IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
29 April - 2 May 2019 // Paris, France

CNERT: Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds - Call For Papers

Call For Papers


Experimentation has played an important role in advancing research in computing. Although simulation is an important tool for studying and analyzing the behavior of new protocols and algorithms, it is essential that new research ideas be validated on real systems and testbeds.

This workshop will bring together researchers and technical experts to share experiences and advance the state of the art in experimental research in areas such as networking, distributed systems, and cloud computing. It aims to inspire researchers to use testbeds in novel and interesting ways as a means to validate research ideas. Of particular interest are experiments on publicly available testbeds such as GENI, the Fed4FIRE testbeds, Emulab, CloudLab, DeterLab, ORBIT, OneLab, FIT, PlanetLab, among many others.

The CNERT workshop has a strong experimental component and includes a live demo session.

We solicit papers and demo proposals with experimental results from testbeds from areas including, but not limited to:

  • Wireless network experimentation (including low-power wireless, Internet-of-Things and sensor networks, LTE and WiMAX communications and services, 5G, mmWave)
  • Wired network experimentation (including optical networks)
  • Distributed systems
  • Cloud computing and big data
  • Computer and network security
  • Softwarization and virtualization of radios and networks
  • Software defined networking (SDN)
  • Future internet architectures
  • Network economics and pricing
  • Augmented and virtual reality

Experiments may focus on challenges including, but not limited to:

  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Large-scale experiments
  • Evaluation and analysis of experiment data
  • Creation and sharing of datasets of broad interest to the community
  • Experiment design and deployment
  • Designs for repeatability and reproducibility
  • Tools and services for testbed users and operators
  • Experiments on federated testbeds
  • Testbed implementation and deployment

For CNERT 2019 we solicit:

  • 6-page research papers. All research papers are encouraged to participate in the demo session. One additional page is permitted in the initial submission to provide a demo proposal associated with the paper (detailed below).
  • 2-page extended abstract, plus a one page demo proposal (detailed below).
  • 2-page white papers for a special “Experimenter’s Wishlist” session (or panel). White papers should present a vision on what new network experiments are desired but currently not possible, as well as the types of capabilities that network testbeds would need to support such experiments.


Demo proposals should include a summary describing the demonstration. Please ensure that demo proposals also include:

  • Equipment to be used for the demo. Check the default set-up below.
  • Additional facilities needed including estimated power connections needed for the demo, special environments and tools, Internet access, physical space requirements, etc.


Default Demo Set-up:
The following default set-up will be available for each demo:

  • A single table.
  • A large (at least 40 inch) monitor.
  • Extension power cable/multi-point.
  • An easel and poster board for displaying any related poster (size 3x4 foot) in portrait mode.


Best Paper and Best Demo Awards:

In addition to a best paper award, CNERT will have a separate award for the best demo that exemplifies the principles of experiment repeatability and reproducibility on real systems with running code.



Submission deadline: 11:59pm EST Monday, January 7, 2019 Extended to  11:59pm EST Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
Notification: February 22, 2019
Camera ready: March 3, 2019
Workshop date: April 29, 2019




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