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Special Issue on Future Internet Testbeds

Guest Editors

James P.G. Sterbenz
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. jpgs(at)
Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom. jpgs(at)
David Hutchison
Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom. d.hutchison(at)
Paul Müller
Kaiserslautern University, Kaiserslautern, Germany.  pmueller(at)
Chip Elliott
GENI Project Office, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. celliott(at)

Important dates

Paper submission: 15-06-2012
Acceptance notification: 15-09-2012
Final papers: 15-11-2012

It is increasingly recognised that the current Internet architecture is being challenged by unprecedented scale, new applications, untethered mobile wireless access, and domain-specific network scenarios and technologies including MANETs (mobile ad hoc networks) and wireless sensor networks. At the same time we increasingly rely on the Internet for all aspects of our lives.

The ability to evolve the Internet architecture to meet these challenges depends in part on the ability to test proposed protocols, services and configurations in a realistic setting at an appropriate scale. This requires testbeds that have significant scale, geographic scope, and that have a programmable Internet waist to permit experimentation with new addressing, forwarding, routing, and signalling paradigms. The GENI (Global Environments for Network Innovation) program in the US, and FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) programme in Europe have recognised and are funding this need.

With this special issue of Computer Networks, we solicit papers that that describe the results of experimentation on the architecture, implementation, and deployment of Future Internet (FI) testbeds. While we are especially interested in experimental results, we also seek insightful papers that describe testbed architectures and their deployment issues, challenges, and experience.

About the Future Internet Testbeds special issue

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
•    programmable FI testbed architectures
•    scalability in node count, interconnection complexity, and geographic scope
•    interoperation and extension across research networks (such as Internet2, NLR, GÉANT2, JANET, JGN-X, and KOREN/KREONET)
•    heterogeneity and FI testbeds for domain-specific networks
•    alternative communication paradigms (e.g. packets vs. circuits)
•    deployment challenges and experiences
•    federation of heterogeneous testbeds with one another and with
•    instrumentation and measurement of FI testbeds
•    management of FI testbeds that are distributed across administrative domains
•    security, use policy, and broad research community access to FI testbeds
•    experiment design, methodology, and verification
•    experimental results that could not have been achieved on traditional end-system or localized testbeds (e.g. PlanetLab or Emulab)

Submission format

The submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and describe original research which is not published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Author guidelines for preparation of manuscript can be found at
Submission Guideline
All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES). The authors must select as “Future Internet Testbeds” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. The EES website is located at:

Guide for Authors

This site will guide you stepwise through the creation and uploading of you article. The guide for Authors can be found on the journal homepage (