Scientific LargeScale Infrastructure for Computing/Communication Experimental Studies

CNERT: The 9th International Workshop on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds

Virtual Conference
Collocated with IEEE INFOCOM 2022
May 2-5, 2022

Experimentation has played an important role in advancing research in computing and networking. Although theory
and simulation are important tools for studying and analyzing the behavior of new protocols and algorithms, it
is essential that new research ideas be validated on real systems, testbeds, and infrastructure that provides
a platform for exploring new systems.

This workshop brings together researchers and technical experts to share experiences and advance the
state-of-the-art in experimental research in areas such as networking, distributed systems, and cloud computing.
It aims to inspire researchers to use testbeds in novel and interesting ways as a means to validate research ideas.

Of particular interest are experiments on publicly available testbeds such as the CENI, Chameleon, CloudLab,
DeterLab, Emulab, FABRIC, the Fed4FIRE+ testbeds, FIT, OneLab, ORBIT, the PAWR project testbeds (COSMOS,
POWDER-RENEW, AERPAW), among many others worldwide.


We solicit papers and demo proposals with experimental results from testbeds from areas including, but not limited to:
– Wireless network experimentation (including low-power wireless, Internet-of-Things and sensor networks,
aerial drone networks, 5G, mmWave, RFID and backscattering networks)
– Wired network experimentation (including optical networks)
– Distributed systems
– Cloud computing and big data
– Edge computing
– Computer and network security
– Softwarization and virtualization of radios and networks
– Software defined networking (SDN)
– Future internet architectures (FIA)
– Next generation internet (NGI)
– Augmented and virtual reality
– Network economics and pricing
– Financial networks and algorithmic trading

Experiments may focus on challenges including, but not limited to:
– Large-scale experiments
– Evaluation and analysis of experimental data
– Creation and sharing of datasets of broad interest to the community
– Experiment design and deployment
– Designs for repeatability and reproducibility
– Tools and services for testbed users and operators
– Experiments on federated testbeds
– Testbed implementation and deployment


For CNERT 2022 we solicit:
– 6-page research papers. All research papers are encouraged to participate in the demo session. One additional
page is permitted in the initial submission to provide a demo proposal associated with the paper (detailed below).
– 2-page extended abstracts, plus a 1-page demo proposal (detailed below).

Demo Proposals.
The CNERT workshop has a strong experimental component. For consideration in the demo session, authors should
provide additional information in a 1-page appendix:
– A summary describing the demonstration.
– The data sets used (if any) and expected results.
– The testbed used for the demo.

To foster reproducibility in the area of computer and networking research, authors can provide, in a 1-page appendix,
clearly defined artifacts not previously available, including traces, original data, source code, or tools developed
as part of the submitted work.
The CNERT 2022 Reproducibility Committee is responsible to award accepted papers badges, based on the ACM Artifact
Review and Badging system. For papers to be eligible for badging, the authors (1) must opt-in to badging before the
paper submission deadline, and (2) include a one-page appendix in the submission that clearly describes the artifacts
and provide pointers to the code and other artifacts.

Badges, Best Paper and Best Demo

In addition to a best paper and best demo award, if applicable, CNERT will present badges to papers that exemplify
the principles of experiment repeatability and reproducibility on real systems with running code.


Submission deadline:             Monday, January 10, 2022
Notification:                    Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Camera ready:                    Monday, February 28, 2022
Workshop date:                   May 2, 2022


TPC Co-Chairs:
– Gaia Maselli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
– Anita Nikolich, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA