Thursday, November 04, 2021

HotNets Presentation : Zero-CPU Collection with Direct Telemetry Access

HotNets has asked that we let people know that the 2021 presentations are available here.  I'm using that an excuse to highlight our paper on Zero-CPU Collection with Direct Telemetry Access (arxiv version here), but really I want to highlight the talk by graduate student Jonatan Langlet (Queen Mary University of London) who, as is the nature of graduate students, did all of the real work, and who really did a great job on the talk (direct link).  If you guessed from my involvement this involves hashing in some way, your maximum likelihood estimate turns out to be correct.

I think our work fits the HotNets call, which asks for new approaches and preliminary work.  Specifically, the call for the HotNets workshop says this:

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short position papers. We encourage papers that identify fundamental open questions, advocate a new approach, offer a constructive critique of the state of networking research, re-frame or debunk existing work, report unexpected early results from a deployment, report on promising but unproven ideas, or propose new evaluation methods. Novel ideas need not be supported by full evaluations; well-reasoned arguments or preliminary evaluations can support the possibility of the paper’s claims.

We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues (SIGCOMM, NSDI, CoNEXT, SOSP, OSDI, MobiCom, MobiSys, etc.), rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over “conference papers in miniature”.

There are similar other "Hot" workshops in other areas, and it was about 14 years ago that I asked whether CS theory should have a HotTheory workshop.  There's been a proliferation of new conferences and workshops in theory since then, but none of them really seem to have this flavor.  So maybe it's worth asking again whether a HotTheory workshop would make sense?  Or do existing theory events meet the theory community needs?

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