Highlights from RNDM 2018 – 10th Anniversary Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling

By Bjarne E. Helvik - Norway, Jacek Rak - PL and Poul E. Heegaard - NO

Longyearbyen, the northernmost city on Earth, located in Svalbard, Norway only 1310 km from the North Pole, was the venue FOR the 10th Anniversary Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling (RNDM 2018). The event was organized by NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, in cooperation with Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, and was technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Norway Section and by IFIP TC6 WG 6.10.

RNDM 2018 was attended by 30 participants representing 14 countries. The workshop program was organized in a single track. It included presentations of 17 regular papers selected after a detailed review process (with the average number of 4.86 delivered reviews per a submitted paper), several invited papers, and a Keynote Talk by Andres Gonzalez from Telenor, Norway on “Dependability in 5G Networks. An Operator Perspective.”

The technical program of RNDM 2018 was organized into eight sessions:

  • Network Resilience under Multiple Failures
  • Disaster Resilience of Optical Networks
  • Availability Analysis
  • From Security to Resilience
  • Survivability Strategies
  • Theory of Network Resilience
  • End-to-end Resilience
  • Measurement and Management

In particular, the special focus of the presentations was on the protection of communication networks against weather disruptions and disasters, identification of network regions vulnerable to disasters, and schemes of multicarrier collaboration to set up the post-disaster emergency network. Also, resilient routing with geodiversity constraints for disaster scenarios, modelling and assessment of cyber resilience, or resilience of Content Delivery Networks, Software Defined Networks, and other virtualized architectures were addressed from the theoretical and practical perspective.

The Best Paper Award was given to the authors of two papers: “Dual-Failure Restorability of Meta-Mesh Networks” by A. Castillo, T. Nakashima-Paniagua, and J. Doucette from the University of Alberta (Canada) presented by T. Nakashima-Paniagua; and “Topology Design of Transparent Optical Networks Resilient to Multiple Node Failures” by F. Barbosa, A. de Sousa, and A. Agra from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) presented by F. Barbosa.

A special issue of Networks, published by Wiley, is being prepared for the extended versions of selected RNDM 2018 papers.

A visit of RNDM 2018 participants at Camp Barentz near Longyearbyen.