The First International Workshop on Hot Topics in

Container Networking and Networked Systems (HotConNet’17)



Containerization technology is being adopted quickly by the software industry because it offers fast deployment, good portability, and high resource efficiency to run large-scale and distributed systems. For example, many large Internet companies, e.g. Google, Yelp and AirBnB, etc., have intensively used containers to speed up the development of their applications and platform. The ecosystem of containerization is also rapidly growing. For instance, operating system providers like Microsoft and RedHat have released features to support Docker/container in Windows and Linux respectively; cloud providers like AWS, Azure and OpenStack all release their own services and solutions for containerized applications; there are about 400,000 public container images on Docker Hub with roughly 4~5 thousand new ones per week, and the number of pulls from Docker Hub reached 1 billion from Aug to Oct, 2016.


However, containerization is still in its early stage, and one of the major challenges it is facing is networking. Current container networking solutions mainly rely on the OS kernel to provide basic reachability and security among containers, while failing to meet various requirements needed by practical applications. For example, performance sensitive applications demand high networking performance (e.g. high bandwidth and low latency), while security sensitive applications usually rely on the network to implement firewalls, Intrusion detection system (IDS) or traffic scrubbers. Moreover, there are application demands for privacy, fairness, mobility, high availability, and so on and so forth. It is still challenging to provide the network functions above in container networking due to concerns such as scalability with the number of containers, containers portability, the underlying environments containers depend on (on physical machines or virtual machines) and the heterogeneity of end points (e.g. containers, VMs and physical machines).


Topics of Interest:

Authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all areas of container networking and networked systems.


Submission Instructions:

Papers must be submitted electronically. The length of papers must be no more than 6 pages, including tables and figures, (in two-column, 10-point format) including references, following the provided LaTeX style file. The cover page must contain an abstract of about 150 words, 3-5 keywords, name and affiliation of author(s) as well as the corresponding author's e-mail and postal address. Each submission will receive at least three independent blind reviews from the TPC. At least one of the authors of every accepted paper must register and present their work at the workshop. 

Paper registration and submission can be done via HotCRP at:


Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 5:00pm PST, March 24th, 2017

Authors notification: April 24th, 2017

Camera-ready: 5:00 pm PST, May 24th, 2017

Workshop date: August 25th, 2017




Minlan Yu, Yale University

Hongqiang Harry Liu, Microsoft Research


Technical Program Committee Members

Deepak Bansal, Microsoft Azure

Theophilus Benson, Duke University

Dongluo Chen, Docker

Yang Chen, Fudan University

Bruce Davie, VMWare

Hahhai Eran, Mellanox

Benjamin Hindman, Mesosphere

Tim Hockin, Google

Chi-Yao Hong, Google

Charlie Hu, Purdue University

Ryan Huang, JHU

Xin Jin, JHU

Tomas Knauth, TU Dresden

Jeongkeun Lee, Barefoot

Ben Pfaff, Stanford University

Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College London

George Porter, UCSD

Wei Xu, Tsinghua University

Ennan Zhai, Yale University

Nicholas Zhang, Huawei



Minlan Yu, Yale University, [log in to unmask]

Hongqiang Harry Liu, Microsoft Research, [log in to unmask]