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JOURNAL of COMMUNICATIONS and NETWORKS (JCN)
A Publication of the Korea Institute of Communications
and Information Sciences (KICS)
Technically cosponsored by the
IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)

  JCN invites submission of high-quality papers in the areas of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services.

  A prospective author should submit the manuscript for publication consideration in electronic file (pdf) via JCN ScholarOne Manuscripts website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet) to an appropriate Division Editor
(for regular papers) or to any Guest Editor of an appropriate Special Issue.  (Special Issues may include regular papers to avoid unnecessary publication delays.)

  JCN is available in both paper and electronic formats, with the latter available in the JCN Digital Library in the JCN Web site, http://jcn.or.kr. For further details on paper submission and subscription, please visit the JCN Web site.

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Upcoming Special Issues

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CODING FOR WIRELESS STORAGE SYSTEMS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2014

Cloud storage has emerged in recent years as an inexpensive and scalable solution for storing large amounts of data and making it widely available to users. The growing success of cloud storage has been accompanied by new advances in the theory of erasure codes for such systems, namely the application of network coding techniques for distributed data storage and the theory of regenerating codes introduced by Dimakis et al., followed by a large body of further work in the literature.

However, a majority of the results achieved exclusively concern the network layer, assuming either a perfect errorfree channel or a simple bit-flip error or bit erasure scenario. Surprisingly few initiatives have been taken towards the actual physical layer functionality, e.g., how to protect the data transmission following a data reconstruction or node repair request when communication takes place over a wireless fading channel. Isolated from the storage point of view, on the other hand, wireless communications research has matured over the past two decades. The aim of this Special Issue is to draw these two aspects together and to encourage a new research direction for coding for wireless distributed and cloud storage systems.

This Special Issue therefore seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding distributed and cloud storage systems over wireless networks, the scope being in the physical layer rather than the network layer design or, alternatively, on the joint design across both (or more) layers. Examples of topics of interest:
  • Physical layer coding for distributed storage transmissions
  • Storing and communicating data securely over a wireless networks and wireless wiretap channels
  • Space-time coded communication in a wireless storage system
  • Partial downloading schemes to combat fading
  • Joint channel code and regenerating code design
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

- Deadline for the paper submission: May 25, 2014
- Deadline for the first review: July 31, 2014
- Submission deadline for final version: September 5, 2014.
- Publication date: December 5, 2014

Prof. Camilla Hollanti, Aalto University, Finland, camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi
Prof. Alex Dimakis, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA, dimakis@austin.utexas.edu
Prof. Tracey Ho, California Institute of Technology, CAL, USA, tho@caltech.edu
Prof. Hsiao-feng (Francis) Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, francis@mail.nctu.edu.tw

Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: camilla.hollanti@aalto.fi).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
BIG DATA NETWORKING-CHALLENGES AND APPLICATIONS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2015

Big data is more than a matter of size; it is an emerging paradigm of data of very large size (volume) and fast in/out (velocity), from various sources (variety), and of high value for knowledge extraction and decision making. Technological advances in data gathering have led to a rapid proliferation of big data in diverse areas such as remote sensing, medicine, the Internet, and social sectors. Such data brings opportunities and challenges to scientists and engineers. In order for us to make use of this massive amount of data, new data management and computational approaches are needed to permit scientists and engineers to analyze the data in (nearly) real time, often in a distributed or streaming manner. Various technologies are being discussed, and some have been realized, to support the handling of big data. In addition, big dataset cannot be stored in one location, and massively parallel processing databases and scalable storage systems are being designed to store the large datasets. What is more, big data generates an industry of supporting architectures; many cloud computing platforms and frameworks are developed to handle the big data operations, such as MapReduce. To deal with different properties of big data, different algorithms also need to be developed. Overall, big data is an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging types of data and content, to make models more agile, and to answer questions that were previously considered beyond our reach. The objective of this special issue is to invite authors to submit original manuscripts that demonstrate and explore current advances in various aspects of big data networking. We solicit novel papers including but not limited to:
  • Big data theory, applications, algorithm and challenges
  • Recent development in big data and MapReduce
  • Big data mining, analytics, and visualization
  • Large data stream processing, infrastructure and incremental datasets on cloud
  • Data management, distributed data systems, NoSQL data stores and DB scalability
  • Security, privacy, trust, fault tolerance, reliability and risk in big data
  • Big data placement, scheduling, and optimization
  • Mobile systems and development for handheld devices such as mobile phones
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

