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APRICOT 2008: Call for Papers

  • From: Gaurab Raj Upadhaya
  • Date: Sun Jul 01 23:54:13 2007

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT)
Taipei, Taiwan 20 - 29 February 2008

Call for Papers

The APRICOT 2008 Program Committee is now seeking contributions to the program. This is the main call for Presentations & Tutorials for APRICOT 2008, so that we can finalize the program. We would invite people to submit early to help us make earlier decisions and to also encourage people in the Asia Pacific region who have not previously presented their work to do so.

We are looking for people and proposals that would :

	* Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic; and/or
	* Participate in the technical conference sessions as  a speaker; and/or
	* Convene and chair a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session.

Please submit online at


Call for Papers Opens:              1 July   2007
Deadline for Speaker Submissions:  30 September  2007
First Draft Program Published:     15 October 2007
Final Program Published:           15 January  2008


APRICOT 2008 will be arranged into five operational streams, each of which will contain a number of conference tracks and related tutorials. This streamed approach is designed to foster operational communities within the Asia Pacific region. Each stream will take place in the same area providing opportunity for people do further discuss and network with peers.

Streams for APRICOT 2008 are:

1. Service Provider Operations : Routing and Access
IPv4 and IPv6 Routing, APNIC Routing and IPv6 Technical SIG, MPLS, Backbone operations, Wireless, WiMax, Metro Ethernet, DSL, Broadband access aggregation.

2. Services Operations
DNS, VOIP, ENUM, IDN, IDC, content and other services, APNIC DNS SIG, Gaming, Multicast and video delivery

3.  Security Operations
NSP-Sec, DDoS, Security Operations, Anti-SPAM, Anti-Malware.

4.  Internet Provider Relationships
IXP Operations, Peering, APNIC IX SIG.

5.	APNIC Stream
APNIC's NIR, Database, and Policy SIGs.

TUTORIALS ----------

Tutorials are half or full-day workshops which focus on a particular subject in-depth. Half day will be presented by a single Instructor, or a Full day tutorial may be presented by a team of two instructors working together. Tutorial Instructors are encouraged to also sign up to be a Speaker in the Technical Conference Program as well. You can sign up to give a tutorial and/or conference session presentation by following the instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or instructor.

Tutorial topics which have successful in the past, or have been requested for this year are:

- Network security, IPSec, Auditing/Forensics, DDoS Mitigation, VoIP Security
- Address planning, conservation, responsibility and migration to IPv6
- High performance IP backbone routing and management
- BGP MultiHoming
- IPv6 implementation
- Network planning, management and traffic engineering
- Internet exchanges, construction, peering and collocation
- Operations, NOC, Helpdesk and other support aspects
- BIND, DNSSEC, Split Horizon DNS, and Reverse and multilingual DNS
- Broadband first/last mile access technologies
- Mobile and wireless technologies
- Content, Applications, streaming and multimedia infrastructure
- VoIP, Unified messaging, scaling e-mail infrastructure, Asterisk, etc.
- Hosted Essential Services (mail, DNS, etc), Server scaling, Open source

The program committee will consider proposals for tutorials in any of these areas, and also in new areas. There will be two days of Tutorials. Tutorials last 1/2 day or a full day and can cater to beginner through to advanced audiences. Tutorial days are typically split into four 1.5 hour sessions.

If you have an idea for a tutorial subject that is not listed, please feel free to submit it to us.

TECHNICAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS -----------------------------

The Main Conference Program for 2008 will be made up of two days, with three streams each day. In addition there will be a colocated meetings of the Asian Broadband Summit and the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force. The Asia Pacific Top Level Domain (APTLD) will also hold their members meetings during APRICOT.

Each stream will consist of four 1.5 hour sessions, with each having three or four presentations. This allows 20-30mins per presenter. Presentation longer then 25 minutes should be submitted as tutorials.

Sessions are chaired by persons of appropriate expertise in the subject matter of the session and will include ample time for questions from the audience. Successful presentations from past APRICOTs have covered topics relevant to current operational deployments or new technologies not yet in wide deployment.

Proposals for conference presentations are invited for topics fitting into the six streams outlined above. If you would like to give a presentation at one or more of the sessions, follow the instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or instructor.

PEERING ----------

If you are an ISP or Content Provider that can share some experiences peering in Asia and abroad, please consider contributing an abstract for the Peering track in the Inter Provider Relationship stream. Given that this track has been highly popular, with enough support this will evolve into the Asian version of the Global Peering Forum.

For this section the chair is looking for
* Experiences building a peering presence into and throughout Asia
* Interesting or unexpected traffic patterns
* Ideas on what will help increase peering in Asia
* Lessons learned deploying and operating peering infrastructure

In sum, what would others benefit from knowing in advance as they follow in your footsteps. If you have some operations experiences to share, please submit it online following the procedure outlined below. Alternatively, send a note to [email protected] with the subject: "APRICOT 2008 Peering Track Idea".

LIGHTNING TALKS ----------------

After the successful introductions of Lightning talks at APRICOT 2007, we will continue with it. Call for papers for Lightning talks will be made during APRICOT, and will be limited to participants of the conference.

CFP SUBMISSION --------------

When considering a presentation or tutorial, remember that the APRICOT audience is mainly comprised of technical network operators and engineers with a wide range of experience levels from beginners to multi-year experience. There is a strong orientation to offer core skills and basic knowledge in the tutorials and to address issues relevant to the day-to-day operations of ISPs and network operators over the next 12 - 18 months in the conference sessions.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September, 2007.

Draft slides for both tutorials and conference sessions MUST be provided with CfP submissions. Final slides are to be provided by 15 January, 2008.

While the majority of speaking slots will be submitted by 30 September 2007, a limited number of slots may be available for presentations that are exceptionally timely, important, or of critical operational importance.

Please submit online at


APRICOT is a TECHNICAL conference so marketing and commercial content is not allowed within the program. The program committee is charged with maintaining the technical standard of APRICOT, and will therefore not accept inappropriate materials. It is expected that the presenter be a technical person and not a sales or marketing person. The audience is extremely technical and expects that the speakers are themselves very knowledgeable. All sessions provide time for questions, so presenters should expect technical questions and be prepared to deliver insightful and technically deep responses.

FUNDING AND SUPPORT -------------------

'APRICOT is a not-for-profit event that tries to keep the cost to attendees low so we are unable to pay the travel costs of speakers. Speakers from developing countries may be eligible for the APRICOT Fellowship Program which provides basic assistance to successful fellows to cover local living and registration expenses associated with attending the conference.'

More information on the APRICOT Fellowship program can be found at the APRICOT 2008 website at

Accepted tutorial speakers will receive complimentary registration to both the tutorials and conference.

SUBMISSION DETAILS ------------------

If you would like to be considered as a tutorial instructor, session
speaker, or a convener of a BOF, please fill in the form at

More information on the conference is available at


APRICOT Program Committee