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First International Workshop on
Programmability for
Cloud Networks and Applications

To be held in conjunction with the ITC 28 in Würzburg,
technically co-sponsored by IEEE and VDE ITG,
and in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM

Monday, 12. September 2016

Workshop Program 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016, 11.00 - 17.00

11:00 - 12:00 Welcome & Keynote

  • Keynote Speaker: Robert Birke (IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland)
    "Ensuring performance in the virtual environment"
    More information can be found here.
12:00 - 12:30 Full Paper I
  • "ZOOM: Lightweight SDN-based Elephant Detection" by
    Steffen Gebert; Stefan Geißler; Thomas Zinner; Anh Nguyen-Ngoc; Stanislav Lange; Phuoc Tran-Gia
12:30 - 13:00 Short Lunch & Coffee Break

13:00 - 14:30 Full Paper Session I
  • "A Novel Reconfigurable-by-Design Highly Distributed Applications Development Paradigm Over Programmable Infrastructure" by
    Panagiotis Gouvas; Constantinos Vassilakis; Eleni Fotopoulou; Anastasios Zafeiropoulo
  • "On the Necessity of Accounting for Resiliency in SFC" by
    Ghada Moualla; Thierry Turletti; Mathieu Bouet; Damien Saucez
  • "Automated Decision Making Methods for the Multi-objective Optimization Task of Cloud Service Placement" by
    Michael Seufert; Stanislav Lange; Markus Meixner
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:30 Invited Demonstration & Live Talk
  • "An SDN/NFV Telco Operator Platform for Multipoint Video Live Streaming: Design and Prototyping" by
    Giovanni Schembra; Marcello Natale Melita
15:30 - 16:30 Full Paper Session II
  • "OpenVolcano: An Open-Source Software Platform for Fog Computing" by
    Roberto Bruschi; Paolo Lago; Chiara Lombardo; Sergio Mangialardi
  • "An Analytical Model to Design Processor Sharing for SDN/NFV Nodes" by
    Giuseppe Faraci; Alfio Lombardo; Giovanni Schembra
16:30: Closing

Scope of the Workshop


The continuous growth of Internet content, applications and services has resulted in ever more demanding requirements of computing power, scalability, data processing, data storage, energy consumption and transfer speed. To meet this, one solution is the use of the cloud paradigm for applications and services. It covers a broad range of distributed computing principles as well as related application paradigms, networking approaches or architecture models.


This workshop covers the scientific areas around Cloud Networks, Programmability inside Networks, Cloud and Fog Computing principles, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and Software Engineering approaches for Highly Distributed Applications.

Submission link:
Paper registration deadline: 15. March 2016  2. May 2016 (hard)
Paper submission deadline: 1. April 2016  2. May 2016 (hard)
Workshop date: Monday, 12. September 2016


The registration for PROCON workshop is open now at ITC web page: registration form.
We recommend to book a hotel early in advance, since Würzburg is a nice place to be and attractive for tourists in September: information about accomodations.

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact the ITC 28 local chairs:
Matthias Hirth and Florian Wamser (

The workshop is supported and initiated by the two EC H2020 projects INPUT & ARCADIA. It takes place in the context of the ITC 28 in Würzburg.


The aforementioned institutions support the workshop and participate as technical program committee members.

Topics of Interest

The following topics fall within the target area of the workshop:

  • energy efficiency and cloud/network management approaches
  • personal cloud and network virtualization technologies
  • architectures for SDN and NFV in legacy and 5G networks
  • user mobility and application/service proximity
  • personal cloud services and the Internet of Things
  • management and monitoring of QoS/QoE over programmable networks
  • cloud and network operating systems
  • software development approaches over programmable infrastructure
  • software engineering for DevOps
  • distributed applications deployment and orchestration frameworks
  • service chaining approaches based on building of microservices
  • virtualization technology, management of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and enablers
  • architectural models, prototype implementations and applications
  • Internet of Things architectural models, prototype implementations and applications
  • extensions to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS concepts and interfaces

Authors are invited to submit papers, which fall within the areas mentioned above or are related to them.


Title: Ensuring Performance in the Virtual Environment

Keynote speaker: Robert Birke, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract: The advancement of virtualization technologies powers up modern cloud computing infrastructures, providing the advantages of higher degrees of resource multiplexing and of ease of management. Meanwhile, virtualized systems also pose several challenges in guaranteeing application performance, such as additional overheads and capacity variability.
In this talk, I will present some of the challenges and solutions in ensuring quality of service in virtualized systems. In particular, I will focus on lossless network virtualization and speculative application optimization to improve the tail latency.
Network virtualization is particularly demanding due to the additional host processing required to forward packets and the increased packet headers needed for isolation. To tackle these performance impairments, I will present the possible benefits of the latest 802.1Q standards. I will specifically discuss zOVN, a first-of-its-kind overlay network featuring a lossless virtual switch and a lightweight I/O processing stack.
While resource redundancy by virtual machine provisioning has been widely explored to guarantee QoS, its effectiveness may be hindered by its high cost and limited impact on tail performance. An attractive alternative to improve application performance is workload redundancy. Here I will present the benefits of partial replication for multi-tier applications in reducing the latency, especially the tail.

