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SLICES Workshop: Scientific Instruments to support digital infrastructure science
13 June 2022, Hosted by IFIP Networking 2022

The historic separation between the network and the compute has vanished. As defined by Sun microsystems long ago, “the Network is the Computer” (John Gage 1984); resources are everywhere supported by virtualization, distribution and cloud SaaS. This trend is going to impact the telecommunication and computer-based sectors, from design to products to operation. This will disqualify the multi-year planification approach based on new generations (2G/3G/4G/5G, etc.) and threat the corresponding legacy industry. The science of Digital Infrastructures raises multiple complex challenges to the research community that alreadystarted to explore them with an agenda sometimes branded as 6G!. Experimentation is becoming an even more important methodology to assess and qualify the diverse design assumptions and choices in realistic conditions. It addresses the future Internet roadmap with an ambitious agenda regarding the fundamentals and technologies for operating reliable, safe, scalable and efficient infrastructures as well as support the vertical applications that will land on these digital infrastructures. This is the motivation for developing a holistic approach where all resources (compute, storage, network) are associated to continuously design,
operate and automate the full life cycle management of applications and services. 

The need for a scientific instrument, as a reference to a rigorous methodology developed in many scientific domains, is justified by the emergence of a future Internet including beyond 5G infrastructures that require adapted and well-tailored tools for testing and developing trust and confidence regarding the design and deployment phase. Experimental platforms should be able to address the end-to-end scenario, integrating all technologies and components.

Such platform will allow researcher and industry to question scientific challenges regarding the future technologies and services. They will be based on a technology roadmap that will be consolidated on the basis of the analysis of several inputs provided by the community regarding the wireless technology advances, that are pertinent to the evolution of new radio (NR) and core network (CN) over the next decade 2020-2030. 

It is important to note that initiatives exist at the international level with ambitious projects like EU ESFRI SLICES (2021-2040, 150M€), in the US (NSF PAWR 2017-2022 100M$, NSF FABRIC 2019-2024 20M€), BRIDGES (2021-2024, 2.5M$) and China (CENI 018-2022 190M€), and efforts also developing in Japan.

We solicit original papers including but not limited to:

  • Advanced wireless networking experimentation
    • New waveforms;
    • Higher frequencies up to THz;
    • Spectrum and wireless management;
    • Integrated sensing and communication;
    • Multiple heterogeneous radio management;
  • Testing Smart/intelligent infrastructure operation and management
    • Advanced protocols and architecture (virtualization, softwarization,
    • AI applied to infrastructure operation and optimization at all layers;
    • Generation of data to train algorithms;
    • Distribution of intelligence into the Edge of the network;
  • Design and validation of new Edge/Fog infrastructures
    • Software and components deployment;
    • Distributed resource management;
    • Geo-distributed data management;
    • Federated deep-learning;
  • Methodology for designing and operating a scientific instrument
    • Instrumentation and measurement;
    • Architecture and APIs;
    • Experiment design and life-cycle management;
    • Data management and reproducibility;
    • Testbed implementation and operation.

Structure of the workshop

The workshop will follow a full day structure. The Workshop programme is structured for a full day withTalks/Panels in the workshop session, complemented with demonstrations if this is made possible.

This workshop also continues the work started in the INFOCOM 2019 “Workshop on Experimentation Meets Platforms: A Survey of macro trends in mobile communication research and its impact on future testbed development”. Several other workshops and panels have been organized successfully over the last few years and the proposers are very experimented in organizing such events, including moving into virtual has done already because of the pandemic. We have been able to attract at least 60+ participants on site, more than 150 for our last virtual event.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 21 March 2022  10 April 2022 (Extended)
  • Paper acceptance notification: 25 April 2022
  • Camera ready: 2 May 2022
  • Workshop date: 13 June 2022

Paper Submission Information

Submitted papers should be written in English by following the IEEE conference format, with a maximum length limit of 6 (six) printed pages, including all figures, references, and appendices.

Papers should not exceed the page limit in IEEE format (double-column, 10pt font), including figures and references and should be submitted through EDAS in PDF format:

Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for review elsewhere will be considered for publication in the proceedings. The review process is single-blind authors should present their names and affiliations in the submitted manuscript.

Papers will appear in the conference proceedings and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore Digital Library. At least
one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present the work in the workshop.

Organising Committee

  • Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université, EU ESFRI SLICES
  • Manu Gosain, Northeastern University, NSF PAWR Office


Technical Program Committee (TPC)

  • Serge Fdida, Sorbonne Université, Co-Chair, France
  • Manu Gosain, Northeastern University, Co-Chair, USA
  • Srinivas Shakkottai, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Aloizio Pereira da Silva, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative & Virginia Tech, USA
  • Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University, USA
  • Stefano Basagni, Northeastern University, USA
  • Paul Ruth, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
  • Ivan Seskar, Rutgers University, USA
  • Rudra Dutta, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Hongwei Zhang, Iowa State University, USA
  • Didier Bourse, Nokia, France
  • Thanasis Korakis, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Andrea Passarella, CNR, Italy
  • Bartosz Belter, PSNC, Poland
  • Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Antonio de la Oliva (University Carlos III of Madrid)
  • Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Christian Perez, INRIA, France
  • Costas Filis, Cosmote, Greece
  • Sebastien Ziegler, Mandat International, Switzerland
  • José Rezende, RNP, Brazil
  • Aki Nakao, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Ruslan Smelianski, Applied Research Center on Networking, Russia
  • Alain Mourad, Interdigital, UK
  • Raymond Knopp, Eurecom, France
  • Per Hjalmar Lehne, TELENOR, Norway
  • Vijay Shah, George Mason University, USA