Although all these innovations reside in cryptographic research and developments, blockchain is firstly a distributed system which has their roots in P2P networking. Many entities contributes to the well functioning of the blockchain with different roles and without any pre-established trust among them. The underlying infrastructure is blindly leveraged by blockchain technologies whereas this arises serious concerns in terms of scalability, quality-of-service, security and fault tolerance. While P2P networks attracted attention of network and service management community, considering specific blockchain constraints and requirements, including those coming from both the consensus mechanism and the applications built on top of it, is mandatory to ensure a proper level of performance and security. Indeed, monitoring and configuring such a distributed system without or with a loosely control is naturally difficult. Even fully understanding and predicting expected performance before a real deployment at large scale is vital from a technical and business operations perspective.
Furthermore, blockchain is also a potential candidate to ease network and service management. Indeed, many services over Internet rely on pre-establish trust among entities which is hard to maintain at large scale and which are thus the sources of many malfunctioning or the targets of attacks. Among them, we can cite the naming services, the distributed cloud management, resource sharing, the PKI management, or even distributed policy management and accountability within a sofwtarized network architecture.
Man2Block 2018 is a dedicated venue for bringing together students, researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who share common interests in the management of the blockchain infrastructure and the use of blockchain in network, system, service operations and management. Theoretical approaches, practical experimentations and papers highlighting future trends and challenges are welcomed
Important dates and submission
Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2018
Camera ready: March 16, 2018
Workshop date: April 27, 2018
Man2Block will feature 5 full paper presentations, 5 poster presentations and a keynote of Prof. Angelos Stavrou from George Mason University (USA) and initiative Co-Chair of IEEE Blockchain Initiative. Check https://man2block.inria.fr/program/ for program details.
The submission deadline has been extended to January 26 but paper registration is mandatory by January 19.
The 1st edition of Man2Block will be colocated with IEEE/IFIP NOMS 2018 in Tapei, Tawain.