[e2e] CFP: Pfldnet2005: Third International Workshop on Protocols for very Long Distance Networks

Brian Tierney bltierney at lbl.gov
Wed Sep 8 16:23:08 PDT 2004

  Call For Papers

Third International Workshop on Protocols for Fast Long-Distance 
Lyon, France  Feb 3-4, 2005



pfldnet2005 at ens-lyon.fr

Fast long-distance networks (i.e., networks operating at 622 Mbit/s, 
2.5 Gbit/s, or 10 Gbit/s and spanning several countries or states) are 
now becoming commonplace. More and more researchers now routinely 
transfer between 10 GB and multi-TB datasets over gigabit networks. 
Application domains for such massive transfers include data-intensive 
Grids (e.g., in Particle Physics, Earth Observation, Bio informatics, 
and Radio Astronomy), database mirroring for Web sites (e.g., in 
e-commerce), and push-based Web cache updates.

Although the network infrastructure is now in place, or will soon be, 
the transport and application protocols available to date perform 
rather poorly over such networks. Current versions of TCP, for 
instance, recover very slowly from packet loss when the RTT and the 
link capacity are large, thus requiring a large congestion window for 
high throughput. A number of research teams have begun investigating 
these protocol issues.

The First International Workshop on Protocols for Fast Long-Distance 
Networks and the Second International Workshop on Protocols for Fast 
Long-Distance Networks were very successful in bringing together many 
researchers from the U.S., Asia and Europe who are working on these 
problems. This workshop will continue this tradition, and provide a 
perfect setting for researchers in this area to exchange ideas and 

This single-track workshop will provide researchers and technologists 
with a focused, highly interactive opportunity to present, discuss and 
exchange experience on leading research, development and future 
directions in high performance transport and application protocols 
(TCP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, etc.) over fast long-distance networks.

This year, a particular emphasis will be on End Systems Issues 
(hardware and software). Each day will start with a plenary talk and 
end with a panel. In between, formal presentations of papers will be 
followed by extensive and informal Q&A sessions. Authors are invited to
submit unpublished extended abstract for consideration.

In order to facilitate discussions, attendance will be limited to 60 
participants. Please register early to ensure your participation. 
Depending on the number of people who register, we may need to restrict 
the number of people from a given organization to allow for a broader 
representation of the research community. Registration will open on 
October 1, 2004.

Call For Papers

Participants wishing to present a paper should send a four-pages 
extended abstract to pfldnet2005 at ens-lyon.fr by October 15 (2004). 
Authors whose abstracts are selected for presentation will have the 
option to submit a full paper, to be published on the PFLDnet 2005 web 
site and in the PFLDnet 2005 proceedings. We may try to collect the 
best papers for a special edition of a journal, if the authors are 


The Pfldnet2005 workshop will focus on research issues and challenges 
as well as lessons learned from experience. Topics of interest include 
and are not limited to:

·         Protocol issues in fast long-distance networks
·         TCP enhancements and their comparison
·         Novel data transport protocols designed for new application 
·         RDMA over WANs
·         Effects of shaping on TCP and UDP traffic
·         Effects of striping and multistreaming
·         Bulk-data transfer applications both TCP and non-TCP based
·         Data replication and multicasting strategies and protocols
·         Simulation-based results
·         Experiments on real networks and actual measurements
·         Experience with different types of hardware (PCs, routers, 
switches, Gigabit Ethernet cards, etc.)

Important Dates

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: Oct 15
Reviews due: Nov 19
Acceptance Notification: Dec 5
Final paper submission: Jan 21
Workshop: 3-4 february


Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet, INRIA ENS Lyon - FR
Richard Hughes-Jones, Univ Manchester - UK
Cheng Jin, Caltech - USA

Steering Committee:
Brian L Tierney, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - USA
Linda Winkler, Argonne National Lab, USA
R. Les Cottrell , Stanford Linear Accelerator Center - USA

Technical Program Committee:
Bill Allcock (ANL - USA)
Eitan Altman (INRIA France)
Richard Carlson (Internet 2 - USA)
Andrew Chien (UCSD - USA)
Peter Clarke (UCL - UK)
Les Cottrell (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (USA)
Cees De Laat (UvA - NL)
Michel Diaz (LAAS -CNRS - FR)
Sally Floyd (ICIR - USA)
Tomohiro Kudoh (AIST JP)
Douglas Leith (Hamilton Institute- IR)
Steven Low (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Jason Leigh (UIC - USA)
Olivier Martin (CERN- CH)
Medy Sanadidi (UCLA - USA)
Robin Tasker (CCLRC - UK)
Brian L Tierney (LBNL - USA)
Gab Montenegro (SUN Microsystems - US)

Local Organization Committee:
Olivier Gluck (LIP - ENS Lyon)
Brice Goglin (LIP - ENS Lyon)
Jean-Christophe Mignot (LIP - ENS Lyon)
Sylvie Boyer (LIP - ENS Lyon)

PFLDnet 2005  is sponsored by:
Juniper Networks

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