Welcome Message from ITC 29 General Chairs
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are delighted to welcome you to the 29th International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 29), to be held on September 5-7, 2017, along with related Workshops on September 4 and 8, in Genoa, Italy!
Established in 1955, ITC has gathered a lively and active community that has been at the forefront of the evolution of communications and networking over the years, focusing on all aspects of teletraffic engineering: from design, management and control of telecommunication networks to their performance evaluation through analytical modelling, measurements and experimental test beds. All types of networking and telecommunication systems have been touched in this long period, including wired and wireless, fixed and mobile, and spanning all architectural protocol layers, always with a characterization blending technological advancements and mathematical rigour.
In the continuous evolution of the field, we have now come to the ongoing "softwarization" process in networks, along with hardware capability and new services, which is setting the pace for a tighter integration between computing and telecommunications technologies. At the same time, 5G and IoT are coming on the scene and will produce an unprecedented growth in wireless access and data generation. According to some estimates, there might be 25 billion connected "things" by 2020. The exponential growth of IoT nodes, flexibility in service provisioning and programmability are making networks more complex to manage and operate. In addition, network design presents new challenges, raised by ultralow power consumption requirements of IoT nodes and by the use of less energy-efficient general-purpose hardware. The new paradigms will affect and shape the statistical features of teletraffic, along with its performance analysis and control. With this perspective in mind, ITC 29 has focused on the topic of Ubiquitous, software-based, and sustainable networks and services.
This year’s ITC technical program is composed of 30 contributed full papers to be presented in a single-track session, three keynote addresses and a demo session. We also sponsor a PhD Workshop on "Modelling Communication Networks", and three workshops dedicated to more specific timely topics: Workshop on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards, ACROSS COST Action Workshop on “Management & Control for Reliable Softwarized Networks”, and the 1st International Workshop on Softwarized Infrastructures for 5G and Fog Computing (Soft5 2017). A tutorial on network survivability will be given by Poul E. Heegaard from NTNU, Norway and Kishor S. Trivedi from Duke University, USA.
Special thanks go to the keynote speakers Melissa Frank from Google, USA, Giuseppe Bianchi from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, and John Daigle, from the University of Mississippi, USA. We also thank the ITC’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) for their support of student travel grants and best paper awards. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Technical Program Co-Chairs, Raffaele Bolla and Florin Ciucu; to the Workshops Chair Markus Fiedler; to the Publications Co-Chairs Tobias Hoßfeld (also member of the Awards Committee) and Thomas Zinner; to the Award Co-Chairs Prosper Chemouil and Luigi Fratta; to the Publicity Co-Chairs, Oliver Hohlfeld, Dan Li, and Nguyen Huu Thanh. Riccardo Rapuzzi has taken care of EDAS configuration and of all related issues, and Marco Garré has constantly kept the website updated: we heartily thank them for their effort. Last but not least, our thanks go to the Area Chairs, the TPC members and the authors.
Franco Davoli (University of Genoa, Italy)
Nikhil Jain (Qualcomm Technologies, USA)