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Computer Networks (CN)
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Computer Networks is an international, archival journal providing a publication vehicle for complete coverage of all topics of interest to those involved in the computer communications networking area. The audience includes researchers, managers and operators of networks as well as designers and implementors. The Editorial Board will consider any material for publication that is of interest to those groups.


The topics covered by the journal but not limited to these are:

1. Communication Network Architectures:
New design contributions on Local Area Networks (LANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) including Wired, Wireless, Mobile, Cellular, Sensor, Optical, IP, ATM, and other related network technologies, as well as new switching technologies and the integration of various networking paradigms.

2. Communication Network Protocols:
New design contributions on all protocol layers except the Physical Layer, considering all types of networks mentioned above and their performance evaluation; novel protocols, methods and algorithms related to, e.g., medium access control, error control, routing, resource discovery, multicasting, congestion and flow control, scheduling, multimedia quality of service, as well as protocol specification, testing and verification.

3. Network Services and Applications:
Web, Web caching, Web performance, Middleware and operating system support for all types of networking, electronic commerce, quality of service, new adaptive applications, and multimedia services.

4. Network Security and Privacy:
Security protocols, authentication, denial of service, anonymity, smartcards, intrusion detection, key management, viruses and other malicious codes, information flow, data integrity, mobile code and agent security.

5. Network Operation and Management:
Including network pricing, network system software, quality of service, signaling protocols, mobility management, power management and power control algorithms, network planning, network dimensioning, network reliability, network performance measurements, network modeling and analysis, and overall system management.

6. Discrete Algorithms and Discrete Modeling
Algorithmic and discrete aspects in the context of computer networking as well as mobile and wireless computing and communications. Fostering cooperation among practitioners and theoreticians in this field.


The primary purpose of the journal is to publish original and complete papers covering a specific topic or project in the above mentioned areas in sufficient detail and depth to be of practical use to interested readers. The readers should benefit from the novel solutions and analyses presented in the papers. Enhanced, extended versions of quality papers presented at conferences or workshops can be submitted to our journal for review. Note that papers which were already published with the same contents or simultaneous submission of the same paper to other journals or conferences will not be considered for publication in our journal and will be immediately rejected.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2022-01-29
Special Issues
Special Issue on Networking challenges for a sustainable and equal world
Submission Date: 2023-12-15

UNESCO has adopted sustainable development goals which are driving multiple activities around the world. Networking research should not be an exception and this special issue is looking for advances over the state of the art in networking which will contribute to a sustainable, fair, equal and peaceful world. This special issue is looking for current research submissions related to the following topics: Internet of Things, vehicular networks, localization and location-based services, networking for the metaverse, edge, fog and cloud computing, AI-as-a-Service, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Beyond 5G networks, Edge AI, Networking for AI, Network security and privacy, Routing and multicast, Energy efficiency in networks, Mobile sensing and mobility management, Network economics and pricing, Network management, Network measurement and analysis, mmWave, THz, VLC networking, MIMO-based networking, Dynamic spectrum sharing, Interference management and mitigation, Optical networks, Satellite networks, Software-defined Radios, Open RAN, Network coding for 5G, Machine Learning and AI for networks, Software-defined networking, Network virtualization. The aim of this special issue is then to select high quality contributions that advance the state of the art in networking having as drivers for a sustainable, fair, equal, and peaceful world. Guest editors: Michele Segata, PhDUniversity of Trento, Italy(Vehicular networks, cooperative driving, wireless networks) Marilia Curado, PhDUniversity of Coimbra, Portugal(Networking, Network Resilience, Low Latency Communications, Energy Efficiency) Manuscript submission information: The COMPNW's submission system (Editorial Manager) will be open for submissions to this Special Issue from August 21st, 2023. This Special Issue is by invitation only. Important Dates: Submission Open Date: August 21st, 2023 Final Manuscript Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2023 Editorial Acceptance Deadline: April 15th, 2024
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2023-09-19
Special Issue on High Performance Switching and Routing
Submission Date: 2023-12-20

High Performance Switching and Routing are needed to cope with the high traffic demands efficiently and effectively. Some of the challenges that the Internet is facing include handling the bandwidth and delay requirements of multimedia services and cloud computing applications; deploying large datacenters and enhancing their switching capabilities; and achieving high energy efficiency in switching and routing equipment. These are only some of the factors that are driving the demand for switching and routing capabilities that are more intelligent, efficient, and reliable than ever before. ------------ Guest editors: Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou, PhDUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA(Network Economics, Game Theory, Reinforcement Learning, Wireless Networks) Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, PhDNortheastern University, Boston, USA(Wireless Networks, Mobile Computing, 5G, mmWave) Carla Fabiana Chiasserini, PhDPolitecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy(Mobile networks, radio networks virtualization, Networks for Machine Learning, Intelligent mobile services) Gang Li, PhDDeakin University, Australia(Data Privacy, Open Environment Machine Learning, Topological Data Analysis) Manuscript submission information: Submission to this special issue is by invitation only. If you are interested in contributing an article to this issue, please send the abstract to the Managing Guest Editor to check if it is within the scope of the special issue. ------------ Timeline: Submission Open Date *20/07/2023 ------------ Final Manuscript Submission Deadline *20/12/2023 ------------ Editorial Acceptance Deadline *20/04/2023
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2023-09-02
Special Issue on Evolution of Networked AI Systems: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
Submission Date: 2023-12-30

