IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
9–11 November 2021 // Heraklion, Greece

Call for Papers


The IEEE NFV-SDN conference invites researchers from around the world to share ideas influencing the evolution and operation of NFV and SDN technologies. The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics:

NFV and SDN Architectures, Infrastructure and Elements

  • Emerging improvements including Network Slicing and the unikernel paradigm
  • Impact of “open X”
  • Improvements in design of forwarding elements, e.g., switches/routers, wireless systems
  • Optimizing NFV infrastructures including hardware acceleration technologies
  • Heterogeneous server platforms and the detailed element-level CPU/GPU/FPGA mapping of NFV functions
  • SDN/NFV in recent and novel architecture paradigms such as Edge, Fog etc.

NFV and SDN Operation

  • Dynamic license management, autonomics, machine learning, monitoring, resiliency, fault management and self-healing
  • Network security and isolation impacts of virtualization technologies
  • Advanced tools for automated design, deployment, validation, and management
  • Application of machine learning and big data analytics to manage to simplify deployment and operation of SDN/NFV networks

Performance Analysis and Optimization

  • Costs of migration of application containers and workloads
  • Data/control plane performance, interoperability, and scalability studies
  • Resource dimensioning and optimization (e.g. cloud-native design), workload isolation and tradeoffs
  • Design guidelines for modularity, scalability, high availability and interoperability (e.g. container and micro services implementations)

Results and Evaluations in Application Scenarios

  • Comparative studies on different virtualization technologies
  • Usage scenarios such as SD-WAN, IoT, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, etc.
  • Improvements in future communication infrastructure enabled by SDN and NFV including fixed and wireless access, public, private and hybrid clouds
  • Social and regulatory impacts (e.g. network implications of data location and privacy)


To submit a paper, click here.