April 30, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
July 15, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
September 1, 2015 Final revised manuscript due
December 5, 2015 Special Issue published

Prof. Shuguang (Robert) Cui, Texas A&M University, USA, cui@tamu.edu
Prof. Mehdi Bennis, Oulu University, Finland, bennis@ee.oulu.fi
Prof. Dan Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, freeloam@gmail.com
Prof. Zhu Han, University of Houston, hanzhu22@gmail.com
Prof. Taekyoung (Ted) Kwon, Seoul National University, South Korea, tkkwon98@gmail.com


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: cui@tamu.edu).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
CLOUD RADIO ACCESS NETWORKS

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2016

The concept of a Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) is a promising candidate for realizing next-generation wireless cellular systems and is characterized by the offloading of baseband functionalities from the base stations to a Ą°cloudĄ± processor within the operatorĄŻs core network. To this end, the baseband signals are transferred between the cloud and the base stations on a network of fronthaul links, which can have a single- or a multi-hop topology. The centralization of information processing made possible by C-RANs enables interference management at the geographical scale covered by the distributed base stations and it also simplifies the deployment and management of base stations, which assume the role of radio units.

The main roadblock to the realization of the mentioned promises of C-RANs hinges on the effective integration of the wireless interface provided by the radio units with the fronthaul network. In fact, the inherent restriction on bandwidth and latency of the fronthaul links constrain the effectiveness of baseband centralization techniques. As an example, the latency induced by two-way fronthaul communication may prevent the use of standard closed-loop error recovery techniques.

This Special Issue seeks articles that address fundamental research issues regarding the analysis and implementation of C-RANs with emphasis on the interplay between the wireless interface and the fronthaul network. Examples of topics of interest include:
  • Information-theoretic analyses of the capacity of C-RANs
  • Fronthaul quantization techniques
  • HARQ design in the presence of fronthaul latency constraints
  • Testbed results on the implementation of C-RANs
  • Optimal RRM and cross-layer functional allocation between radio units and cloud
  • Signal processing for C-RANs
  • Higher-layer issues on the fronthaul network, e.g., routing and transport protocols
  • Network function virtualization techniques for C-RANs
  • C-RAN infrastructure sharing procedures for multi-tenant operations via software defined networking
  • C-RAN architectures for 5G networks
  • Computational complexity of centralized C-RAN processing
  • Implementation aspects of C-RAN on a cloud infrastructure
  • C-RAN standardization
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

September 15, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
December 15, 2015 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
January 30, 2016 Final revised manuscript due
April 5, 2016 Special Issue published

Prof. Osvaldo Simeone, New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ, USA, osvaldo.simeone@njit.edu
Dr. Andreas Maeder, NEC Labs Europe, Germany, andreas.maeder@neclab.eu
Prof. Mugen Peng, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, pmg@bupt.edu.cn
Dr. Onur Sahin, InterDigital, UK, onur.sahin@interdigital.com
Prof. Wei Yu, University of Toronto, Canada, weiyu@comm.utoronto.ca


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: osvaldo.simeone@njit.edu).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
GREEN COMMUNICATIONS

