Special issue of JSAC



                            Call For Papers

The Internet is a complex but highly engineered system which has been
built for years in a mostly distributed fashion, with little or no
central authority. Even though a number of architectural principles
underlying its design and evolution are known, our understanding of
its global structure and dynamics at the different layers and of the 
nature of exchanges or communication over this structure has remained
very limited.

Many important features of this global structure can be studied by
examining the various graphs (sets of nodes and links between them)
that arise in the Internet at the different layers, each representing
different aspects of Internet connectivity. This is true for instance
for the physical connectivity, the IP-level connectivity, or the
relationships between Autonomous Systems (ASes). The same holds true
for the exchange or communication graphs (which nodes send information
to which other nodes) at the various layers (e.g., packets, flows,
files, email), and for overlay graphs induced by, for example, P2P
systems, web services, or online social networks.

Unfortunately, in practice these Internet-specific graph structures
are not readily available and obtaining them from empirical
observations typically requires costly special-purpose measurement
infrastructures and experiments. The resulting data often reflect
more what can be measured than what ought to be measured. As a
result, the obtained information is typically incomplete, inaccurate,
and biased. While some progress has been made to this regard in the
last 10 years, much remains to be done.

The goal of this special issue is to publish a collection of
high-quality papers in the area of measurement of Internet topologies.
We expect these papers to become key references in the field by
(i) clearly articulating the limitations of the proposed measurement
techniques or tools,
(ii) detailing the resulting data quality issues,
(iii) addressing ways to overcome some of the limitations, and
(iv) highlighting for which purposes the obtained data can and cannot
be used.

The scope is broad and aims to cover all relevant aspects of the
problem, but topics of special interest include:
. new measurement strategies and tools, including novel and original
. measurements at various layers, physical to applications;
. measurements of related objects, e.g., routing trees, spreadings of
  files, or load-balancers;
. inference of properties from measurements, and inference-oriented
. modeling and analysis for measurements, including assessement of
  observed properties;
. analysis of maps at any level, with special attention to measurement
. applications, including modeling of internet topologies and
  identification of key needs.

Instructions for authors:
Submit PDF file to We will confirm reception
within one week.

Important dates:
 submission until December 1, 2010
 notification: April 15, 2011
 materials to publisher: June 1, 2011
 publication: 4th quarter 2011

Guest editors:
 Krishna Gummadi, MPI-SWS, Germany
 Matthieu Latapy, CNRS and UPMC, France
 Jean-Jacques Pansiot, Strasbourg University, France
 Yuval Shavitt, Tel Aviv Univesity, Israel
 Walter Willinger, AT&T Labs-Research, USA
-- --------------- Matthieu Latapy -----------------------------

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