Special Session on «Software-Defined Networking»

  • Software-defined-networking (SDN) in general describes the provision of programmable interfaces within the network and its substrates to enable a high degree of flexibility in adapting to new application requirements and network capabilities. This requires some methods to interact between data-plane and control-plane. One method, among others, is OpenFlow which is often mixed up with SDN. The typical SDN elements are the forwarding functions in network devices, network controllers and finally applications.

    Especially OpenFlow which decouples decouples the control-plane and data-plane (forwarding functions) of the network enables to change the network control like any other service. Network providers and network administrators are now able to implement new and special features as needed.

    OpenFlow is currently the major south bound API (access to forwarding functions), but alternatives to OpenFlow may be used. While OpenFlow is already supported and available by several vendors, the network controllers and the north bound API are a field of current research and developments.

    The goal of this Special Session on Software-Defined Networking is to provide a high-level international forum where people active in this exciting and timely topic can exchange ideas and get together in a very focused single-track meeting, in an atmosphere fostering discussion and the development of ideas for future collaboration. At the same time, the intent of the organizers is to bring SDN research issues to the attention of a very lively and reactive local research community, to get more people involved in international cooperation in the field.

    The session will host both invited and contributed papers covering, but not limited to, the following aspects:

    • New internetwork architectures based on SDN
    • New network controllers and controller architectures
    • The SDN “north-bound” interfaces
    • Content or Information Centric Networks (CCN/ICN) and their relation with SDN
    • Carrier-grade SDN architectures and equipment
    • Application of SDN to network management, performance monitoring, security, etc.
    • Application of SDN for Network Virtualization techniques
    • Performance evaluation of SDN network elements and controllers
    • Practical experiments with SDN solutions
    • SDN frameworks and tools for development, testing and debugging
    • SDN / OpenFlow approach to data centers


    Session Organizers

    • Paul Mueller, Integrated Communication Systems Lab., University Kaiserslautern, Germany
    • Jongwon Kim, GwangjuInsitute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, South Korea
    • David Hausherr, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Rick McGeer, HP Labs., Palo Alto, USA
    • Aki Nakao, University Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Heinrich J. Stuettgen, NEC Lab, Heidelberg, Germany
    • Jun Bi, Tshinghua University, China



    All authors should prepare full versions of papers in Microsoft Word (DOC) or Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers must be limited to six pages, including text, references, tables and figures, and should be submitted online here. All papers should be prepared according to the IEEE standard template, which can be downloaded by clicking here.


    All accepted papers will be published in the ICCE 2014 Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®. The proceedings of ICCE series is indexed by SCOPUS and listed in Conference Proceeding Citation Index (CPCI) of Thomson Reuters.

    Important Dates

    • Extended hard submission deadline: February 17th, 2014 February 28th, 2014
    • Acceptance notification: April 13th, 2014
    • Registration and camera-ready version: May 24th, 2014
    • Conference date: July 30th – August 1st, 2014

    Contact: secretariat@hut-icce.org

    Technical Sponsors

    fgn – fundamental generic networking GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany (www.fg-networking.de)