Network and Service Virtualization

Call for Papers

The introduction of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) has altered in a wholesale manner the way to view, and plan for, network infrastructure evolution in the forthcoming decade. The first steps in network virtualization are already taking place today, although more often than not through a piecemeal approach in which hardware-based network elements are replaced by software-based alternatives. This may help to reduce operator costs in the mid-term but does not alter the full lifecycle of service creation and deployment. The real potential for network and service virtualization lies in upgrading the entire toolbox that network operators have at their disposal, as state of the art research and development efforts already indicate.

This feature topic will provide a concise reference for carrier-grade networking and service virtualization with emphasis on automating the entire networking and cloud infrastructure. Service Function Chaining (SFC), i.e. a carrier-grade process for continuous delivery of services based on network function associations, is of particular importance in this respect. Papers that address challenges in this research area and span topics such as service chaining description and programming with focus on dynamicity, high-velocity, service instance deployment, and continuous network service delivery are particularly welcome. In addition, given the increased level of activity in several standardization bodies which host activities related to NFV and SFC, such as ETSI, IETF, ITU-T, and TeleManagement Forum, papers that deal with standards and their evolution in this area are actively solicited.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Network and service function chaining: architecture and implementation
  • Dynamic service orchestration and optimization
  • Operational aspects of network and service virtualization
  • DevOps in service provider networks
  • Infrastructure and service description and programming (languages, APIs, frameworks for combined processing, network and storage programming)
  • Large-scale continuous network service delivery models
  • Virtualized network economics and business modeling
  • Implementation, experimentation and deployment experiences from distributed telecom cloud infrastructures
  • Standards for infrastructure and service virtualization
  • Security, trust and service verification
  • Automation of the production chain, including automated testing, validation and verification of virtual functions and their composition
  • Real-time analytics and data-centric management of virtualized infrastructure
  • Characterization of customer experience
  • Characterization of infrastructure and network experience


Articles should be tutorial in nature and written in a style comprehensible to readers outside the specialty of the article. Authors must follow the IEEE Communications Magazine's guidelines for preparation of the manuscript. Complete guidelines for prospective authors can be found at:

It is very important to note that the IEEE Communications Magazine strongly limits mathematical content, and the number of figures and tables. Paper length should not exceed 4,500 words. All articles to be considered for publication must be submitted through the IEEE Manuscript Central ( by the deadline. Please Select "February 2015/ Network and Service Virtualization" as the submission category.


  • Manuscript Submission Due: June 15, 2014
  • Acceptance Notification: September 1, 2014
  • Final Manuscript Due: December 1, 2014
  • Publication Date: February 2015


Kostas Pentikousis
Head of IT Infrastructure
Berlin, Germany
F.-Joachim Westphal
R&I Director Network Architecture and Modeling
Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Berlin, Germany
Kohei Shiomoto
Senior Manager
NTT Network Technology Laboratories
Tokyo, Japan
Catalin Meirosu
Master Researcher
Ericsson Research - Packet Technologies
Stockholm, Sweden
Diego Lopez
Head of Technology Exploration. TPI / GCTO Unit
Telefonica I+D
Madrid, Spain
Spyros Denazis
Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
University of Patras, Patras, Greece

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