Bio: Robert Birke is at IBM Research Zurich Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. His research interests are in the broad area of virtual resource management for large-scale datacenters, including network design, workload characterization and big-data application optimization. He has published more than 40 papers at venues related to communication and system performance, e.g., SIGCOMM, SIGMETRICS, DSN, FAST, INFOCOM, and JSAC.



Papers accepted for PROCON 2016 will be included in the ITC 28 proceedings (electronically and IEEE Xplore). The IEEE reserves the right to remove any paper from IEEE Xplore if the paper is not presented at the workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: To be published in the ITC 28 Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE Xplore®, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference [or workshop] unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 3 papers. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the ITC 28 Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore®.


Paper submissions must present original, research or experiences. Late-breaking advances and work-in-progress reports from ongoing research are also encouraged. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Each submission must be written in English, accompanied by a 75 to 200 word abstract and a list of up to 5 key words. There is a length limitation of 6 pages (including title, abstract, figures, tables, and references) for full papers and of 3 pages for short papers. Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers may be rejected without further review.

At least one author of accepted papers must be present at the workshop, to present the paper. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings (electronically and IEEE Xplore) and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Submissions must be in IEEE 2-column style, A4 format. Templates for both Latex & Word can be found at the following link: Submission Template.

Authors should submit their papers in PDF, postscript, or Word formats via EDAS.

Camera-Ready Papers:

Camera-Ready Papers: Author Final Paper Preparation and Submission Instructions
To submit the camera-ready copy, you need to complete the following steps by June 15, 2016 at the latest.

  • 1) Upload a scan of the completed and signed copyright form to EDAS!
  • 2) Revise your paper and format it correctly!
  • 3) Process it with PDF eXpress to obtain an IEEE Xplore-compatible pdf file!
  • 4) Upload that file to the CPS site!

For further detail about that process consult the Author Final Paper Preparation and Submission Instructions (CPS)!

If you have questions, please contact the CPS editor Patrick Kellenberger (

Workshop Committee

Workshop co-chairs
  • Florian Wamser, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Roberto Bruschi, Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Genova, Italy
  • Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, Ubitech, Greece
Technical Program Committee
  • Chiara Lombardo, Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Italy
  • Michael Seufert, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Sergios Soursos, Intracom Telecom, Peania, Greece
  • Ioanna Papafili, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Giovanni Schembra, University of Catania, Italy
  • Roman Łapacz, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Poland
  • Krzysztof Wajda, AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
  • Manzalini Antonio, Telecom Italia, Italy
  • Alessandro Rossini, SINTEF, Oslo, Norway
  • Robert Birke, IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Matteo Repetto, Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Genova, Italy
  • Paolo Lago, Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Genova, Italy
  • Panagiotis Gouvas, Ubitech, Greece
  • Constantinos Vassilakis, Ubitech, Greece
  • Thomas Zinner, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Martin Collier, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Stefan Covaci, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Antonio Jara, HOP Ubiquitous, Spain
  • Kostas Tsagkaris, University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Maciej Mühleisen, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Dario Rossi, Télécom ParisTech (ENST), France

The aforementioned institutions support the workshop and participate as technical program committee members.

Associated IEEE Conference:
ITC 28 in Würzburg

The PROCON Workshop will be held in conjunction with the ITC 28 in Würzburg.
The ITC will take place from 12 - 16 September 2016 in Würzburg, Germany. It solicits original contributions that address the latest changes and developments in design, modeling, measurement, and performance evaluation of communication systems, networks, and services. ITC 28 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) and the Information Technology Society within VDE (ITG VDE), and in-cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM. The objectives in these areas include, among others, energy-efficiency and green IT, network security and privacy, QoS and QoE, and resilience. More details on the areas and the list of topics can be found online at
Link & Website:

Dates and Timeline



Abstract registration deadline: 15. April 2016

15. April 2016


Paper submission deadline: 1. May 2016

1. May 2016


Notification of acceptance: 1. June 2016

1. June 2016
Final Version

Final version

Final version of papers due: 15. June 2016

15. June 2016

PROCON Workshop

The workshop takes place in the context of the ITC 28 in Würzburg. More information about the venue or travel information can be found at

12. September 2016