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Call for Papers

SDN/NFV: Network Management including Intelligent Networks Communication and Networking Systems are currently undergoing a significant transformation with the objective to achieve a substantially lower Total Cost of Operation (TCO), simplified Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM), and dramatically faster innovation cycles by removing traditional barriers to the deployment of innovations. This transformation is best summarized as “softening” the network, which is currently realized through advances in networking software. In the past network management was predominantly using proprietary Operational or Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) for managing purpose-built hardware and using custom protocols to provide de desired end-to-end service. Currently network orchestration increasingly uses networking functions instantiated through software that tailor-suits the end-to-end service. So it is the service that defines the network. SDN (Software-Defined Networks), NFV (Network Function Virtualization), are examples of this transformation.

This Series Topic (ST) solicits original contributions that collectively provide a comprehensive picture of recent advances in Network Management and Orchestration specifications by Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) for associated platforms, technologies, applications, and methods. Contributions can be tutorial-style overviews of the current state of the art, latest research results, and reports on experiences with the adoption and deployment of Network Management and Orchestration.

Topics that may be considered for the Series Topic (ST) can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Network Virtualization (NV)
  • SDN/NFV Standardization: ETSI ISG-NFV, IETF, ITU-T, IEEE, others
  • Management, Orchestration, Service Assurance of SDN/NFV
  • Service development lifecycle aspects
  • End-to-End service management frameworks
  • Advances needed in network management protocols
  • Interaction of Open Source and Traditional Industry Fora and SDOs
  • Interworking and Migration Strategies for Legacy Networks
  • SDN/NFV based Networking Applications, Services, and Architectures
  • Novel Control and Management Planes for SDN/NFV based Networks
  • Resource Management, Traffic Engineering, QoS in Softwarized Networks
  • Survey of modeling work from industry groups
  • Deployments and Experience Reports
  • Software Platforms for Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Security in SDN/NFV based Networks

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the Information for Authors section of the Paper Submission Guidelines.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through Manuscript Central. Select the “Management and Orchestration” topic from the drop-down menu of Topic/Series titles.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission: 30 October
Decision Notification: 14 November
Final Manuscripts Due: 15 December
Publication Date: March

Series Editors

Huub van Helvoort
Hai Gaoming BV, The Netherlands

Toktam Mahmoodi
King's College London, United Kingdom