IFIP Networking 2020 Welcome Message

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to welcome you to the IFIP Conference on Networking 2020.

Networking is the flagship conference of the IFIP Technical Committee on Communications Systems. Started as an event held every other year when launched in Paris (France) in 2000, the Networking conference became a yearly event since its 2005 edition held in Waterloo (Canada). This 19th edition of Networking is also the 20-year anniversary of the conference. We warmly welcome you all to participate and celebrate the long and successful tradition of the IFIP Networking conference.

This year's edition is also special for being the first fully online conference of the series. Our original plan was to bring the conference back to Paris and celebrate its anniversary in person but this was before the COVID-19 outbreak. Although we will not be able to enjoy the conventional conference experience and the beautiful city of Paris, we are looking forward to an exciting online conference format, where participation from all around the world is easier than ever -- thanks to Networking!

Over the years, IFIP Networking gained international recognition as one of the most prominent conferences that brings together top networking experts from academia and the industry. Cutting edge research results are presented at the conference from classical IP networking topics including routing, multimedia streaming, and performance modeling to emerging and hot topics such as those in this year's program. IFIP Networking 2020 features an impressive technical program covering a broad range of research areas including AI-empowered networking and network automation, programmable and softwarized networks, datacenter networking, the Internet of Things, Blockchain networks, 5G mobile networks, and network security among others.

IFIP Networking 2020 attracted a total of 235 submissions from all 5 continents. Each paper received at least 3 reviews with an average of 3.8 reviews per paper as well as meta reviews consolidating the reviews into recommendations to accept or reject papers. Final paper acceptance was ultimately decided based on the received reviews and passionate discussions between committee members, resulting in the selection of 55 full papers (23.4% acceptance ratio) and 25 short papers (34% acceptance ratio for both full and short papers).

In addition to technical papers, the main program of Networking 2020 includes 5 keynote talks by leaders in the industry and academia, 1 distinguished expert panel on networking challenges for the next decade, 1 industry track dedicated to the latest networking technology developments, 16 poster presentations showcasing new ideas and hot topics in networking and vibrant demo sessions featuring a total of 9 software demonstrations. Networking 2020 technical program also includes 4 co-located workshops, namely the Global Internet Symposium (GIS), the International Workshop on Time-Sensitive and Deterministic Networking (TENSOR), the International Workshop on Network Slicing, and the International Workshop on the Future of Internet Transport (FIT).

We are very pleased to offer such a rich and high-quality technical program at this year's IFIP Networking. This would not have been possible without the dedicated effort of many people in the organizing committee. Their contribution to the success of Networking 2020 is particularly appreciated this year having to make difficult decisions and switch in a short time from planning a conventional conference to something different and new. Special thanks go to Aziza Lounis and the DNAC team for their outstanding support to the organizing committee and for providing the infrastructure and the support for the virtual proceedings of the conference. We thank the TPC members and additional reviewers for their hard work in providing high-quality reviews and participating in the online discussions. We thank the authors for presenting their work at the IFIP Networking 2020, and the numerous participants for making this virtual edition of IFIP Networking 2020 a great success. We are grateful to the keynote speakers for sharing with the conference participants their views on the future of networking: Serge Fdida (Sorbonne University, France); Marina Thottan (Nokia Bell Labs, USA); George Varghese (UCLA, USA); Chih-Lin I (China Mobile Research Institute, People's Republic of China); and Dario Rossi (Huawei Technologies, France).

We are grateful to the IFIP Networking steering committee members for their confidence and their support throughout the conference organization. We are also grateful to our technical sponsors (IFIP TC6 and the IEEE Communications Society), our conference patrons (Nokia, Orange, gandi.net, Huawei, and Systematic), and supporting organizations (DNAC, Sorbonne Université, and the University of Waterloo).

We are looking forward to e-meeting you at Networking 2020.

General Co-Chais

Raouf Boutaba, Waterloo University, Canada

Guy Pujolle, Sorbonne University, France

TPC Co-Chairs

Xiaoming Fu, University of
Goettingen, Germany

Silvia Giordano, University of
Applied Sciences and Arts of
Southern, Switzerland

Christian Jacquenet Orange Labs,

IEEE catalog number: CFP20V46-ART
ISBN: 978-3-903176-28-7