Series on Network Softwarization & Enablers

  in Special Issue   Posted on August 17, 2017

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Submission Deadline: Fri 01 Sep 2017
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Journal Name : IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
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Manuscript Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017
First Review Results:: December 1, 2017
Second Review Results February 15, 2017
Publication Date: April 1, 2018 (tentative)


The architectures of mobile networks (both core and radio access networks), fixed networks, and service delivery platforms are subject to an unprecedented techno-economic transformation. This trend, often referred to as Network Softwarization within an ever-growing community of researchers in both academia and industry, will yield significant benefits in terms of reducing expenditure and operational costs of next generation (5G and beyond) networks.

The key enablers are Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, and Cloud, Fog, and (mobile/multi-access) Edge Computing. These technologies are still at their infancy. They introduce significant technical challenges that the research community is tackling. When they are integrated to enable fully programmable, flexible, service/vertical-tailored, and automated end-to-end networks (i.e., network slices), the challenges become more significant. The technical challenges pertain to the overall process, network slice instantiation and maintenance, slicing over multi-domains (i.e., both administrative and technology), orchestration and allocation of shared and isolated resources (i.e., computing and storage capacity, virtualized network functions, networking resources, and physical radio resources), and communication interfaces amongst different network slices along with supporting algorithms and mechanisms. The concept of network softwarization is expected to serve diverse services and verticals, including but not limited to, Tactile Internet of Things, Pervasive Robotics, Self-driving, Immersive communications, Industry 4.0, and Augmented Reality.

We invite high-quality submissions to the IEEE JSAC series on network softwarization and enablers. The first issue of the series will be published in April 2018, followed by a number of other issues to be scheduled in the period of 2018 – 2020. We are seeking papers which have not been published before and are not currently under review by any journal. The scope of this series is papers in the general arena of network softwarization, specifically on, but not limited to, the following topics:

RAN slicing
Mobile core networks and their slicing
Fixed network slicing
Slice programmability, modeling, composition algorithms and deployment
System/service orchestration and management
Network function decomposition
Network function virtualization
Service function chaining
Resource sharing, isolation, and federation
Software defined networking
Cloud computing technologies
Virtualization techniques
(mobile/multi-access) edge and fog computing
MEC-, SDN-, NFV-based network service enhancement
Service, slice, and infrastructure monitoring
Performance, interoperability, and scalability issues
Security, trust, and privacy issues in virtualized environments
Best practices from experimental testbeds, trials and deployment
Verticals, new value chains and business models

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