Workshop on Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization for Flexible Network Management


Workshop on Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtuali

zation for Flexible Network Management (SDNFlex 2017)


The 2nd International Workshop on Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization for Flexible Network Management (SDNFlex 2017) will be held in Göttingen, Germany in conjunction with NetSys 2017, which is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc), Information Technology Society within VDE (ITG VDE), the German Informatics Society (GI) and in-cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM. The workshop is supported by the RWTH Aachen, the University of Würzburg, the Technical University of Darmstadt and the EUREKA / Celtic-Plus cluster project SENDATE. It is further endorsed by the ITG section 5.2.1 (System Architecture and Traffic Engineering), the ITG section 5.2.2 (Network Security) and the ITG section 5.2.4. (IP and Mobility).


Network management currently undergoes changes towards more flexible network management. This trend is stimulated by Network Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (SDN) that emerged in recent years. These technologies allow networks to be run in a more flexible and cost efficient manner, e.g., by increasing network resource utilization and by decreasing operational costs. As an emerging topic, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) allows even further flexibility by migrating network functions (e.g., DHCP, PPPoE) from dedicated hardware to virtual machines running on commodity hardware. Virtualized network functions are appealing to network operators since they can be migrated and flexibly adapted to current demands.

The newly achieved flexibility in network management, particularly for NFV, opens a set of currently unresolved key questions concerning i) reliability, ii) service orchestration iii) function placement, and iv) performance. How to operate virtualized network functions in a reliable manner by providing redundancy and load balancing? Can virtualized network functions provide performance figures required for network operations and how can such virtualized services be benchmarked and compared? Where should network functions be placed to optimize the network subject to different design criteria? How can services be orchestrated? How can network monitoring be adapted to such flexible networks? This workshop aims at addressing these and similar questions in virtualized networks.

Topics of interest for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • SDN/NFV architectures, applications, and use cases
  • Network monitoring and QoE
  • Reliability of virtualized network functions
  • SDN/NFV-based service orchestration
  • SDN/NFV-based network deployment and management
  • Business considerations and economic aspects
  • SDN/NFV security
  • Theoretical foundations of SDN/NFV networks
  • Network Operating Systems and Languages
  • SDN in Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Network Service Chaining


Important Dates

Paper Submission:

September 30, 2016

Final Manuscript:

December 20, 2016

Author Notification:

November 30, 2016

Workshop Date:

tba, March 13-17, 2017


Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not considered elsewhere for publication. We invite submissions up to 6 pages long (10pt font, double column, IEEE format), including text, figures and references.

IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as formatting instructions, are available online on this website.

Each paper will undergo a thorough process of peer reviews by at least three members of the technical program committee. All accepted papers will be included in the NetSys conference proceedings. Submission implies that at least one author will register and attend the workshop to present the publication if the paper is accepted.

Contributions should be submitted electronically as PDF, using the IEEE conference publishing template, via the conference submission website:


Organizing Committee

  • Oliver Hohlfeld, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Thomas Zinner, Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany
  • David Hausheer, TU Darmstadt, Germany


Technical Program Committee

  • tba




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