IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
6-8 November 2017 – Berlin, Germany

Call for Demonstrations

The 3rd IEEE NFV-SDN conference, which will take place in Berlin, invites proposals for demonstrations to be held on November 6th, 2017. 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. Demo papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be included in the electronic conference/workshops proceedings bundle provided to IEEE NFV-SDN 2017 delegates and will be subsequently made available via IEEE Xplore.


The demonstrations should be configured to run in a cloud environment accessible via Internet and presented from the exhibition space floor on the demonstrator’s laptop. Also, an 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 2017 conference.


The demo proposals will be reviewed by the IEEE NFV-SDN  2017 program committee and will be approved based on 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

The topics considered but not limited to, include:

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


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


  • NFV and SDN Operations
    • Dynamic service function chaining/orchestration and traffic steering
    • Dynamic license management, autonomics, machine learning, monitoring, resiliency, fault management and self-healing
    • Security impacts
    • Advanced tools for automated design, deployment, validation and management
    • Application of machine learning and big data analytics to manage virtualized net-works


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

Demonstration Co-Chairs

Wolfgang John, Ericsson, SWE

Andreas Kassler, Karlstad University, SWE


Demo proposal submission:          July 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:             August 30, 2017
Camera-ready Submission:           September 15, 2017