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The International Symposium on Advances in Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization

April 23 - 27, 2017 - Venice, Italy

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This symposium is part of ICN 2017.


Special Tracks:

SOMA: NFV Service Development and Operations for the SONATA MANO Platform
Chair and Coordinator: Dr. Wouter Tavernier, Ghent University - imec, IDLab - Department of Information Technology, Belgium

SDNNFV: Control, Scalability and Performance
Chairs and Coordinators:
Prof. Dr. Eugen Borcoci, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest (UPB), Romania
Paolo Secondo Crosta, Head of Collaborative Research Projects, Italtel S.p.A. - Milan, Italy

DEMO: SONATA NFV SDK and MANO Service Platform hands-on
Contact: Dr. Wouter Tavernier, Ghent University - imec, IDLab - Department of Information Technology, Belgium

Call for Papers:

The Symposium is dedicated tadvances and challenges in SDN&NFV technologies and their applications.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a recent architectural and technological approach that decouples the network control and data planes. It separates the network control logic from the underlying routers and switches by logically centralizing the network control in SDN controllers and implementing the traffic forwarding in switching hardware. SDN offers network programmability capabilities, applicable in a flexible way. SDN introduces novel abstractions in networking, thus simplifying network management and facilitating faster network evolution. SDN is natively based on virtualization. Via service orchestration, the applications can automatically reconfigure the network and simultaneously optimize the user experience, application performance and network resource utilization.

Network Function Virtualization NFV is an emergent technology promoted recently (mainly by the telecom world),  having as major objective timprove the capital efficiencies vs. traditional dedicated HW implementation solutions, by using COTS HW, tprovide Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) through SW virtualization techniques. Among its specific objectives are: sharing of HW and reducing the number of different HW architectures; timprove flexibility in assigning VNFs tHW (better scalability, decoupling functionality from location, enabling time of day reuse, enhancing resilience through virtualization, and facilitating resource sharing); rapid service innovation through SW-based service deployment; common automation and operating procedures; reduced power usage; standardized and open I/Fs  between VNFs infrastructure and management  entities.

SDN approach can support or is applicable in various contexts: clouds/data centres; enterprise; WANs, cellular/mobile, wireless, home, sensors – networks; network and resources management, security; traffic and QoS management, media and content distribution. New areas of applications have targets in M2M, wireless and 5G networks. The 5G core network will most proba¬bly utilize the ongoing evolution in SDN and NFV tprovide a high level of flex¬ibility and scalability when supporting different 5G deployments with a com¬mon toolbox of network functions. While still in early stage, SDN is moving very fast towards its adoption in the industry and by the operators, but it still has open research issues.

NFV applications and use cases are oriented towards several areas (but not only): Home environment; Mobile Core&IMS; Mobile base stations; Fixed access networks; CDNs; flexible service offering through NFVIaaS, VNFaaS, VNPaaS, VNF flexible Forwarding Graphs.

SDN and NFV could be implemented independently; however, they are more and more seen as complementary technologies that can cooperate in complex systems. This open research issue is an important topic of the symposium.

SOFTNETWORKING 2017  Symposium is dedicated tadvances and challenges on the following SDN&NFV-related topics:


  • Software Defined Networking (SDN): concepts, challenges  and architectures
  • Control and Management in SDN; Network Operating Systems (NOS, ONOS) and virtualization in SDNs
  • Network Function Virtualization concepts, challenges  and architectures   (NFV, OPNFV)
  • SDN and NFV cooperation
  • SDN and NFV standardization
  • OpenDaylight (goals, platforms, interfaces and applications), OpenStack and SDN
  • SDN Controllers design and implementation
  • SDN Forwarding Elements design and implementation
  • OpenFlow and Southbound Protocols
  • Application programming interfaces for SDN
  • Forwarding plane abstractions, programmability, languages
  • Verification techniques and tools for SDN and NFV
  • Performance evaluation, optimization and isolation of the Data and Control Planes
  • SDN applications and use cases:
    • Data-center/ clouds/ BigData
    • Service Provider Networks: dynamic service chaining, optical networks and transport, cellular/mobile, traffic management, resources and QoS management, WANs/carrier networks and support for clouds, virtualization of  aggregation networks
    • Enterprise, home, sensors networks
    • Software Defined Wireless Networks (SDWN)
    • SDN in mobile and 5G networks
    • SDN controlled vehicular networks
    • Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M communications
  • NFV applications and use cases
    • Home environment
    • Mobile Core&IMS, mobile base stations
    • Fixed access networks
    • CDNs
    • NFVIaaS, VNFaaS, VNPaaS, VNF Forwarding Graphs
  • Reliability, resiliency and fault management in SDN and NFV
  • Security and  privacy and in SDN and NFV
  • Data and Control Plane scalability, inter-operability
  • Autonomic (self) management technologies in SDN and NFV
  • SDN/NFV architecture versus Content delivery and oriented networks, Information Centric Networking
  • Operators and Service Providers business and deployment perspective on SDN and NFV
  • Planning and Deployment of SDN/NFV technologies and applications in operational networks


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper)

Dec. 5 January 18, 2017


February 20 February 26, 2017


March 5 March 10, 2017

Camera ready

March 15, 2017

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Contribution types

  • regular papers [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • short papers (work in progress) [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • ideas: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • extended abstracts: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • posters: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
  • posters: slide only [slide-deck posted on]
  • presentations: slide only [slide-deck posted on]
  • demos: two pages [posted on]
  • doctoral forum submissions: [in the proceedings, digital library]

Proposals for:

Details on contributions and proposals.


Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here. Latex templates are also available.

Slides-based contributions can use the corporate/university format and style.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of contribution acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you should not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 contributions per event are recommended, as each contribution must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings and in the digital library, or posted on the (for slide-based contributions).


Advisory Committee

Eugen Borcoci, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania (Chair)
Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez, Telefónica, Spain
Nicola Ciulli, Nextworks,  Italy
Wolfgang John, Ericsson Research, Sweden

Program Committee Members

Robert Bestak, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Eugen Borcoci, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest (UPB), Romania
Cristina Cervelló-Pastor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
Nicola Ciulli, Nextworks, Italy
Didier Colle, iMinds - Ghent University, Belgium
Paolo Comi, Italtel S.p.A. - Lecco, Italy
Christian Esteve Rothenberg, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
Rung-Hung Gau, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Xavier Hesselbach, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
Zhen Jiang, West Chester University, USA
Wolfgang John, Ericsson Research, Sweden
Wolfgang Kiess, DOCOMO Euro-Labs, Germany
Diego Kreutz, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Francesco Longo, University of Messina, Italy
Farnaz Moradi, Ericsson Research, Sweden
Ioannis Moscholios, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Bertrand Pechenot, Acreo Swedish ICT, Sweden
Nicholas Race, Lancaster University, UK
David Rincón, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
Paolo Secondo Crosta, ITALTEL SPA, Italy
Kazem Sohraby, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA
Yuzo Taenaka, University of Tokyo, Japan

Yutaka Takahashi, Kyoto University, Japan
Ricard Vilalta, CTTC, Spain

Publishing Information:

Published by IARIA XPS Press

Archived in the free access ThinkMindTM Digital Library
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a IARIA Journal
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

ISBN: 978-1-61208-546-3

Submit a Paper:

First, fill out the submission form with information about your paper. Please, fill it out only once for each paper, and do not resubmit it. Contact the address below if you run into any difficulties.

As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing the paper ID. The information in the email will allow you to submit your paper.

If you have some problems send your paper via this e-mail (please report your paper ID in the text of your mail AND the name of the conference).

The conference staff will contact you only if the paper does not print properly or has other problems.

You can change information about your paper, submit brief corrections, view an email trail, and even edit your personal information by following the link in the initial confirmation email.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, ICN 2017.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.

Camera Ready:

The link below contains the details on how to upload the final version of your paper to the publisher. The upload should be done after registering your article via the Registration Form.

Publication Site for ICN 2017 and SOFTNETWORKING 2017

Publication details are in the Call for Papers, namely "Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost". The costs of additional pages are on the Registration Form.

If you have any questions about the paper upload process, please contact the proceedings production editor, Sandra.

Registration Form:

Each accepted paper needs at least one full registration, before the camera-ready manuscript can be included in the proceedings. The student rate is the lowest registration rate listed in the registration form.

One registration form covers the registration of the paper and the participation of one presenter. If an author has two (or more) accepted papers, each paper must be registered paid for with a separate form.

Every participant must register separately: if two co-authors attend, each of them has to register

Support letters for entry visa will only be issued to attendees who have successfully paid their registration fees in full.


Registration form (please make sure you follow the correct link):

The general registration form can be found here.

For special tracks only, the registration form can be found here.

Note: If you attend but do not have a paper to present, use paper number "guest" in the registration form.

Note: For any registration related questions, please contact or by fax at 1-302-397-2009

Support letters

It is solely the responsibility of the participants and their corporations/universities to obtain the necessary travel visa.
The association can only issue a support letter stating that a registered participant has an accepted paper and that the participant is expected to have an oral presentation.
For questions or requests related to entry visa support letters, please contact or by fax at 1-302-397-2009

Hotel information

For a group registration rate at the conference hotel, you can use this form. The booking is done directly to the hotel by the attendee; hotel contact information is on the form. If this is not a suitable option, you can book any hotel you decide.


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Video recording of presentations by attendees are not allowed without written permission from IARIA and the on-site OK of the presenter.

Copyrighted presentation material may be photographed or copied for personal use only, not for reproduction or distribution. Material labeled confidential or proprietary may not be photographed or copied.


If for unforeseen reasons physical presence at the conference location is not  possible, proceedings will not be mailed as the articles are freely available from ThinkMind digital library,


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, ICN 2017.


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