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Special Issues of The Computer Journal

Call for Papers: Software Defined Wireless Networks

Guest Editors

Linghe Konge
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
linghe.kong@sjtu.edu.cn

Naveen Chilamkurti
La Trobe University, Australia
N.Chilamkurti@latrobe.edu.au

Seungmin Rho
Sungkyul University, Korea
smrho@sungkyul.edu

Daqiang Zhang
Tongji University, China
dqzhang@tongji.edu.cn

Important Dates

Submissions: November 30, 2016
First round decisions: February 28, 2017
Revisions: March 31, 2017
Final decisions: April 30, 2017
Final manuscripts: May 31, 2017
Publication: Fall 2017

Scope of the Special Issue

Software defined network (SDN) is an emerging network paradigm and has been deployed to a wide range of networking systems. It can significantly simplify the network management and offer a programmable and flexible network architecture. Originally, SDN is designed for wired networks, such as data center network and campus LAN. Fortunately, the architecture is general enough to be applied to wireless networks as well. Due to the popularity and generality, the software defined concept has now been employed to many forms of wireless networks. Similar to wired implementations, Software Defined Wireless Networks (SDWN) can also bring flexibility, programmability, and scalability into mobile networks.

In the meantime, applying software defined wireless networks also entails several distinct challenges that need to be solved. On one hand, to decouple the control/data plane and establish centralized control of the entire wireless network is not easy. Wireless signals travel through unguided media in the air, and broadcast is the nature of wireless signals. Hence, the probability of transmission error tends to be higher than wired networks. In addition, the heterogeneity of physical layer standard makes the network integration more difficult. Moreover, the mobility of nodes can also cause frequent topology change of the entire networks. On the other hand, the requirement of wireless applications is more complicated. Conventional SDN is generally designed for Ethernet with IP-based protocols. However, many wireless specific features can also impact the performance of the networks, such as the bandwidth, wireless spectrum, and geographical location of wireless nodes. It is necessary to redesign the standards and flow rules for software defined wireless networks.


The primary goal of this special section of the Computer Journal solicits SDWN articles discussing the system modelling, design principles, architecture, performance evaluation, communication protocols and routing schemes. The topic of interests includes, but not limited to:

• System architecture and modeling
• Southbound and OpenFlow protocols and algorithms
• Control/data plane scalability and availability issues
• Deployment of SDWN applications
• Network operating systems and virtualization
• Network capacity and performance in SDWN
• Network programming paradigms and languages for SDWN
• Mobile SDWN applications in safety, efficiency and infotainment
• Mobility management (disconnected operations, handoff, etc.)
• Large-scale data acquisition, dissemination and analysis using SDWN
• SDWN system performance evaluation
• Security, privacy and reliability in SDWN
• Verification/Auditing tools for SDWN systems
• Traffic Engineering in SDWN
• Applications and use cases for SDWN
• Smart node for SDWN-based Network Functions Virtualization

Instructions to Authors

Authors should follow the guidelines in The Computer Journal's Instructions to Authors. Prospective authors should submit a PDF version of their manuscript via Manuscript Central. Should their paper be accepted they will be requested to upload their source files (Latex or WORD).
Please indicate that the paper is meant for the special issue and should be handled as part of Section B of the journal.

Note: Papers outside the scope of software defined wireless networks will not be accepted for submission.