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Special Issue

Call for Papers

The softwarization of networks is enabled by the SDN (Software Defined Networking), NV (Network Virtualization), and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) paradigms, and offers many advantages for network operators, service providers and datacenter providers. Given the strong interest in both industry and academia in the softwarization of telecommunication networks and cloud computing infrastructures, this special issue aims at the timely publication of recent innovative research results on this important topic.

In four earlier special issues on this topic in IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, published in March/June 2015, September 2016, December 2017 and December 2018, respectively, a total of 75 papers were published. In 2018, the main contributions reported upon in the special issue were: novel techniques for management of SDN-based networks addressing resilience, security, load balancing, configuration and monitoring, VNF management for orchestration and resource allocation, advanced softwarized switching and routing incl. virtual network routing and traffic estimation, management of softwarized wireless networks and of data center networks.

There are many more interesting challenges currently being addressed by the research community, which aim at efficient management of softwarized networks and the ability to use the technologies and their enabling paradigms in any combination to their full potential, including network automation, monitoring and managing increased network and service dynamics, slicing and function chaining, mobility and robustness as well as programmable platforms for wired and wireless networks.

We welcome submissions addressing the important challenges (see the non-exhaustive list of topics below) and presenting novel research or experimentation results. Survey papers that offer an original perspective on related work and identify key challenges for future research will be considered as well. We look forward to your submissions!

Topics of interest for this special issue, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design of architectural building blocks for managing virtualized software-defined systems
  • Management of SDIs (Software-Defined Infrastructures)
  • APIs and management protocols for software programmable networks
  • Network and service automation for softwarized infrastructures
  • Virtualization of resources, services and functions in SDN and NFV
  • Management of software-defined datacenters
  • Efficient management of cloud computing infrastructures
  • Resource management for SDN- or NFV-based systems
  • Network slicing and slice management for softwarized infrastructures
  • SDN control plane optimizations
  • Network softwarization for 5G
  • Softwarized cloud, fog and edge infrastructures
  • Network management at the edge for the Tactile Internet
  • Mobility support in softwarized infrastructures
  • Life cycle management of virtual network functions
  • Service Function Chains (SFCs) modeling and representation
  • Composition algorithms and automated deployment for SFC
  • Algorithms for efficient orchestration
  • Dynamic migration of network functions in NFV-based systems
  • Efficient network and service monitoring for SDN or NFV
  • Automated configuration and repair of virtualized software-defined systems
  • Algorithms for diagnosis and correlation of events in SDN- or NFV-based systems
  • Availability, reliability, robustness and resilience of virtualized software-defined systems
  • Supporting adaptation and flexibility in softwarized networks
  • Dynamic resource scaling based on user mobility in SDN- and NFV-based systems
  • Policy based and intent based management in SDN or NFV systems
  • QoS/QoE management and control in softwarized networks
  • Debugging and introspection of software-defined virtualized systems
  • Management of federated SDN/NFV infrastructures
  • SDN and P4 switch/router architecture and design
  • Detailed experience reports from experimental testbeds
  • Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV

Submission Format

Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, presentation, relevance and contribution to the field of management of software-defined virtualized systems, as well as their overall quality and suitability for the special issue. The submitted papers must be written in a good English and describe original research which has not been published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Previously published conference papers should be clearly identified and referenced by the authors at the initial submission stage and an explanation should be provided of how such papers have been extended in order to be considered for this special issue.

View Author Guidelines for preparation of manuscripts.

For more information, please contact Wolfgang Kellerer.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the IEEE ManuscriptCentral service.

Authors must indicate in the submission cover letter that their manuscript is intended for the “Latest Developments for the Management of Softwarized Networks” special issue.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Date: 23 April 2019 (Extended)
Notification of Acceptance: 26 June 2019
Publication Date*: 1 December 2019

(* online published version will be available in IEEE Xplore after the camera ready version has been submitted with final DOI)

Guest Editors

Wolfgang Kellerer
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Prosper Chemouil
Orange Labs (retired), France

Noriaki Kamiyama
Fukuoka University, Japan

Barbara Martini
CNIT, Italy

Rafael Pasquini
Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil

Giovanni Schembra
University of Catania, Italy

Stefan Schmid
University of Vienna, Austria

Mohamed Faten Zhani
ÉTS, Canada

Thomas Zinner
TU Berlin, Germany