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Call for Presentations

The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) will hold its 43rd meeting June 1-4, 2008 in Brooklyn, New York. 

The meeting will be hosted by Telx

NANOG conferences provide a forum for information exchange among network operators, engineers, and researchers. Meetings are held three times each year, and include panels, presentations, tutorial sessions, and BOFs. 

NANOG solicits presentations highlighting issues relating to technology already deployed or soon-to-be deployed in the Internet. The NANOG community is invited to attend and participate in this forum, which offers numerous opportunities to share ideas, explore research and development, and interact with leaders in this important field of network operations. Vendors are encouraged to work with operators to present deployment experiences with the vendor's products and interoperability.

Key Dates for NANOG 43 

Web tool now open to accept submissions at http://www.nanogpc.org/

08-Mar-14   Deadline for submissions. Talks submitted by this date will receive full consideration for a slot at NANOG43. 

08-Mar-31   Tentative meeting agenda posted. 

08-Apr-4   Deadline for any late submissions. Talks submitted by this date may be considered for open spots in the agenda, if available. 

08-Apr-24   Last scheduled Program Committee call to finalize agenda. 

08-Apr-29   Final agenda posted. 

[Lightning talk submissions and evaluations begin]

Some (of the many) ideas that the Program Committee is considering for this NANOG meeting include:

  • Submarine Cable Systems - optics, physics, martime conditions, economics, services. 
  • Interconnections - IXes, intra-building, MMR, metro-wide connections, peering, transit purchasing tactics and strategies. 
  • Security - routing security (hijacking), route filtering of large peers/customers, inter-as security and cooperation. 
  • DNS - using DNS data for network metrics, botnet discovery, geolocation and other fun. 
  • IPv6 - real-world deployment challenges, NAT-PT implementations that work and scale, allocation strategies. 

In general, presentations are being sought by and for network operators of all sizes. Presentations about difficult problems (and interesting solutions) that you encounter in the course of your job are encouraged. 

If you think you have an interesting topic but want some feedback or assistance working it into a presentation, please email the Program Committee chair, Todd Underwood ([email protected]) and a representative on the Program Committee will give you the feedback needed to work it into a presentation.

General Session

The community is invited to develop panel sessions or present talks on topics relevant to the NANOG community, including:

  • Network Operations
    • Present-day operational case studies
    • Everyday life in the NOC and tools of interest
    • Exchange point technologies and implementation
    • Peering/colocation coordination issues
    • Content provider issues
    • Security attacks/mitigation, tools, and analysis
    • State of OAM tools for IP and MPLS networks
    • Disaster recovery and planning


  • Deployment Experience
    • Mergers and their impact on interconnected networks
    • Alternative and emerging last-mile technologies (metro/rural, broadband, radio, optical, etc.)
    • VoIP deployment, architecture, peering, and interconnect
    • Anycast
    • IPTV
    • Large-scale wireless
    • Fiber and wavelength use by enterprises 


  • Research, Policy, and New Technology
    • Approaches to securing the global routing system (e.g., s*BGP and/or other tools)
    • Routing system scalability
    • Capacity planning standards and tools
    • Inter-provider MPLS/QoS/PCE
    • RIR policy (e.g., implications of HD ratio)
    • Active standards organizations and areas of interest
    • IPv6: economics, deployments, and adoption rates
    • Approaches to IPv6 scalability, e.g., Shim6


A general session talk should be on a topic of interest to the general NANOG audience, and may be up to 30 minutes long (including time for questions and answers.)


Panel selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus and timeliness of the topic; expertise of proposed panelists; as well as the potential for informative and controversial discussion. The panel leader should provide an abstract describing the panel theme, list of panelists, and an outline of how the panel will be organized. After acceptance, the panel leader will be given the option to invite panel authors to submit their presentations to the NANOG Program Committee for review. Until then authors should not submit their individual presentations for the panel. 

A panel may be up to 90 minutes long.

Lightning Talks

A lightning talk is a very short presentation or speech by any attendee on any topic relevant to the NANOG audience. These are limited to ten minutes; this will be strictly enforced. 

If you have a topic that's timely, interesting, or even a crackpot idea you want to share, we encourage you to consider presenting it. Signups for lightning talks will be accepted during the NANOG meeting.

Research Forum

Researchers are invited to present short (10-minute) summaries of their work for operator feedback. Topics include routing, network performance, statistical measurement and analysis, and protocol development and implementation. Studies presented may be works in progress. Researchers from academia, government, and industry are encouraged to present.


Proposals are also invited for tutorial sessions from the introductory through advanced level on all related topics, including:

  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Troubleshooting BGP
  • Best Practices for Determining Traffic Matrices
  • Options for Blackhole and Discard Routing
  • BGP/MPLS Layer 3 VPNs


BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions) are 90-minute informal sessions on topics which are of interest to a portion of the NANOG community. 

A typical BOF session includes some presentations, but usually is focused on community discussion and interaction. 

Frequent BOF topics include:

  • Peering
  • ISP Security
  • Tools 

A BOF session is 90 minutes. 

Registration Fee Waivers

The meeting registration fee will be waived as follows:

  • General session talk: one speaker
  • General session panel: one moderator and all panelists
  • Research forum talk: one speaker
  • Tutorial: one instructor
  • BOF: one moderator

How to Present

The deadline for accepting abstracts and slides is March 14, 2008. While the majority of speaking slots may be filled by that date, a limited number of slots may be available after that date for topics that are exceptionally timely, important, or critical to the operations of the Internet. 

The primary speaker, moderator, or author should submit presentation information and an abstract online at:


Once you have done this, you will receive instructions for submitting your draft slides. 

See Presenting at NANOG section for complete submission guidelines. 

All submissions must include:

  • Author's name(s)
  • Preferred contact email address
  • Submission category (General Session, Panel, Tutorial, Research Forum, or BOF)
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract
  • Slides (attachment or URL), in PDF (preferred) or Powerpoint format (Slides are optional for BOFs.) 

You may instead submit the presentation information and draft slides in email to [email protected]





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