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Fachgespräch Network Softwarization

The 2nd GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch Network Softwarization

Jointly with SFB 901 meets Industry Event  

Paderborn University, September 24/25, 2018 

The notion of "network softwarization" has gained significant traction over the last few years, providing an umbrella term for separate yet complementary approaches like software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), but also techniques like reconfigurable radio systems. It is considered a pivotal concept for the evolution of the Internet, 5G mobile networks, as well as data centre networks.

This workshop continues its first iteration. It intends to bring together researchers from various perspectives, ranging from hardware architectures that enable softwarization (e.g., FPGAs in mobile fronthauls), over suitable network architectures (e.g., the relationship of virtualization and slicing), to suitable software engineering concepts (e.g., DevOps for softwarized networks). We invite interested participants from both academic and industrial backgrounds. 


Possible topics hence include, but are not limited to:  

  • SDN/NFV architectures
  • Adjacent technologies like hardware enables or DevOps 
  • Use cases and business models for SDN/NFV
  • SDN/NFV in unconventional scenarios 
  • SDN/NFV integration with legacy networks (hybrid SDN)
  • SDN/NFV testbeds and emulation platforms
  • Dependability concepts for softwarized concepts 
  • Performance and scalability, flexibility 
  • Monitoring, SLAs, policing in softwarized networks 
  • Security for and by softwarized networks 
  • Teaching activities
  • Deployment and standardization reports

For more information, please contact the organizers. 



The workshop as such is intended to last from lunchtime Monday to lunchtime Tuesday, depending on number of accepted submissions. Depending on submissions, a separate poster session time slot will be organised.

SFB 901 meets industry 

On Tuesday afternoon, a joint even with SFB 901 will take place: SFB meets Industry, focusing on how the results of the NFV community and the notion of "on-the-fly computing" can interact to bring to live an IT infrastructure that can quickly deploy and support a wide range of complex applications, going beyond today's cloud approaches. 

This event is based on invited talks. All participants of the Fachgespräch are cordially invited to attend. 

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Kostas Samdanis, Huawei Munich 

Submission guidelines 

Authors can choose three forms of submission: 

  • Title, abstract and reference of previously published work to present and discuss in the KuVS community.
  • Short paper or a poster for a project outline, work in progress, a teaching project, a demo description, or a challenges/visionary talk, pertaining to the topics at hand. 
  • A PhD topic outline presentation - get feedback from your peers about your intended topic. Intended for first or second year PhD students. Will take place in separate session. 

Submitted material will be published as a technical report on Arxiv. It should follow IEEE's conference layout (double column) and be at most two pages. It is the authors' responsibility to ensure that the material is free of any copyright issues. 

Send submissions as PDFs to Holger Karl.  


  • August 20: Submission deadline 
  • September 3: Notification of acceptance 
  • September 10: Camera-ready material

Note that there will only be a very light review process, as is in the tradition of Fachgespräche. 


This event is proudly co-sponsored by GI/ITG KuVS and SFB 901 On-the-fly computing


  • Holger Karl, Paderborn University
  • Martina Zitterbart, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 
  • Michael Menth, University Tübingen 

Technical Program Committee: 

  • Georg Carle, TU Munich 
  • Artur Hecker, Huawei Munich 
  • Frank Kargl, Ulm University
  • Wolfgang Kellerer, TU Munich 
  • Stefan Schmidt, Aalborg University 
  • Fabian Schneider, NEC Labs Heidelberg 
  • Ralf Steinmetz, TU Darmstadt 
  • Klaus Wehrle, RWTH Aachen
  • Hagen Woesner, B-ISDN, Berlin 

Registration and local information  

To register for the event, please send an email to Mrs. Tanja Bürger. We will charge a small participation fee (details to be announced; likely around 50€) covering coffee and lunches. Social event on Monday evening to be announced. 

The workshop will take place in the building O of the main campus of Paderborn University, lecture hall O2. See here for details and travel hints. No hotel rooms have been reserved; please handle that yourself.  



Further information:

Prof. Dr. Holger Karl

Computer Networks

Holger Karl
+49 5251 60-5375
+49 5251 60-5377

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