The SC Conference Series is a test bed for cutting-edge developments in high-performance networking, computing, storage, and analysis. Network Research Exhibition (NRE) demonstrations leverage the advanced capabilities of SCinet, SC’s dedicated high-capacity network.

Additionally, each year, a selection of NRE participants are invited to share the results of their demos and experiments from the preceding year’s conference as part of the Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science (INDIS) Workshop.

Network researchers and professionals from government, education, research, and industry are invited to submit proposals for demonstrations and experiments at the SC Conference that display innovation in emerging network hardware, protocols, and advanced network-intensive scientific applications.

NRE Topics

Topics for the Network Research Exhibition demos and experiments may include:

  • Software-defined networking
  • Novel network architecture
  • Switching and routing
  • Alternative data transfer protocols
  • Network monitoring, management, and control
  • Network security, encryption, and resilience
  • Open clouds and storage area networks
  • Automation and AI tools
  • Real-time data applications

NRE Proposal Submissions

Stage 1: Preliminary WAN Requirements

Provide critical early input to the SCinet WAN team in terms of WAN bandwidth requests. Significant lead times are required to work with service providers and equipment vendors to plan, build, and validate WAN circuits. Early input is key to ensuring that the network can meet the needs of NRE applicants.

Stage 2: Preliminary Abstract

One-page document outlining the high-level goals and activities related to the proposal. Only a single experiment should be included. Additional experiments should be outlined in separate documents. Include as many details as possible on sources and network needs.

Stage 3: Network Requirements

Final document outlining the network requirements required for the planned exhibition, including sources (city, state, country of origin), bandwidth needs, VLAN requirements, and destination booth drops. Note that WAN bandwidth requests that differ significantly from those outlined in the Preliminary WAN Requirements and/or resources section of the Preliminary Abstract may not be able to be fulfilled.

  • Submission format: Any relevant submission style will be accepted.
  • Submission location: NRE Submissions Dropbox
  • Submission deadline: August 5, 2022

Stage 4: Final Publishable Submission

Two- to three-page submission with all relevant details of the activities, drawings, and other research details. This document will be published on the SCinet NRE webpage.

  • Submission format: Any relevant submission style will be accepted.
  • Submission location: NRE Submissions Dropbox
  • Submission deadline: October 28, 2022

Stage 5: Research Results and Findings

Submission of findings and results of the demonstrations. These will be collected and provided to the INDIS workshop team for inclusion in the workshop for the following year. The handoff to INDIS will include the final publishable submission as well as the read-out of the demonstration(s) in terms of results.

  • Submission format: Same as the Final Publishable Submission
  • Submission location: NRE Submissions Dropbox
  • Submission deadline: January 27, 2023

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