IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
27-29 November 2018 – Verona, Italy

Call for Demonstrations

The 4th IEEE NFV-SDN conference, which will take place in Verona, invites proposals for demonstrations to be held on November 27th, 2018. The scope of the demonstrations complements the conference with practical showcases from industry on the best-known practices as well as advances currently underway in research and academia.


Demonstration contributors are expected to provide a demo proposal (up to two pages in IEEE double column style, 10pt font) incorporating a demo system architecture illustration and details of the elements that will be demonstrated. Demo papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be included in the electronic conference/workshops proceedings bundle provided to IEEE NFV-SDN 2018 delegates and will be subsequently made available via IEEE Xplore.


The demonstrations should be configured to run in a cloud environment accessible via the Internet and presented from the exhibition space floor on the demonstrator’s laptop. At least one author of an accepted demo is required to register for the conference at the full or limited rate and present the demo at the IEEE NFV-SDN 2018 conference.


The demo proposals will be reviewed by the IEEE NFV-SDN 2018 program committee and will be approved based on the availability of demo space as well as on the following criteria:

  • Extent and significance of the research contribution or best practices insights
  • Potential impact on the audience
  • Quality of the proposed implementation
  • Presentation quality

Topics of interest and within the scope of IEEE NFV-SDN 2018 include the following:

  • NFV and SDN Architectures
    • Advances in Control planes, forwarding abstractions, and programmability paradigms
    • Analysis of new control plane architectures
    • Emerging improvements including Network Slicing and hierarchical controllers


  • NFV and SDN Infrastructure and Elements
    • Improvements in the design of forwarding elements, e.g. switches/routers, wireless systems
    • Advancements in Data Plane Programmability
    • Optimizing NFV infrastructures including hardware acceleration technologies


  • NFV and SDN Operations
    • Dynamic service function chaining/orchestration and traffic steering
    • Resiliency, fault management, and self-healing functions
    • Security frameworks and functions
    • Advanced tools for automated design, deployment, validation, and management
    • Application of machine learning and big data analytics to manage virtualized networks


  • Performance Analysis and Optimization
    • Data/control plane performance, interoperability and scalability studies
    • Resource dimensioning and optimization (e.g. cloud-native design), workload isolation and trade-offs
    • Design guidelines for modularity, scalability, high availability and interoperability (e.g. container and micro-services implementations)


  • Results and Evaluations in Application Scenarios
    • Usage scenarios such as SD-WAN, IoT, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, etc.
    • Improvements in future communication infrastructure enabled by SDN and NFV including RAN, evolution to 5G, public, private and hybrid clouds
    • Operations experience (e.g. lab. and field trial results)
    • New commercial models and ecosystems enabled by NFV and SDN


  • Demo papers must be formatted in the standard IEEE double-column conference template
  • Demo papers must not exceed two pages with 10pt font size
  • Demo papers need to obey the same general requirements with respect to registration, presentation, double submission and plagiarism as full conference papers.
  • Demo submissions should incorporate a demo system architecture illustration and a clear outline of the demo procedure. Links to a short online video clip or screencast showcasing the work are encouraged.
  • Demo requirements should be stated.
  • Demo papers should be submitted in pdf format via EDAS at:

Demonstration Co-Chairs

Andreas Kassler, Karlstad University, SWE

Sandra Scott-Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast, UK


Demo proposal submission:          July 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance:             September 20, 2018
Camera-ready Submission:           October 7, 2018