RNDM 2016 Workshop and COST CA15127-RECODIS 2nd Meeting: Highlights from the Resilience Week in Halmstad, Sweden

By Arun Somani - USA, Dimitri Papadimitriou - Belgium, Jacek Rak - Poland and Magnus Jonsson - Sweden

Leading network resilience researchers took part in the Resilience Week on Sept. 12-15, 2016 at Halmstad University, SE by Prof. Magnus Jonsson from the Centre for Research on Embedded Systems (CERES), Halmstad University, SE, and Prof. Jacek Rak from Gdansk University of Technology, PL. It included two major events:

  • The 2nd Meeting of COST CA15127–RECODIS Action (Resilient Communication Services Protecting End-user Applications from Disaster-based Failures, http://www.cost-recodis.eu) held on Sept. 12-13, 2016.
  • RNDM 2016–8th International Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling on Sept. 13-15, 2016.

The meeting of COST RECODIS was attended by approximately 45 researchers from 24 European countries and the US. Its agenda included sessions scheduled for meetings of the Management Committee (MC) and Working Groups (WGs). Special focus was on communication resilience issues related to disaster-based failure scenarios including large-scale natural disasters, weather-based disruptions, technology-related disasters and malicious human activities. The main objective was to summarize the results of the first stage of the Action (i.e., analysis of state-of-the-art solutions) as well as to discuss the respective research issues to be solved in the near future including tasks to be completed in the framework of Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

The meeting of COST RECODIS was enriched by the invited talk by Prof. Biswanath Mukherjee (IEEE Fellow from University of California, Davis, US) on network resilience for massive failures and attacks.

The meeting of COST RECODIS was followed by the 8th edition of RNDM workshop co-organized on Sept. 13-15, 2016 at Halmstad University, SE by Prof. Magnus Jonsson, SE, Prof. Jacek Rak, PL and Prof. Arun Somani (Iowa State University, US). RNDM 2016 followed the success of its seven former editions gathering over 40 leading researchers from both academia and industry.

After a detailed review process (each paper submitted to RNDM 2016 received at least four reviews), accepted papers were organized into the following technical sessions:

  • Theory of network resilience
  • Optical networks survivability
  • Models and algorithms of resilient networks design
  • Disaster resilience
  • Methods of evaluation and improvement of network resilience
  • Resilience of virtualized and cloud architectures
  • Special session of COST CA15127-RECODIS

Apart from regular presentations, RNDM 2016 offered three invited talks, a panel discussion on disaster resilience–research challenges and perspectives, and two keynote talks, by Prof. Biswanath Mukherjee from the University of California, Davis, US entitled “Disaster resilience of telecom infrastructure,” and by Prof. Yan Zhang from University of Oslo, NO on “Reliable smart energy networks.”

The Best Paper Award was given to presenters of two papers: Sahel Sahhaf from Ghent University-iMinds, BE for the paper entitled “Resilient availability and bandwidth-aware multipath provisioning for media transfer over the Internet,” and Francesco Musumeci from Politecnico di Milano, IT (related to the paper on “Virtual network function placement for resilient service chain provisioning”).

A special issue of Networks, published by Wiley, is being prepared for extended versions of selected RNDM 2016 papers.

RNDM 2016 was organized in conjunction with the 4th International Workshop on Understanding the Inter-play between Sustainability, Resilience and Rubustness in Networks (USRR 2016), and the 11th International Workshop on Communication Technologies for Vehicles (Nets4Cars 2016 Fall).

The next edition of RNDM will be in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy on September 4-6, 2017. More information can be found at http://www.rndm.pl/2017/

Participants of the 2nd meeting of COST CA15127-RECODIS.
Participants of the RNDM 2016 Workshop.