[AusNOG] APRICOT 2008: Call for Papers (fwd)

Elly Tawhai elly at apnic.net
Mon Jul 2 16:42:17 EST 2007

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies
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 finalise 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;
 	* 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 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
     - Address planning, conservation, responsibility and migration to
     - High performance IP backbone routing and management
     - BGP MultiHoming
     - MPLS
     - 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.


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.


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 bill.norton at gmail.com with the subject:
"APRICOT 2008 Peering Track Idea".


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


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,

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

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.


'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 http://www.apricot2008.net/

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


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

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