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W2: 1st IEEE International Workshop on Bandwidth on Demand

Monday 27 November, 9:00 - 17:00

Dr. Takeo Hamada, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Email: takeo.hamada@us.fujitsu.com
Dr. Burkhard Stiller, University of Zürich and ETH Zürich
Email: stiller@tik.ee.ethz.ch
Dr. Richard Rabbat, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Email: richard@us.fujitsu.com
Dr. David Hausheer, University of Zurich
Email: hausheer@ifi.unizh.ch
Electronic marketplaces for trading bandwidth have emerged since the late 1990’s, but were seriously hit by the economic downturn in 2001. The promise of instant bandwidth availability had led to the development of market mechanisms that companies used to trade bandwidth just as other commodities. However, those trading markets all but disappeared with the bursting of the telecom bubble. Driven by the recent technical advances in telecommunications and the new potentials of emerging peer-to-peer (P2P) and next generation networks (NGN), the goal of this workshop is to take a fresh and innovative look at the concept of bandwidth on demand (BOD).
Recent advances in the Internet-based communications domain, in which the support of Quality-of-Service and diverse application services become possible, require in many cases short-termed bandwidth assignments for, e.g., large sporting events or cultural open air activities. In addition, the support of bandwidth trading in a fully decentralized and secured manner, e.g., based on P2P schemes, shows further advantages in terms of reliability and scalability for large-scale systems.
The workshop seeks original papers in the following four areas that serve as basis for bandwidth on demand:
• Economic studies and modeling of market and business models in carrier and service provider networks
• Technical design of scalable, reliable, and cost-effective bandwidth trading infrastructures, including market mechanisms as a way to increase efficiencies
• Legislative and regulatory issues related to the Telecom Act and in comparison to other commodities markets such as the electric grid
• Industrial developments of new technologies that facilitate or create impediments to bandwidth on demand

The area of bandwidth trading is receiving new interest with the changing nature of competition in the telecom industry. Competition is not along the traditional lines of providing phone service to the same customer and tagging along some data offerings, but is a cutthroat competition for the ownership of the customer’s experience with phone, video, Internet and wireless service. These competing firms need to provision their network very efficiently and cost-effectively, and are adopting technologies such as an automated control plane and data-friendly transport technologies to enable a reduction in their operational expense. It is the aim of the workshop to understand how these aspects are going to change the telecom industry, what new services will be enabled and how ultimately the customer experience will change. With respect to the disappearance of centralized structures due to scalability concerns, the use of decentralized and trusted technology approaches in a fully distributed system, such as with P2P approaches, gains momentum. Avoiding single point of failures and providing secure solutions for fully distributed bandwidth trading infrastructures will result in feasible and open bandwidth on demand solutions.

Workshop Home page: http://www.csg.unizh.ch/events/bod06/



Early Registration:
30 October

Hotel Reservation Deadline:
3 November