The 4th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures

for Networking and Communications Systems
November 6-7 , 2008          San Jose, California, USA

General Chair

Mark Franklin, Washington U.

Program Chairs

Dhabaleswar Panda, Ohio State U.

Dimitrios Stiliadis, Bell Labs

Program Committee

Dan Blumenthal, UC Santa Barbara

Greg Byrd, N.C. State University

Patrick Crowley, Washington U.

Chita R Das, Penn. State U. & NSF

Cezary Dubnicki, NEC Research

Will Eatherton, Cisco

Hans Eberle, Sun Microsytems

Dirk Grunwald, U. of Colorado

Manolis Katevenis, Forth-ICS 
Sailesh Kumar, Cisco

T. V. Lakshman, Bell Laboratory

Bill Lin, U.C., San Diego

John Lockwood, Stanford U.

Ahmed Louri, U. Arizona

Yan Luo, U. Massachusetts, Lowell

Kobus van der Merwe, AT&T Res.

Robert Olsen, Cisco 

Peter Onufryk, IDT

Vijay Pai, Purdue University 

Craig Partridge, BBN

K.K. Ramakrishnan, AT&T Res.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Rutgers

Umar Saif, LUMS, Pakistan

Chuck Thacker, Microsoft

Jonathan Turner, Washington U .

M. Vachharajani, U. Colorado

Anujan Varma, U.C. Santa Cruz

Srinivasan Venkatachary, Google

Bapi Vinnakota, Intel

Tilman Wolf, U. Massachusetts 

Raj Yavatkar, Intel

Yin Zhang, U. Texas, Austin


Peter Z. Onufryk, IDT

Local Arrangements

Michelle Gong, Intel


John Lockwood, Stanford U.

Publicity and Publications

Haldun Hadimioglu, Polytech. U.

Steering Committee

Alan Berenbaum, SMSC

Laxmi Bhuyan, U.C. Riverside

Patrick Crowley, Washington U.

Mark Franklin, Washington U.

Haldun Hadimioglu, Polytech. U.

Nick McKeown, Stanford Univ.

Peter Z. Onufryk, IDT

K. K. Ramakrishnan, AT&T Labs

Raj Yavatkar, Intel

ANCS is a research conference that focuses on the architecture and design of hardware and software for modern communication networks. The combination of increasing network bandwidth and expanding functionality pose continuing and growing challenges for system designers. New technology elements, including network processors, content addressable memories, chip multi-core processors, configurable logic and special-purpose components offer new opportunities for meeting these challenges, but also raise a variety of new issues. ANCS focuses on networking and communication in the broad sense, including novel architectures, architectural support for advanced communications systems, algorithms and protocols for advanced architectures, software and applications for next-generation networking architectures, and methodology and benchmarking for evaluating advanced communication architectures. Our emphasis this year will be on hardware and software elements in the context of systems that enable networks to evolve and scale.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • System design for future Network Architectures
  • Network/communications processors
  • Intelligent co-processors
  • Router architectures
  • Emerging Technologies (e.g., optical components, etc.)
  • Switch fabrics/interconnection networks
  • Link scheduling, processor/thread scheduling, switch scheduling
  • Network adapters
  • Application-specific networks (e.g., SAN, XML Switching)
  • Programmable /extensible networks
  • Secure communication
  • Traffic management
  • Packet classification
  • Content inspection and filtering
  • Energy-efficient designs
  • Multi-core processors and networking
  • Open platforms
  • Networks on-chip

The PAPER DEADLINE for submissions is June 30, 2008 at 11:59PM PST (US). ANCS will use double-blind reviewing, so submitted papers should not include the authors' names. Paper registration and submission must be done electronically through EDAS ( Registration, including the abstract, must be completed no later than June 23, 2008 at 11:59PM PDT (US). All papers must be submitted in PDF format on letter-size paper. Submissions must be viewable by Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5.0 or higher) and should not exceed 10 pages in ACM/SIG conference paper format using 10 pt font. Submissions exceeding the maximum limit will not be reviewed by the program committee. Camera-ready versions of the accepted papers will be required to use the ACM SIG format (

We encourage submissions containing original ideas. Like other conferences, ANCS requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to any other conferences or publications; that submissions not be previously published; and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere.

Notification of Acceptance:  August 26, 2008.

Contact the program chairs with any questions at