM format. We also encourage industrial demos for which a two-page extended abstract must be submitted in the same format as the workshop papers. Papers and extended abstracts must include author names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to present and discuss their work at the workshop.

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Important Dates

  • May 11, 2022 May 25, 2022

    Paper submission deadline

  • June 17, 2022

    Workshop paper notification

  • July 1, 2022

    Camera-ready deadline


  • General Chairs
  • Luis M. Contreras

    Telefonica, Spain

  • Steering Committee
  • Yang Richard Yang

    Yale University, USA

  • Kai Gao

    Sichuan University, China

  • Sabine Randriamasy

    Nokia, France

  • Georgios Smaragdakis

    TU Delft, The Netherlands

  • Qin Wu

    Huawei, China

  • Program Committee
  • Richard Alimi

    Google, USA

  • Mohamed Boucadair

    Orange, France

  • Adrian Farrel

    Old Dog Consulting, UK

  • Kai Gao

    Sichuan University, China

  • Jianfei He

    City University of Hong Kong, China

  • Chi-Yao Hong

    Google, USA

  • Mazhem Khaddam

    Cox, USA

  • Danny Lachos

    Benocs, Germany

  • Håkon Lønsethagen

    Telenor, Norway

  • Inder Monga

    ESnet, USA

  • Börje Ohlman

    Ericsson, Sweden

  • Tommy Pauly

    Apple, USA

  • Sabine Randriamasy

    Nokia, France

  • Jordi Ros-Giralt

    Qualcomm, USA

  • Christian E. Rothenberg

    University of Campinas, Brazil

  • Georgios Smaragdakis

    TU Delft, The Netherlands

  • Rui Wang

    Google, USA

  • Qin Wu

    Huawei, China

  • Qiao Xiang

    Xiamen University, China

  • Richard Yang

    Yale University, USA

  • Zhi-Li Zhang

    University of Minnesota, USA

  • Thomas Zinner

    NTNU, Norway