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Publication Date

Fourth Quarter 2024

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

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Applications are placing increasingly sophisticated demands on the network for better quality, more predictability, and greater reliability. Some of these applications are futuristic predictions (for example, holographic conferencing, immersive digital worlds, intelligent industry, telemedicine, automated agriculture, and sensory Internet), while existing applications are already seeing real network demands (such as multiplayer augmented- or virtual-reality games, industrial networking, and distributed AI). This overlaps with a growing trend to extend end-to-end communications to include highly computational processes (e.g., emergent intelligent application), machines and moving objects (such as autonomous cars and drones), while increasing the ability to virtualize and replicate any network or service for improved efficiency and redundancy. Also, new environments, such as beyond 5G, manufacturing, or Non-Terrestrial Networks pose new challenges to the requirements, such as time-variance of connectivity availability. At the same time, integrating connectivity with computational services is seen as another important consideration to improve the overall system’s efficiency and, ultimately, carbon footprint.

In this Special Issue, we solicit work on use cases, design principles, architectures, and techniques, but also insights into implementations and experiments with novel solutions that address the highlighted objectives.

Topics of Interest

  • Advanced applications and use case analysis and requirements
  • Goals and challenges in future and evolving routing and addressing schemes
  • Architecture frameworks for multi-purpose routing
  • Domain specific interconnection architectures
  • Routing on multiple optimality criteria
  • Compute-aware routing and forwarding
  • Low latency forwarding techniques
  • Time-variable routing and forwarding
  • Enhanced host protocol stacks for advanced routing and forwarding solutions
  • Routing on new forms of identification
  • Coordination of information and decisions across multiple domains (regions & technology layers)
  • Routing based on formal routing algebras and regular expressions approaches
  • Routing for constrained and intermittently connected environments
  • Routing and forwarding based on AI-based methods, such as federated learning
  • Centralized and other platforms for routing and addressing architectures
  • Routing with modern SDN architectures and protocols
  • Programmable forwarding architectures for data and for control.
  • Security & Privacy of semantic enhancements
  • Scalability analysis of novel routing mechanisms and semantic enhancements
  • Economic and game-theoretical analysis of enhanced network semantics
  • Stability design and analysis
  • Experience and deployment

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE JSAC guidelines. All papers should be submitted through EDAS according to the following schedule:

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024
Acceptance Notification: 15 September 2024
Final Manuscript Due: 15 October 2024
Planned Publication: Fourth Quarter 2024

Guest Editors

Jon Crowcroft (Lead Editor)
University of Cambridge, UK

Joerg Ott
TU Munich, Germany

Miguel Rio
University College London, UK

Noa Zilberman
Oxford University, UK

Marinho Barcellos
University of Waikato, New Zealand

Marwan Fayed
Cloudflare Research, USA