28 January 2015

Call for papers: "Software Defined High Performance and Networking Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

Next generation computing systems in general and cloud systems more specifically will require a paradigm shift in how they are constructed and managed. Conventional control and management platforms are facing considerable challenges regarding the flexibility, dependability and security that next generation systems will require.

The cloud computing paradigm has gone part of the way towards alleviating some of the problems associated with resource allocation, utilisation and management (e.g. via elasticity). However, many of the elements of a well-designed cloud environment remain “stiff” and hard to modify and adapt in an integrated fashion. These include underlying networking topologies; many aspects of user control over IaaS, PaaS or SaaS layers when needed; construction of XaaS services; provenance and meta-data collection; and so on.

In many situations the problem may arise because service abstraction is inadequate. Software defined systems (SDS) are systems that have added software components which help abstract actual IT equipment and other layers. One classic example, of course, is hypervisors. Such separation provides a great opportunity for system administrators to more easily construct and manage their systems through flexible software layers.

Software defined systems include software defined networking (SDN), software defined storage, software defined servers (virtualisation), software defined datacentres (SDD), software defined security (SDSec) and software defined clouds (SDCloud), to name a few. Individual solutions and seamless integration of these abstractions remains in many respects a challenge. The special Issue will focus on new ideas and solutions to tackle such challenges.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Software defined systems support for cloud computing
  • Software defined networking (SDN)
    • SDN concepts, architecture and APIs
    • Network virtualisation
    • SDN and OpenFlow protocol
  • Software defined storage
    • Storage automation and abstraction
    • Policy-driven storage provisioning
  • Software defined servers
    • Virtualisation
    • VM migration techniques and challenges
  • Software defined datacentres
    • Facility control integration
    • Large scale sensor system management
  • Software defined security or security policies automation
  • Self-management systems
  • Autonomic computing techniques
  • Software defined system scalability
  • Software defined system optimisation
  • Software tools and frameworks to support SDS
  • Software defined systems challenges and opportunities
  • Software defined systems surveys

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 10 September, 2015
Notification to authors: 25 October, 2015
Final versions due: 1 December, 2015

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