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The architectures of mobile networks (both core and radio access networks), fixed networks, and service delivery platforms are subject to an unprecedented techno-economic transformation. This trend, often referred to as Network Softwarization within an ever-growing community of researchers in both academia and industry, will yield significant benefits in terms of reducing expenditure and operational costs of next generation (5G and beyond) networks.

The key enablers are Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, and Cloud, Fog, and (mobile/multi-access) Edge Computing. These technologies are still at their infancy. They introduce significant technical challenges that the research community is tackling. When they are integrated to enable fully programmable, flexible, service/vertical-tailored, and automated end-to-end networks (i.e., network slices), the challenges become more significant. The technical challenges pertain to the overall process, network slice instantiation and maintenance, slicing over multi-domains (i.e., both administrative and technology), orchestration and allocation of shared and isolated resources (i.e., computing and storage capacity, virtualized network functions, networking resources, and physical radio resources), and communication interfaces amongst different network slices along with supporting algorithms and mechanisms. The concept of network softwarization is expected to serve diverse services and verticals, including, but not limited to, Tactile Internet of Things, Pervasive Robotics, Self-driving, Immersive communications, Industry 4.0, and Augmented Reality.

We invite high-quality submissions to the IEEE JSAC series on network softwarization and enablers. We are seeking papers which have not been published before and are not currently under review by any journal. The scope of this series is papers in the general arena of network softwarization, specifically on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • RAN slicing
  • Mobile core networks and their slicing
  • Service-based network architecture
  • Fixed network slicing
  • Slice programmability, modeling, composition algorithms and deployment
  • System/service orchestration and management
  • Network function decomposition
  • Network function virtualization
  • Service function chaining
  • Resource sharing, isolation, and federation
  • Software defined networking
  • Cloud computing technologies
  • Virtualization techniques
  • (mobile/multi-access) edge and fog computing
  • MEC-, SDN-, NFV-based network service enhancement
  • Service, slice, and infrastructure monitoring
  • Performance, interoperability, and scalability issues
  • Security, trust, and privacy issues in virtualized environments
  • Best practices from experimental testbeds, trials and deployment
  • Verticals, new value chains and business models

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the rules specified in the “Information for Authors” section of the JSAC guidelines. All manuscripts should be prepared in single-column double-spaced format with no longer than 30 pages, including figures, tables, and references. The papers should be compiled as a PDF file and submitted to EDAS. Prospective authors may search for the JSAC-SI-NETSOFT-ENABLERS on EDAS or submit their manuscripts using this EDAS URL.

Important Dates

  • No further submissions will be accepted.

Series Steering Committee

Prof. Khaled Ben Letaief
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong 

Prof. Nelson Fonseca
The State  University of Campinas, Brazil 

Prof. Sherman Shen
University of Waterloo, Canada 

Prof. Geoffrey Li
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Series Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Tarik Taleb
Aalto University, Finland

Guest Editors

Prof. Abderrezak Rachedi
University of Paris-Est, France

Prof. Adlen Ksentini
Eurecom, France

Prof. Akihiro Nakao
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Prof. Alex Galis
University College London, UK

Prof. Ash Mohammad Abbas
Aligarh Muslim University, India

Dr. Claudio Cicconetti
National Research Council, Italy

Prof. David S. L. Wei
Fordham University, USA

Dr. Ejaz Ahmed
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr. Francesco Musumeci
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Prof. Guangjie Han
Dalian University of Technology, People’s Republic of China

Prof. Hassine Moungla
Paris Descartes University, France

Dr. Hichem Sedjelmaci
Orange Lab, France

Dr. Hideki Tode
Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

Prof. Honggang Wang
University of Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Hongli Xu
University of Science and Technology of China, People’s Republic of China

Prof. Hui Yang
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China

Dr. Javid Taheri
Karlstad University, Sweden

Prof. Kan Zheng
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China

Dr. Konstantinos Samdanis
Huawei, Germany

Dr. Lei Jiao
University of Oregon, USA

Prof. Martin Casado
Stanford University, USA

Dr. Miloud Bagaa
Aalto University, Finland

Prof. Min Chen
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China

Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Prof. Nadjib Aitsaadi
ESIEE, France

Prof. Nidal Nasser
Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ori Rottenstreich
Princeton University, USA

Prof. Peng Zhang
Xi'an Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China

Prof. Rami Langar
University of Eastern Paris, France

Dr. Ranga Rao Venkatesha Prasad
Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

Prof. Robert Ricci
University of Utah, USA

Dr. Shahid Mumtaz
Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Dr. Teruyuki Hasegawa
KDDI, Japan

Prof. Toktam Mahmoudi
Kings College London, UK

Prof. Wei Wang
Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China

Prof. Xiaofei Wang
Tianjin University, People’s Republic of China 

Prof. Xu Chen
Sun Yat-sen University, People’s Republic of China

Dr. Yang Xu
New York University, USA

Prof. Yang Yang
ShanghaiTech University, People’s Republic of China

Dr. Ying Zhang
Facebook, USA

Dr. Yulei Wu
University of Exeter, UK

Dr. Zarrar Yousaf
NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany

Should you be interested in serving on the Editorial Board of this IEEE JSAC Series, please send an email to Prof. Tarik Taleb along with your CV.