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2016

Energy efficiency has been a major objective of the communications research community for many years, but recently there has been a major focus on energy efficient systems and networks. There have been a number of major international research projects and initiatives, which has studied how energy consumption can be reduced significantly in both wired and wireless networks. Communications systems are also critical in saving energy in emerging cyber-physical systems, such as the smart grid. Further, energy harvesting techniques, including extracting energy from ambient wireless signals, will have a major role in future information technology systems in general. The objective of this special issue is to present new research in this area, exploring all aspects of green communications. We solicit papers exploring the following topics:
  • Design and technologies for green communications infrastructure
  • Energy- and power-constrained network devices
  • Physical layer concepts to support energy efficiency
  • Green medium access control protocols
  • Energy efficient signal processing techniques
  • Optimization and analysis in green computing and communications
  • Green concepts for future wireless communications, including 5G
  • Green big data processing
  • Green cloud computing
  • Energy efficient networking, communication and protocols
  • Energy efficiency in wireless and vehicular networks
  • Energy efficiency in data center operation
  • Energy harvesting concepts for network devices
  • Wireless energy harvesting techniques and protocols
  • Communications systems and technology to support the smart grid and other cyber-physical systems
  • Measurement and modeling of energy consumption
  • Standardization and benchmarks
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

December 15, 2015 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
March 15, 2016 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
May 1, 2016 Final revised manuscript due
August 2016 Special Issue published

Prof. John Thompson, University of Edinburgh, UK, john.thompson@ed.ac.uk
Prof. Rose Qingyang Hu, Utah State University, USA, rose.hu@usu.edu
Prof. Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, csyhua@hust.edu.cn
Dr. Himal A. Suraweera, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, himal@ee.pdn.ac.lk
Dr. Dejan Vukobratovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, dejanv@uns.ac.rs


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: john.thompson@ed.ac.uk).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.

JCN SPECIAL ISSUE ON
NEUTRALITY IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

PUBLICATION DATE: December 2016

The Internet is a conglomeration of several network service providers. The monetary interactions among them, and with other users of their services, are largely governed by their economic interests and can impact the socio-economic role of the Internet. Thus, it is necessary to study the interplay between various entities in the Internet, and understand the influence of pricing strategies of an entity on those of the others, and the effects on end users. The past few years have seen many public debates and legislation initiatives concerning access to the global Internet. Some of the central issues concerned the possibility for the Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer preferential treatment to content providers (CPs) at a premium. Much of this debate took place in anticipation of the legislation over Network Neutrality, and several public consultations were launched in 2010 (e.g., in the USA, France, and the E.U.). Network Neutrality (net neutrality in short) asserts that packets should not be discriminated based on their origin, destination or the protocol used. Two of the important issues concerning traffic discrimination are (i) whether an ISP should be allowed to charge CPs in order to reach its end users, and (ii) whether an ISP can have an exclusive agreement with a CP leading to the CP getting preferential services over the ISPĄŻs network.
The objective of this special issue is to invite authors to submit original manuscripts that demonstrate and explore current advances in various aspects of net neutrality in communication networks, including but not limited to:
  • Analysis of neutral and non-neutral pricing schemes related to Internet access
  • Analysis of collusions between CPs and ISPs
  • Incentives for investments in infrastructure under neutrality and under non-neutrality
  • Other aspects of neutrality vs. non-neutrality such as neutrality in search engines
  • Measuring and detecting non-neutral behavior
  • Analysis of vertical and horizontal integration
  • Neutrality issues in the cloud, network function virtualization (NFV)
Continuing JCNĄŻs tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

April 15, 2016 Electronic manuscript (.ps or .pdf) submission to JCN website
[An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
July 15, 2016 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected,
or returned to the authors with requests for changes
September 1, 2016 Final revised manuscript due
December 5, 2016 Special Issue published

Prof. Eitan Altman, INRIA, France, eitan.altman@inria.fr
Prof. George Kesidis, Pennsylvania State University, USA, kesidis@engr.psu.edu
Dr. Patrick Maille, Mines-Telecom Institute, France, patrick.maille@telecom-bretagne.eu
Dr. Yezekael Hayel, University of Avignon, France, yezekael.hayel@univ-avignon.fr


Electronic submissions should be made through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jcommnet. Information about submissions is available on the JCN web site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcommnet. Please direct inquiries and intent to submit notifications to the Lead Guest Editor (email: eitan.altman@inria.fr).

JCN is a high-quality bimonthly archival journal, published by the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, covering the fields of Communication Theory and Systems, Wireless Communications, and Networks and Services. JCN began publication in March 1999.
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