PAMS 2014

The 4th International Workshop on
Protocols and Applications with Multi-Homing Support
(PAMS 2014)

In conjunction with the
28th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA)

May 16, 2014, Victoria/Canada

The 4th International Workshop on Protocols and Applications with Multi-Homing Support (PAMS 2014)


Network transport protocols such as TCP/IP have been designed under the assumption that an endpoint is connected to a single network and is addressed by only one Network Layer address. But today, with the popularity of resilience-critical applications, such as e-commerce, e-health and emergency services, there is more and more interest in having multi-homed endpoints, where systems are connected to multiple networks and are therewith able to support the necessary resilience. The management of multi-homing creates challenges for applications and underlying protocols as well. For the best application performance, multiple approaches, situated on different protocol layers, should work cooperatively.

Multi-homed Transport Layer protocols such as SCTP are available for quite some time. However, in the last period, and with the recent progress by the IETF related with Multi-Path TCP (MPTCP), which adds multi-homing functionalities to the standard TCP protocol, multi-homed Transport Layer protocols have become a hot research topic. In addition to it, multiple large research projects are working on approaches on the Session Layer (e.g. HIP) and Network Layer (e.g. LISP, ILNP) and are dealing with similar issues. Furthermore, multi-homing is an interesting topic for interconnection networks (e.g. Infiniband). Here, it has to be mentioned that Cross-Layer Optimization in this field may lead to further improvements.

The intent of our workshop is to bring people from research and industry together in order to provide a discussion forum for state-of-the-art topics related with multi-homing on Data Link, Network, Transport, Session and Application Layers. The workshop will include full-paper sessions as well as a poster session (with short presentations) to introduce preliminary ideas as well as work in progress.

Call for Papers


The main topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • Network Resilience by Multi-Homing
  • Network Architectures for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Performance Evaluation of Multi-Homed Systems
  • Deployment of Multi-Homed Protocols in Existing Networks with Middleboxes
  • Design and Implementation of Multi-Homed Systems
  • Testbeds for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Load Sharing and Load Balancing for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Mobility for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Protocols with Multi-Homing Support
  • Congestion and Flow Control of Multi-Homed Systems
  • Quality of Service for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Multi-Homing for Interconnection Networks
  • Security of Multi-Homed Systems
  • Application Deployment and Support for Legacy Applications
  • Cross-Layer Optimization for Multi-Homed Systems
  • Multi-Homing in the Context of the Future Internet


Workshops proceedings will be published by IEEE CS Conference Publishing Service and will be included in the Digital Library.

Download of the Call for Papers

The Call for Papers as PDF file can be downloaded here.

Session Schedule

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Session W-PAMS-S1: «General Challenges and Mechanisms» – Room 5, 09:00-10:30

Session chair: Hakim Adhari

  • Welcome address by Thomas Dreibholz (general chair)
  • «Impact of Path Selection and Scheduling Policies on MPTCP Performance»
    by Behnaz Arzani, Alexander Gurney, Shuotian Cheng, Roch Guerin and Boon Thau Loo
  • «Out-of-Order Transmission for In-Order Arrival Scheduling Policy for Multipath TCP»
    by Fan Yang, Qi Wang and Paul Amer
  • «Measuring the QoS Characteristics of Operational 3G Mobile Broadband Networks»
    by Simone Ferlin-Oliveira, Thomas Dreibholz, Özgü Alay and Amund Kvalbein

Coffee break, 10:30-11:00

Session W-PAMS-S2: «Use-Case-Specific Mechanisms» – Room 5, 11:00-12:30

Session chair: Simone Ferlin-Oliveira

  • «Retransmission Timeout Estimation for Low-Delay Applications using Multipath RTP»
    by Ralf Globisch, Yago Sanchez, Thomas Schierl, Keith Ferguson and Thomas Wiegand
  • «LEDBAT-MP – On the Application of ”Lower-than-Best-Effort” for Concurrent Multipath Transfer»
    by Hakim Adhari, Sebastian Werner, Thomas Dreibholz and Erwin Paul Rathgeb
  • «Using Concurrent Multipath Transfer to Improve the SCTP Startup Behavior for PSTN Signaling Traffic»
    by Karl-Johan Grinnemo, Anna Brunström and Jun Cheng
  • Closing address by Thomas Dreibholz (general chair)

Lunch, 12:30-13:30

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013 (extended)
  • Author Notification: December 28, 2013
  • Author Registration: February 21, 2014
  • Camera-Ready Paper Submission: February 21, 2014
  • Submission of Presenter Information: March 3, 2014
  • Workshop: Friday, May 16 from 09:00 to 12:30


General Chairs

  • Thomas Dreibholz, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Hakim Adhari, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Publicity Chairs

  • Glenford Mapp, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Xing Zhou, Hainan University, China

Program Committee

  • Hakim Adhari, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Nicola Altan, ista International, Germany
  • Paul Amer, University of Delaware, U.S.A.
  • İlknur Aydın, Farmingdale State College, U.S.A.
  • Martin Becke, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Anna Brunström, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Łukasz Budzisz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Ahmed Elmokashfi, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Kristian Evensen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Simone Ferlin, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Ernst Gunnar Gran, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Michio Honda, Keio University, Japan
  • Seok Joo Koh, Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  • Amund Kvalbein, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Glenford Mapp, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Michael Menth, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Preethi Natarajan, Cisco, U.S.A.
  • Brad Penoff, Google, U.S.A.
  • Esbold Unurkhaan, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Mongolia
  • Thomas Volkert, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
  • Alan Wagner, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Michael Welzl, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Xing Zhou, Hainan University, China