The integration of AI and networking technologies is driving the development of intelligent and autonomous systems that are capable of making decisions and performing tasks in real-time. These systems are critical for a wide range of applications, including 5G networks, IoT, and edge computing. However, designing, implementing, and deploying AI systems in networked environments presents a number of unique challenges. One of the main challenges is ensuring that AI systems can operate effectively in dynamic network environments with varying network conditions, particularly if large-scale changes happen over time. Another requirement is balancing the trade-offs between the computational and communication requirements of AI systems in networked environments. Additionally, there is a need to develop new algorithms and protocols that can effectively utilize the resources of the network to meet the needs of next-generation applications (for example, AR/VR or large language models) while ensuring robustness and security. Finally, networked AI systems will deal with the high-dimensionality and heterogeneity of the data generated by AI systems in networked environments, which requires novel data management and analytics techniques. The goal of this special issue is to invite researchers and practitioners working on the design, implementation, and deployment of AI systems in networked environments. By inviting experts from academia and industry, the special issue aims to foster collaboration and to promote the development of new ideas and research directions in this field. We invite submissions of original research papers, as well as papers describing practical experiences, case studies, and tutorials. ------------ Key topics include (but are not limited to): Distributed AI algorithms and systems, Edge computing and fog computing for AI, AI-enabled networking architectures and protocols, AI-based network management and control, AI-based enhancement for reconfigurable wireless network design, optimization, and resource allocation, Functional decomposition and placement over RAN and edge for AI, Real-time networking protocols for Edge AI, Theoretical and/or experimental results addressing the predictability of networked AI systems from a computational and communication standpoint, Enhanced intelligent network slicing for edge AI platforms, AI-based network troubleshooting and diagnosis, AI-enabled network security and privacy, Data management, sharing, and sets for AI in networked systems, Real-world deployment and evaluation of AI in networked systems, Digital twin platforms enabled by networked AI systems, Large Langue Models (LLMs) in and for networked AI systems. ------------ Guest editors: Roberto Morabito, PhDUniversity of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland(networked systems, distributed AI, edge computing, Internet of Things) Kwang Taik Kim, PhDPurdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA(communication engineering, open RAN architecture, edge platform, large-scale distributed computing) Kyunghan Lee, PhDSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea(Networked Computing, Mobile Machine Learning, Low-Latency Networking, Data/Computing/Offloading) Jiasi Chen, PhDUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA(mobile systems, AR/VR, video, streaming, machine learning)
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2023-09-02
Special Issue on Advances in Wireless Networks Simulation
Submission Date: 2024-01-03

The increasing complexity of wireless networks has increased the effort required for their design and performance evaluation. In the design phase, increasingly complex features must be considered to achieve the goal of advancing the technology, while in the performance evaluation phase, multiple complex scenarios and configurations must be considered. In addition, the algorithmic space for optimization is huge and AI-based solutions are increasingly being considered. Often, such networks are at a very early stage of development or not accessible to researchers. ------------ In this context, software tools such as simulators play a crucial role in defining the most promising features, supporting their evaluation, and defining optimization strategies. Furthermore, simulators are often integrated with external testbeds, tools, or models to support the evaluation of even more complex scenarios. ------------ This special issue addresses all the modeling, methodological, and technical issues that researchers face in the simulation-based design and evaluation of wireless networks. It focuses on advances in simulation tools for such networks, such as next-generation Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and on the integration of simulation tools with testbeds or external models. ------------ We seek papers from academia, research centers, and industry players working on various aspects of wireless network design and performance evaluation using simulation. Papers with a high level of reproducibility are particularly encouraged, whether through publishing source code and/or raw data, so as to establish new standards for the simulation community. ------------ Key topics include (but are not limited to): simulation of wireless technologies, e.g., Wi-Fi or 5G/6G, and key features under evaluation for the standardization processes; QoS provisioning in wireless networks; simulation of resource allocation algorithms; validation of simulated models; simulation-assisted design and performance evaluation of MAC layer or cross-layer design; emulation of complex scenarios; end-to-end performance evaluation of applications and services based on wireless networks; lessons learned and new results from very early-stage research. ------------ Guest editors: Dr. Pasquale Imputato, PhDUniversity of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy(network simulation, network emulation, wi-fi) Dr. Thomas Henderson, PhDUniversity of Washington, Seattle, WA(network simulation, network protocols) Dr. Giovanni Nardini, PhDUniversity of Pisa, Pisa, Italy(modeling, simulation, edge computing, 5G, performance evaluation) Dr. Michele Polese, PhDNortheastern University, Boston, MA(O-RAN, testbeds, simulations, 5G, millimeter waves)
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2023-09-02
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