The current convergence between computing and networking eco-systems clearly shows that software will play an unprecedented dominant role in future communication environments. Computing, storage, and connectivity services will be deployed as generalized virtual functions within a software-defined infrastructure composed of a "fog" of micro-clouds, typically located at the edge of the network. Suitable orchestration mechanisms must then be devised to facilitate the live deployment and dynamic lifecycle management of these virtual elements, at the application level, the server level, and the network level, within a single domain and across multiple domains.

Open issues that must still be addressed include: unified management of computing, storage, and network resources; abstraction models and open standard interfaces; adaptation and optimization mechanisms to be enforced at global and/or local levels.

The First IEEE International Workshop on Orchestration for Software- Defined Infrastructures (O4SDI) aims at providing an international forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss and address the challenges that must be faced in order to facilitate orchestration and programmability of generalized virtual functions in Software Defined Infrastructures (SDI). The workshop welcomes contributions from both computing and network-oriented research communities, with the aim of facilitating interdisciplinary discussion, cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas and best practices.

Topics of Interest

Due to the highly interdisciplinary scope of the workshop, contributions are expected from both computer science and communications areas. Works that discuss lessons learnt and best practices, describe practical deployment and implementation experiences, and/or demonstrate innovative use-cases are especially encouraged for presentation in the workshop. We are particularly interested in papers that cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

O4SDI 2016 will also feature a panel discussing "Orchestration in the context of Software Defined Infrastructures," as well as invited talks. Dr. Stuart Clayman, University College London, will moderate the panel and will also give a talk about the role of abstractions in software which will be particularly important for network orchestration, one of the most important interdisciplinary aspects of the workshop theme.


09:00 - 09:10   O4SDI-1: Welcome and Introduction
09:10 - 10:30   O4SDI-2: Technical Session 1: Resource Orchestration
  • Design Principles of Generalized Network Orchestrators
    Sławomir Kukliński (Warsaw University of Technology & Orange, Poland); Christian Destré (Orange FT, France); Imen Grida Ben Yahia (Orange Labs, France); Khoa Truong Dinh (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
  • Orchestration of Software Defined Security Services
    Song Luo and Malek Ben Salem (Accenture Technology Labs, USA)
  • On Resource Description Capabilities of On-Board Tools for Resource Management in Cloud Networking and NFV Infrastructures
    Kurt Tutschku (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden); Vida Ahmadi Mehri (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Sweden); Anders Carlsson (Blekinge Institute of Technology & Faculty of Computing, Sweden); Krishna Varaynya Chivukula and Johan Christenson (City Network Webbhotell AB, Sweden)
  • Can QoS be Dynamically Manipulated Using End-device Initialization?
    Fragkiskos Sardis, Massimo Condoluci, Toktam Mahmoodi and Mischa Dohler (King's College London, United Kingdom)
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45   O4SDI-3: Keynote
Orchestration: The need for System and Language Abstractions
Dr. Stuart Clayman (University College London, UK)
11:45 - 12:15   O4SDI-4: Invited Talk #1
Towards Orchestrating Virtualized Monitoring Capabilities in SDI: Challenges and First Steps
Dr. Catalin Meirosu (Ericsson Research, Sweden)
12:15 - 14:00   Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30   O4SDI-5: Invited Talk #2
A Flexible Compose and Play Orchestration Approach for Network Operations Scenarios
Dr. Olivier Augizeau (bcom Institute of Research and Technology & Orange, France)
14:30 - 15:30   O4SDI-6: Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Stuart Clayman (University College London, UK)
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30   O4SDI-7: Technical Session 2: Software-Defined Infrastructures
  • SDN-based Automated Testbed for Evaluating Multipath TCP
    Navin Kukreja (Politecnico Di Milano, Italy); Guido Maier, Rodolfo Alvizu and Achille Pattavina (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • eWV: An Evolvable Platform for Versatile Control in Software-Defined Wireless Networks
    Alfred Kenny, Quang-Dung Ho and Tho Le-Ngoc (McGill University, Canada)
  • Enabling Resource Pooling in Wireless Networks through Software-Defined Orchestration
    Maurizio Casoni, Carlo Augusto Grazia and Martin Klapez (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  • Software-Defined Exchange for the Virtualized WiFi Network towards Future Mobile Cloud Services
    Kiyohide Nakauchi and Nozomu Nishinaga (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Important Dates and Submission Information

Paper submissions are handled on-line through the EDAS system.

Further information is available at:

Download the Call for Papers in PDF format

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality, original technical papers for presentation at the workshop and publication in the IEEE O4SDI 2016 Proceedings and IEEE Xplore. All final submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font). Papers are reviewed on the basis that they do not contain plagiarized material and have not been submitted to any other conference at the same time (double submission). At least one co-author/author of an accepted paper MUST register and present the paper at the workshop for the paper to appear on IEEE Xplore.

For additional author guidelines, please refer to:

Workshop Committee

Workshop Co-Chairs

Technical Program Committee

O4SDI Steering Committee

Walter Cerroni

University of Bologna, Italy

Stuart Clayman

University College London, UK

Barbara Martini

CNIT, Pisa, Italy

Federica Paganelli

CNIT, Firenze, Italy