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NANOG 61 Call for Presentations

The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) will hold its 61st meeting in Bellevue, WA on June 2-4, 2014. NTT Communications will host NANOG 61. The NANOG Program Committee is now seeking proposals for presentations, panels, tutorials, tracks sessions, and keynote materials for the NANOG 61 program. We invite presentations highlighting issues relating to technology already deployed or soon-to-be deployed in the Internet. Vendors are encouraged to work with operators to present real-world deployment experiences with the vendor's products and interoperability. NANOG 61 submissions are welcome at the Program Committee Site.


NANOG is the premier meeting for network operators in North America. Meetings provide a forum for information exchange among network operators, engineers, and researchers. NANOG meets three times each year, and includes panels, presentations, tutorial sessions, tracks, and informal BOFs. NANOG attendees include operators from networks of all sizes, enterprise operators, peering coordinators, transport and switching equipment vendors, and network researchers. NANOG attendees will share ideas and interact with leaders in the field of network operations, discuss current operational events and issues, and learn about state-of-the-art operational techniques.

Materials from NANOG 61 will be archived at the NANOG 61 Home Page

Key Dates For NANOG 61

Event/Deadline Date
CFP Opens for NANOG 61: February 19, 2014
CFP Deadline #1: Presentation Abstracts Due April 7, 2014
CFP Deadline #2: Presentation Slides Due May 5, 2014
NANOG Highlights Page Posted April 21, 2014
CFP Topic List Posted April 21, 2014
Meeting Agenda Published May 12, 2014
Speaker FINAL presentations to PCTool or speaker-support May 31, 2014
On-site Registration June 1, 2014
Lightning Talk Submissions Open (Abstracts Only) June 1, 2014

The NANOG Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, tutorial sessions, tracks, and BOFs in all areas of network operations, including (but not limited to):

    • Power and facilities - Topics may include power reliability and engineering, green power, power efficiency, cooling, and facilities management.
    • Interconnections - Topics may include IXes, intra-building, MMR, metro-wide connections, peering, and transit purchasing tactics and strategies.
    • Security - Topics may include routing security, route filtering of large peers/ customers, and inter-AS security and cooperation.
    • DNS - Topics may include using DNS data for network metrics, botnet discovery, and geolocation.
    • IPv6 - Topics may include real-world deployment challenges, Carrier Grade NAT, NAT-PT implementations that work and scale, and allocation strategies.
    • Content - Topics may include Distribution (p2p, IPTV), content payment models, content distribution technologies and networks, and storage/archiving.
    • Disaster recovery - Topics may include risk analysis, training, agencies, planning methods, hardware portability, key tools, transport audits, and other lessons learned.

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.

In addition, the Program Committee, through participation with other organizations and vendors, will be programming a NOGLab experience. The topic of the NOGLab will be timely and feature real-world experiences faced by operators of today’s Internet.

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, and a representative on the Program Committee will give you the feedback needed to work it into a presentation. Otherwise, don't delay in submitting your talk, keynote, track, or panel into the NANOG Program Committee tool, located at Program Committee Site. For more information about talk types and format, please see: Tips of Giving a Talk

How To Present

Complete Presentation Guidelines can be found under "Present at a NANOG"

The primary speaker, moderator, or author should submit presentation information and an abstract online at: Program Committee Site once you have done this, you will receive instructions for submitting your draft slides.

    • Author's name(s)
    • Preferred contact email address
    • A preferred phone number for contact
    • Submission category (General Session, Panel, Tutorial, or Research Forum)
    • Presentation title
    • Abstract
    • Slides (attachment or URL), in PDF (preferred) or PowerPoint format.

We look forward to reviewing your submission.


Keynote Presentation: The Program Committee invites speakers to submit materials for up to one-hour keynote presentations. Speakers should indicate that their submission is for a keynote in their abstracts. Speaker must submit slides for a Keynote Presentation.

General Session Talk: A General Session presentation should be on a topic of interest to the general NANOG audience, and may be up to 30-minutes long (including time for Q&A). Speakers must submit slides for a General Session presentation.

General Session Panel: Panels are 60-90-minute discussion sessions between a moderator and a team of panelists. The panel moderator should submit an abstract on the panel topic, a list of panelists, and how the panel will be organized. 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. 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.

Tracks: Tracks are 90-minute informal agenda blocks on topics, which are of interest to a portion of the NANOG community. The 90-minute block can be subdivided into a number of smaller, highly related presentations, panels or open discussion. A moderator coordinates content within the 90-minute block of time, and must submit a detailed outline to the Program Committee, including sub-topics and presenters               

ISP Security 

Typically two tracks or three tracks will be run concurrently.

Tutorials: Tutorials are 90-minute sessions. A presentation 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                  
Peering business and engineering basics

A tutorial submission should include an abstract and slides.

BOFs: BOFs (Birds of a Feather sessions) are informal sessions on topics, which are of interest to a portion of the NANOG community. BOFs may be held in the hallways, breakout areas or in an unscheduled tutorial room. Requests for scheduled BOFs will be take place on site at the meeting.

A typical BOF session may include some structure or presentations, but usually is focused on community discussion and interaction. Frequent BOF topics include:

R&D collaboration                  
Hot-topics in the media

The less structured nature of BOF sessions allows for the greatest flexibility from a timing perspective.

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. The Program Committee will vote on all Lightning Talk submissions onsite at the meeting, and a submitter will be notified about his or her submission one day prior to the scheduled talk time.

Submit your lightning talk proposal at Program Committee Site starting June 1, 2014.

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.

The NANOG registration fee is waived for:

  • For General Session presentations, the registration fee will be waived for a maximum of one speaker.
  • For General Session panels, fees will be waived for one panel moderator and all panelists.
  • For Tracks, fees will be waived for one moderator.
  • For Research Forum presentations, fees will be waived for one speaker.
  • For Tutorials, fees will be waived for one instructor.






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