Special Issue on

Software Defined Network, Software Defined Infrastructure, Network Functions Virtualization, Autonomous System & Network Management


International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems


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Theme and Scope

For last few years there has been a tremendous growth in data traffic due to high adoption rate of mobile devices and cloud computing. Internet of things (IoT) will stimulate even further growth. This is increasing scale and complexity of telecom/internet service provider (SP) and enterprise data center (DC) compute and network infrastructures. As a result, managing these large network-compute converged infrastructures is becoming complex and cumbersome. To cope up, network and data center operators are trying to automate network and system operations, administrations and management (OAM) functions. OAM includes all non functional mechanisms which keep the network running.

By removing human operators from the lower levels of the management loop (e.g. using an automated system to analyze network alarms/events and take corrective action), improved operational and economic efficiencies and operational scalability is being achieved. This kind of network management automation is reducing capital and operation expenditures, this in turn is driving down cost, stimulating service demand, increasing revenues and maintaining profitability. New paradigms like Software Defined Network (SDN), Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and automation of network and system management operations is helping in achieving these business objectives. From this viewpoint, SDN and NFV can be considered as milestones in this roadmap of automated OAM for large scale infrastructures.

Centralization of control plane in a SDN controller avoids the need to have human operators to manage large number of network devices individually. By virtue of centralization, SDN can implement various automated network management and control plane logic. Similarly, many large internet application providers have implemented home grown non-traditional automated network and system management systems at their DCs. On the other hand, NFV approach by telecom SPs, is proposing to address some of the manageability-at-scale problems with virtual network devices running on generic hardware. This will replace large variety of specialized network device hardware, simplify and bring in operational efficiencies. For all these paradigms, the key success factors are intelligent software, its programmability to implement complex logic at low cost and scaling opportunities through elasticity at different time scales.  

This special issue aims to show case and disseminate new ideas and high quality research for enabling automation, optimization and/or improving economics of network and system management and operations.  We solicit original research articles, review papers, theoretical studies, practical software systems incorporating new paradigms, experimental prototypes, and insightful industry analysis with the above theme.  Articles from industry authors will be given special consideration. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process and are selected for publication based on quality, unique contribution and relevance to the theme of this special issue.

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Instructions for Manuscripts

Prospective authors should submit full manuscripts with MS Word format or PDF format, electronically at electronically at , and cc to

Submissions should not exceed 25 double-spaced, 8.5x11-inch pages (including figures, tables, and references) in 10-12 point fonts. Include five to 10 keywords, email addresses of corresponding authors.

Important Dates

Full paper regular submission due: Jun 30, 2015

If you are submitting a journal version of a paper already submitted/published in another conference/workshop, then we can be flexible about submission deadline, in that case mention that in the article and cite the other publication

Notification of results: Sep 15, 2015 or earlier (early submission will get early acceptance/reviews)

Revision due: Oct 15, 2015

Notification of final acceptance: Dec 15, 2015 or earlier

Submission of final revised paper: Jan 30, 2015

Guest Editors

Amitava Biswas

Cisco Systems, USA


Inder Monga

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and ONF, USA


Kashinath Basu

Oxford Brookes University, UK

Chen Liu

Microsoft, USA


Michael Bredel

California Institute of Technology and CERN, Switzerland