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XNet Accepting Proposals for SC21

XNet Proposals

The Experimental Networks Team (XNet) call for proposals is open until June 30. SC21 will be held November 14–19, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The SC Conference Series is a test-bed for cutting-edge developments in high-performance networking, computing, storage and analysis. The SC21 XNet team engages partners in research, education and industry to facilitate high-performance networking experiments during the SC21 conference. The XNet experiments often span multiple years, and the results serve to push the boundaries of network technologies and set the stage for SCinet’s continuous evolution to meet the network-intensive needs of the HPC community annual SC gathering.

Network researchers and professionals from government, education, research and industry are invited to submit proposals for XNet to explore new networking ideas in a truly unique environment. Proposals should focus on a theme that pushes the boundaries of what is possible within SCinet.”

— XNet Co-Chair Paul Ruth

Recent successes include adoption of the Faucet software-defined networking (SDN) controller and maturation of a data transfer node (DTN) service for SCinet.

XNet invites proposals on emerging, pre-commercial or pre-competitive, developmental, networking technologies, protocols, applications and services that can be applied or prototyped in future SCinet networks. XNet accepts two types of proposals:

  • XNet Planning: Proposals for early work to integrate experiments beyond
  • XNet Integration: Proposals for experiment integration in SC21

XNet Topics

Topics for this year’s experimental networks include:

  • High-touch network services
  • Systems for advanced wireless research
  • Data transfer nodes and data exchange services
  • Network programmability and capacity for 400G and beyond
  • Network infrastructure as a service (such as user-defined networks, etc.)
  • Testbed innovations and applications on international scale

Deadlines & Submissions

While proposals will be accepted until June 30, 2021, submissions of XNet experiment plans will be open until August 1, 2021. The proposal team will also have an opportunity to present XNet efforts at the annual Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science (INDIS) workshop.

Proposals should be emailed to XNet Co-Chairs Paul Ruth and Prasad Calyam:

Submit to XNet

Dawn Thurnau, SC21 SCinet Communications Liaison

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