ICCCN 2008

Call for Papers
The First IEEE International Workshop on Computer Grids for
Distributed Network and System Management (CGDNSM 2008)
In conjunction with IEEE ICCCN 2008
August 4 - 7, 2008
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (USA)

Operating computer networks, distributed systems and connected devices becomes a major challenge in the telecommunication and IT industry due to the scale of networks, the integration of a variety of systems, and the growing complexity of management operations. In this context, the autonomic system approach appears to be a key research issue, in which the question how management automation and related techniques can help in operating these systems is examined. Management applications for these systems tend to become computation intensive applications, with the manipulation of large amounts data collected from managed systems. Thus, management applications for large scale, multiple and heterogeneous networks such as those run by network operators are good candidate grid applications, for which appropriate grid infrastructure services and application modeling and implementation tools are required.

The main objective of this workshop is to exchange ideas on how to aggregate CPU and data resources within a computer grid, to face scalability, management data manipulation, and the complexity of management operations. Scalability problems are due to the growing size of transport networks, manageable connected sub-networks and devices (e.g. mobile devices, home networks, gateways and devices, etc.). Important amounts of data may be collected form large sets of devices and networks for management purpose, and complex management operations may by performed on these datasets to detect and remedy to non-trivial management problems, using for example optimization and distributed artificial intelligence techniques. In order to build computer grids for scalable management applications, we need to identify system services and mechanisms required for these applications (in addition to standard grid middleware services), how managed devices, sub-networks and applications can be integrated within the same grid-based management infrastructure using for example resource virtualization techniques, how management sub-systems can interact, resist to network and node failures and attacks and use management resources globally. This workshop will bring together academic and industrial researchers, standard and management system developers, to discuss about both future directions with system management platforms based on computer grids, and the possibility to enhance existing management systems with emerging integration, resource aggregation and virtualization approaches. All research topics in this call for paper assume the use of a computer grid. They include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Computer grid architecture and system services for management automation
  • Integration of diverse resources: management clusters or mini-supercomputers, management servers, external resources and devices
  • Network management system extension for the management of external systems
  • Service execution management: service scheduling and resource provisioning
  • Management of devices, third-party networks, IT assets and applications from operator's management network, application to home and mobile networks
  • Integrated network and device configuration management
  • Novel management service architectures, virtualization and support for multiple management services and inter-domain management
  • Scalability techniques and generic algorithms for the management of large numbers of sub-networks and devices, application to home and mobile network management
  • Grid network optimization and automated adjustment for scalable management
  • Scalable fault event notification, collection and distributed analysis techniques, analysis of faulty behaviour, detection and correction of net-trivial root faults
  • Compute-intensive protection and healing techniques, protection of the management infrastructure against faulty sub-networks and devices, or attacks
  • Fault-tolerance grid techniques, failure management protocols and applications to management grid networks
  • Enhanced network services for grid-based management applications: reliable delivery and fault-tolerance, routing of events and QoS in management grid networks
  • Collective configuration management of large scale device sets
  • Grid adaptation and support for existing management paradigms (e.g. PBNM)
  • Analytic design of autonomous distributed systems, related algorithms and complexity analysis, grid-based parallelization
  • Theories of autonomous information system dynamics, relations with pervasive computing, ambient intelligence and semantic grids
  • Novel grid-based management paradigms, biology-inspired management paradigms

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers limited to 6 pages. Please see author's information page for submission guidelines on the ICCCN 2008 website. Please contact the program co-chairs for any queries, drissa.houatra@orange-ftgroup.com.

Paper submission due:                     April 16, 2008
Notification of acceptance:                May 12, 2008
Camera-ready paper due:                 May 22, 2008
Early Non-Author Registration Due: June 30, 2008
Workshop Day:                                 August 7, 2008

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Drissa Houatra, Orange Labs – Issy-Les-Moulineaux (France)
Mikael Salaun, Orange Labs – Lannion (France)

Technical Program Committee:
Alex Galis, UCL – London (UK)
Andrzej Tucholski, Polish Telekom – Warsaw (Poland)
Bernhard Plattner, ETH – Zürich (Switzerland)
Dominique Verchere, Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs – Nozay (France)
Drissa Houatra, Orange Labs – Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
Jarek Nabrzyski, PSNC – Poznan (Poland) and CCT – Louisiana (USA)
Mikael Salaun, Orange Labs – Lannion (France)
Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet, INRIA – Lyon (France)
Philippe d'Anfray, CEA Saclay & ANR – Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Ranganai Chaparadza, Fraunhofer/FOKUS – Berlin (Germany)
Remi Badonnel, LORIA – Nancy (France)

Submission of manuscripts