Co-chairing ONIT 2013 @ IFIP/IEEE IM 2013

About ONIT
The 5th ONIT workshop is co-located at the 13th IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM2013), which will take place in 2013 in the historical city centre of Ghent, Belgium. IM 2013 will be held 27-31 May 2013 at Ghent University, Belgium and the ONIT workshop will take place on Friday, May 31, 2013.

This year’s theme: „Hot Topics in Fixed and Mobile Next Generation Network Evolution“

Fixed and mobile broadband networks are constantly under transition. The Internet influence, namely the all-IP transition has led to major changes in the control and service protocols and platforms. The resulting fixed and mobile NGNs are being rolled out globally today and their current evolution is inspired by Over-The-Top (OTT) multimedia services and emerging M2M services. The convergence of different networking domains demands for standardized solutions in order to enable an open “plug&play” multivendor environment.

The Future Internet is globally considered a hot research topic leading to even more drastic changes in these network architectures and technologies. In order to stimulate research and development in these complex environments and the prototyping and validation of new concepts, algorithms, protocols, services open testbeds and experimentation platforms, as well as open source software tools are of key importance.

The Open NGN and IMS Testbeds (ONIT) workshop is an established and vivid international community, which has been sparked by the Open IMS project in the context of NGN in 2009 and has evolved with the related developments, such as OpenEPC for mobile broadband networks and the upcoming OpenMTC toolkit for emerging M2M platforms. As these pioneering testbed toolkits are just examples, there is much more available around the globe, which should be captured by the ONIT workshop.

The 5th Workshop on Open NGN and IMS Testbed workshop 2013 (ONIT@IM2013) will give insights into the state-of-the-art technologies concerning open Next Generation Fixed and Mobile Broadband Packet Core Networks and testbeds at an international scale. A special focus of the 5th ONIT workshop lies on discussing challenges and opportunities of virtualizing telecommunication network technologies and applying SDN concepts on them. The objective is also to evaluate and share the experience on the quality and impact of such testbeds in order to improve current offerings and position them for future challenges. Therefore methodologies, mechanisms, concepts and research results, which address the design, deployment, prototyping and evaluation of Next Generation Fixed and Mobile Broadband Packet Core Networks, their evolution towards Future Internet and related application domains are target.

Especially, the role of and requirements from open source software for Next Generation Fixed and Mobile Broadband Networks testbeds, as well as how such software and infrastructures can provide the required middleware between radio technologies like GSM, UMTS, HSPA, LTE, WiMAX or Wireless LAN and Future Internet as well as Machine-to-Machine communication networks, shall be discussed in depth. Also in scope will be the latest developments into standardization and research on topics related to Next Generation Broadband Networks, like the integration between IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and new all-IP converged network technologies as Evolved Packet Core (EPC) based networks, with special insight on how cost-effective and accelerated R&D on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) can happen on traditionally difficult fields with the help of open testbeds.

Submission Guidelines and Publication
Authors are invited to submit original contributions (written in English) in PDF format through JEMS using ONIT 2013 Submission Page (NOW OPEN). Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Each submission will be limited to 8 pages (full papers) or 4 pages (short papers) in the following Formatting Instructions. The review process is single blinded (author names should be mentioned). Self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review.

To be published in the IFIP/IEEE IM 2013 Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full or limited (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented at the conference. 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 or limited registration is valid for up to 3 papers. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IFIP/IEEE IM 2013 Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®.

Notes from the IM2013 organizing commitee:

There will be one shared ISBN number (from IFIP) for main conference & all workshop proceedings
Proceedings of main conference & all workshops will be on a single stick.
All workshop papers will be published in IEEE Xplore
Note that we do not allow adding new authors to be added after the paper is accepted (potential conflict of interest)
Changing the order of authors or changing paper title is OK.
Registration of a workshop: 159 Euro in combination with IM / 279 Euro without IM

Venue and Accomodation
ONIT 2013 is a workshop held in conjunction with 13th IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management (IM 2013). For detailed venue, registration, accomodation and visa information, please refer to the IM 2013 website.

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