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Call for Papers - SOSR 2018

More than 10 years have now elapsed since the beginning of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Over the course of a decade, SDN has fueled incredible innovation, revolutionizing virtually all networking areas. SDN is now deployed in a growing number of production and experimental settings, including data centers, enterprise networks, content providers, and Internet Service Providers.

At its core, SDN revisits the relationship between the network hardware and the software that controls it. Through programming interfaces, SDN enables specifying and provisioning network-wide forwarding behaviors, as well as adapting how the network hardware itself forwards traffic. SDN has enabled more flexible and predictable network control, and makes it easier to extend the network with new functionality.

The Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. Similarly to previous years, SOSR will be co-­located with the Open Networking Summit (organized this year in Los Angeles) to foster interaction between academic and industrial attendees. Attendees of each event will be able to access selected sessions in the other event.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit both long and short previously unpublished papers, choosing the length appropriate to the level of completeness and detail in the work. We particularly encourage position papers, radical ideas, and papers on building, deploying and operating SDN systems.

We invite submissions on a wide range of research, including, but not limited to:

In addition to traditional research papers, we also seek papers that present:

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Each submission must be a single PDF file in two ­columns, 10­ point format following the 2017 ACM SIG LaTeX style file. Use the sample latex file sample-sigconf.tex. Submitted short papers should be no longer than six (6) pages, and long papers no longer than twelve (12) pages, including all material except references. Papers must include the author names and affiliations for single-­blind peer reviewing by the program committee. Papers should be submitted electronically via the submission site.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. We stress that the publication of short papers at SOSR does not preclude the later publication of a full-­length version of the paper at a conference or in a journal. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the symposium and will have the opportunity to present a poster/demo at an interactive session, co-­located with ONS.

Please direct any submission-related questions to sosr18chairs@ethz.ch.

Submission site:

Please visit https://sosr18.hotcrp.com/ to submit.

Important Dates

Paper registration
(with abstract):

November 3, 2017 (AoE)
Paper submission: November 10, 2017 (AoE)
Notification: January 19, 2018
Camera-ready due: February 28, 2018
Conference: March 28-29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

Call for Demos and Posters - SOSR 2018

The ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) demos and posters session showcases research-focused work currently underway in academia and research organizations. Topics of interest are the same as research topics in the SOSR call for papers. We particularly invite the submission of emerging results in SDN research that address timely problems, that can help evolve the landscape of SDN (e.g., addressing new applications), that enhance our understanding of how SDN work in real-world deployments or realistic test beds, or that could influence further applied research and experimentation in industry. The SOSR 2018 Demos and Posters committee will review all proposals.

Why should you submit a demo to SOSR?

ACM SOSR offers unique opportunities to presenters because the event is collocated with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) , the flagship SDN conference in which industry experts, decision makers, vision and trend setters, researchers, and students mix up all together. In fact the SOSR demos will share the same exhibition floor with ONS industry demos, allowing demo presenters — especially for students — a great opportunity to interact directly with a very knowledgeable and diverse crowd at the conference regarding their ongoing research topics. In addition, accepted demos and posters will be published as a two-page abstract for the archived conference proceedings, giving even more chances to reach broader audience over time.

All demos will be provided with table space, an external display, a poster board and wireless Internet access by default. The demos should be configured to run in a cloud environment accessible via Internet and presented from the exhibition space floor on the demonstrator's laptop. Any additional needs (beyond the defaults: table, monitor, Internet) such as equipment for the demo, required setup time or additional facilities must be requested with submission.

If you have interesting early-stage work, which has not yet evolved into a fully-fledged demo, please consider submitting a poster proposal

What is a poster?

We expect both poster and demo presenters to prepare a poster. A poster is A0 paper size in portrait mode (841 × 1189mm), to which you can affix visually appealing material that describes your research. Alternatively, you can use the space as a continuum. You should prepare the best material (visually appealing and succinct) that effectively communicates your research problem, techniques, results, and what is novel/important about the work. You do not submit such a large-format image; only an abstract describing in text what the poster would present.

What to submit

Please submit your demo or poster proposal in the form of a two-page abstract in PDF. The abstract should clearly state: (a) the problem being addressed, (b) what makes this problem interesting, important, and difficult, (c) your approach to the problem, and (d) the key contribution.

If you are submitting a demo, you should also include a video clip showcasing the work, in addition to the abstract. The video should be no more than 3 minutes and should give a good idea of what the demo is about and what it would look like. A link to the video should be included in the abstract PDF.

Prepare your abstract using the 10­ point format following the 2017 ACM SIG LaTeX style file. Use the sample latex file sample-sigconf.tex. Word documents will not be accepted. The abstracts of accepted posters and demos will be available to all attendees at the conference.

Students who are submitting demos/posters are highly encouraged to examine if they are eligible for student travel grants.

Where to submit

Please submit your abstract to https://sosr18posters.hotcrp.com/. Submissions are single blind, so please include authors' names and affiliation.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Monday February 5, 2018 (23:59 PST)
Acceptance Notification: Friday February 15, 2018
Camera-ready Deadline: Wednesday February 28, 2018


Demo and Poster Chairs
Theophilus Benson (Brown University)
Oliver Hohlfeld (RWTH Aachen University)
Gianni Antichi (University of Cambridge)
Roberto Bifulco (NEC Laboratories Europe)
Marco Chiesa (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Aaron Gember-Jacobson (Colgate University)
Hongqiang Liu (Microsoft Research)
Christian Rothenberg (University of Campinas)
Han Wang (Barefoot Networks)
Timothy Wood (George Washington University)
Thomas Zinner (University of Wuerzburg)
Xin Jin (Johns Hopkins University)
Fernando Rama (U of Lisbon)