Special Issue "Network, Compute, and Storage Management Using Software Defined Environments (SDEs)"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Douglas Comer

Purdue University, Department of Computer Science, West Lafayette, United States
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Interests: Operating Systems, computer networks, embedded systems, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT)
Guest Editor
Mr. Adib Rastegarnia

Purdue University, Department of Computer Science, West Lafayette, United States
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Interests: Operating Systems, computer networks, embedded systems, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Software-Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Cloud computing are emerging paradigms and technologies that will impact the next generation of network, compute, and storage systems. A closely-related trend in the Telecommunication industry, softwarization, reduces the operational cost of building and maintaining networking, computing, and storage infrastructures by automating processes and provides more flexibility in designing, managing, and controlling of them. In near future, most of the network, compute, and storage functions and services could be virtualized and fully decoupled from underlying physical infrastructure. It has been estimated that the size of the software-defined networking (SDN) market worldwide will increase from 0.41 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 to 13.8 in 2021; the economic impact confirms the importance of the emerging technologies describe above.

The term Software Defined Environments (SDEs), originally introduced by IBM, has been used to refer to fully automated and orchestrated IT infrastructures that simplify IT and network management, reduce costs, improve the time to market of new products, and help to optimize the use of the resources and infrastructure.  An SDE has four essential building blocks including Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Storage (SDS), Software Defined Compute (SDC), and Software Defined Management (SDM).  An SDE, allows an owner to manage workloads independent of systems and underlying infrastructure.  An SDE provides management functionality independent of specific vendors’ equipment or specific technologies. In addition, an SDE provides programming APIs that can be used to program the environment as a whole and select the best available resources based on the current status of the infrastructure, application characteristics, and required security and service level policies.

SDEs are at early stage of development and further investigation of these emerging technologies is warranted.  This special issue will focus on the theme “Network, Compute, and Storage Management using SDEs” . We invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers describing original, previously unpublished work, not currently under review by another conference, workshop, or a journal on all topics related to SDEs. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Orchestration systems for Software-Defined infrastructure
  • Policy-based software defined infrastructure
  • Programmable Data Planes (PDPs): applications, programming languages, compilers, and debuggers
  • Software Defined infrastructure across a large enterprise
  • Network Operating Systems (NOS)
  • Novel applications for SDN
  • High level programming languages and APIs for SDN
  • Software Defined Network Management Systems
  • SDN testbeds and deployments
  • Intent based programming APIs for SDN
  • Software-defined datacenter management
  • Software Defined Cloud (SDC)
  • SDN debugging and testing tools
  • Network monitoring using SDN
  • Virtualized network functions
  • Novel architectures for SDN and NFV
  • Software Defined Storage (SDS)
  • Software-Defined Infrastructures (SDI)
  • Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
  • Software Defined Compute (SDC)
  • Software Defined Management (SDM)
  • Use of orchestration for NFV
  • Novel solutions for security issues of SDN/NFV-based networks
  • Software Defined Servers and Virtualization
  • Performance evaluation of Software Defined Networking systems

Prof. Douglas Comer
Mr. Adib Rastegarnia
Guest Editors

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  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Software Defined Network Management
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Orchestration systems for SDN
  • Software Defined Storage
  • SDN security
  • Software Defined Network Programming APIs

Published Papers

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