ACM CoNEXT 2013WorkshopsOverview

Workshops at ACM CoNEXT 2013

CoNEXT 2013 will have two exciting workshops on Monday December 9th, offering more chances to interact with researchers and students before the main conference start. We invite everyone to consider submitting a paper and/or participate to attending a workshop! The workshops, call for papers, dates, and workshop chairs are listed below.


Modern networks increasingly rely on advanced network processing functions for a wide spectrum of crucial functions ranging from security (firewalls, IDSes, traffic scrubbers), traffic shaping (rate limiters, load balancers), dealing with address space exhaustion (NATs) or improving the performance of network applications (traffic accelerators, caches, proxies), to name a few. Such "network appliances" or "middleboxes" are a critical piece of the network infrastructure and represent, to a first­order approximation, the de­facto approach for network evolution in response to changing performance, security, and policy compliance requirements.

However, most of this functionality is implemented in costly, hard-to-modify dedicated hardware, making the network difficult to evolve or adapt to changing traffic requirements. Recent work seeks to address this issue by shifting network processing from a world of dedicated hardware to one built on software-based processing running on (sometimes virtualized and shared) platforms built on commodity hardware servers, switches, and storage. This vision of "software-based" network services enables new in-network functions to be rapidly instantiated, on-demand, and at places in the network where it is most needed, without having to modify the underlying hardware. The scope of this workshop focuses both on the design of the data plane to support advanced services as well as the control plane functions necessary to manage these advanced data plane functions. In some sense, this vision is complementary to ongoing efforts in the SDN community, where the focus has largely been on the control plane and assuming a commodity data plane.

Important dates

Submission September 6, 11:59pm EST (extended)
Acceptance notification September 30, 2013
Camera ready October 24, 2013
Workshop date December 9, 2013


Workshop Co-Chairs Felipe Huici NEC Europe, UK
  Vyas Sekar Stony Brook University, USA

Student Workshop

Following the success of previous years, the main conference will be preceded with a one day Student Workshop. The Student Workshop aims at providing a platform for graduate students in the areas of computer networks and data communication to divulge their ongoing research efforts, even if at an early stage. The venue also represents a unique opportunity for students to network with other young researchers as well as more experienced ones, receiving constructive feedback, guidance, tips, and learning about cutting-edge research problems being tackled by the student community.

Important dates