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Recent News

  • April 26, 2017

    For the first time, the Internet Measurement Conference includes a shadow PC program. Authors can opt-in to make their papers available to shadow PC reviewers and benefit from extra reviews. This is a totally independent process and does not in any way influence the main TPC decisions. Young researchers, PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to apply for the Shado PC program. The details are available here:

  • October 7, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for last month, with slight delay:

    1. Doctoral Dissertation Award Nominations Due November 30, 2016
    2. DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions workshop
    3. Symposium on SDN Research 2016
    4. The updated ACM SIGCOMM Anti-Harassment Policy


    1. The SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer networking and data communication. The winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the SIGCOMM conference. The award winner will receive a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium, and a complimentary registration to the following year’s ACM SIGCOMM Conference.  The runners-up each will receive a plaque.  Nominations are due by November 30, 2016.  See the URL below for more details.

    2.DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions (DINR) is a workshop to discuss the research landscape around DNS and Internet naming---what are the important problems and the tools you need to get there. The workshop takes place at USC/ISI in Marina del Rey
    on 2016-11-17 (the day after IMC). The format will be short talks and discussion.
    Abstracts are due October 3, 2016.
    Co-chairs: John Heidemann (USC/ISI), David Dagon (Georgia Tech), and Mark Allman (ICSI).

    3. The Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. This year, SOSR will be co-located with the Open Networking Summit (ONS), providing greater opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2017/cfp.html

    Important Dates:
    Paper registration (with abstract): October 28, 2016 (5pm US Pacific Time)
    Paper submission: November 4, 2016 (5pm US Pacific Time)
    Notification: January 13, 2017
    Camera-ready due: March 1, 2017
    Conference: April 3-4, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA

    4. The updated ACM SIGCOMM anti-harassment policy is now available on:

    That’s all for now!


  • July 24, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
    1. Jim Kurose is the 2016 SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
    2. July issue of CCR
    3. Community feedback session at SIGCOMM 2016

    1. Jim Kurose has been awarded the 2016 SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award for his sustained excellence in networking research, education, mentoring, and service to the SIGCOMM community.

    Jim will deliver the keynote talk at SIGCOMM 2016. The program for the conference is now online:

    2. Note that the last print edition of CCR was in April 2016. The new, online CCR is now available through a dedicated website : https://ccronline.sigcomm.org

    We will add new features on the website to encourage interactions among the entire community. Ideas and suggestions on how to improve the website are more than welcome. Please contact Olivier Bonaventure by email at ccr-editor@sigcomm.org

    This issue contains a wide range of articles. Four peer-reviewed articles have been accepted. In addition to the peer-reviewed technical papers, this issue contains a record number of editorial papers. In his student mentoring column, Aditya Akella discusses the different between journal and conference papers, different types of jobs and conference talks. In the industrial column, Nandita Dukkipati and her colleagues discuss the deployment of new congestion control schemes in datacenters and on the Internet based on their experience at a large cloud provider.

    3. If you have any questions you would like to raise at the community feedback session, but won’t be able to attend in person, please send them by email to the SIG Chair, S. Keshav at keshav@uwaterloo.ca

    That’s all for now!

  • June 25, 2016

    The winner of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award is Mosharaf Chowdhury.  Here is the citation:
    Chowdhury’s dissertation provides novel and application-aware networking abstractions which significantly improve the performance of networked applications running in the cloud.
    The committee for the Dissertation Award: Ratul Mahajan, Dina Papagiannaki, Laurent Vanbever (chair), and Minlan Yu.
    Congratulations, Mosharaf!

  • June 9, 2016

    Committee: Ratul Mahajan,  Dina Papagiannaki,  Jennifer Rexford, Vyas Sekar


    Award Papers:


    Link-level measurements from an 802.11b mesh network

    Daniel Aguayo, John Bicket, Sanjit Biswas, Glenn Judd, Robert Morris 

    Published in SIGCOMM 2004. 


    This paper was one of the first attempts to bring a “systems approach” to wireless networking and in particular provides key lessons from one of the first real operational deployments of wireless mesh networks. The impact of this work was in spawning new directions in wireless network research and in significantly raising the bar for research and evaluation in this domain by bringing to the fore real-world complexities of wireless signal propagation. 


    A first-principles approach to understanding the Internet's router-level topology 

    Lun Li, David Alderson, Walter Willinger, John Doyle

    SIGCOMM 2004.


    This paper questioned the prevailing work on scale-free graph structure for network topologies that incorrectly speculated an “Achilles’ heel” for the Internet, and instead provided a methodologically sound basis to explain the observed structure of Internet topologies. The impact of the paper was in bringing a greater degree of rigor in network topology research and evaluation, and in informing the community of potential pitfalls in using black-box network models without a clear understanding of underlying structural effects in network design. 


    The award papers were selected by a committee of Vyas Sekar (CMU, chair), Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research), Dina Papagiannaki (Telefonica), and Jennifer Rexford (Princeton). Papers co-authored by the committee members were excluded from consideration. All remaining papers in SIGCOMM sponsored conferences from 2004 to 2006 (SIGCOMM, CCR, IMC, CoNEXT, SenSys, and ANCS) were candidates for selection.

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