Although many of these innovations reside in cryptographic research and developments, at first blockchains are distributed systems. The underlying infrastructure is blindly leveraged by blockchains, whereas this arises serious concerns in terms of scalability, quality-of-service, security, and fault tolerance. Indeed, monitoring and configuring such a distributed system without or with a loosely control is naturally difficult. Also, a full understanding and prediction of expected performance before a real deployment at large scale is vital from a technical and business operations perspective.
Furthermore, a blockchain also serves as a potential candidate to ease network and service management. Indeed, many services over the Internet rely on pre-established trust among entities, which is hard to maintain at a large scale and which is, thus, the sources of many malfunctioning or targets of attacks. Among them are naming services, distributed cloud management, resource sharing, PKI management, or distributed policy management and accountability within a softwarized network architecture.
Man2Block 2019 is a dedicated venue for bringing together students, researchers, and practitioners from academia and industry, who share common interests in the management and the use of blockchains and smart contracts in networks, systems, service operations, and management. . Theoretical approaches, practical experimentations and papers highlighting future trends and challenges are welcomed.
Important dates and submission
Notification to authors: January 25, 2019
Camera ready: February 8, 2019
Workshop date: April 12, 2019
The 2nd edition of Man2Block will be co-located with IFIP/IEEE IM 2019 in Washington DC, USA.