SIGCOMM is ACM's professional forum for discussing communications and computer networks.

SIGCOMM members include scientists, engineers, educators and students. They study all aspects of computer communications and networks: analysis, technical design, engineering, measurement and management. Our members are particularly interested in the systems engineering and architectural questions surrounding computer communication.

SIGCOMM supports a wide variety of activities in the field:

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Recent News

  • 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.

  • November 10, 2015

    The SIGCOMM Rising Star Award 2015 winner is Brighten Godfrey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The award to Brighten Godfrey is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career in network architecture. His work has brought a synergy of algorithmic and systems insights to make significant contributions in problems such as pathlet routing, data center architectures, and network verification. Congratulations, Brighten!

  • July 31, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    SIGCOMM 2015 is fast approaching! This year will introduce several new programs including student mentoring, and industrial demos (running for the second year), besides the usual workshops and poster sessions. The early registration deadline is July 15, only a few days away. The details of the program can be found at: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/ . Do plan to attend the community feedback session to share your concerns with other community members and to give your input to the EC!

    In other news, the EU recently released a somewhat convoluted draft proposal supporting net neutrality for an Open Internet, yet simultaneously supporting fast lanes. Read more on the controversy at:


    Here is the news for this month:


    1. SIGCOMM 2015 award

    2. New IEEE fellows/awards for SIGCOMM community members

    3. Workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM)

    4. News from the EC


    1. We are delighted to announce that SIGCOMM 2015 awardee is Albert Greenberg (Microsoft Research) for pioneering the theory and practice of operating carrier and datacenter networks. Congratulations, Albert!

    2. Congratulations to many members of our SIGCOMM community have who been elected as IEEE Fellows; to Kimberly Claffy and Vern Paxson for winning the IEEE Internet Award; and to Albert Greenberg who also won the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award.

    For the full list of announcements and awards see http://delivery.qmags.com/d/DefaultV1.aspx?pub=IEEEAwards&upid=19422&S=ML&fl=others%2fIEEEAWARDS%2fIEEEAwards_2015.pdf

    3. To increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are organizing a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM), scheduled for the Saturday in between the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) in Tokyo and the 94th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Yokohama.

    Submission deadline: Friday, August 7, 2015

    Notifications: Friday, August 28, 2015

    Workshop date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Details and submission instructions at https://irtf.org/raim-2015

    4. Some news from the EC

    • The EC has contracted with a meeting organiser called MeetGreen to help with the registration, budgeting, and planning process for SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences.

    • SIGCOMM 2015 talks will be recorded and made available online.

    • SIGCOMM 2016 preparation is on the way already, details at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/

    • We are requesting PC chairs of each conference to nominate one or two papers for CACM Research Highlights.

    That’s all for now!

  • June 15, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    Here is the news for this month:


    1. SIGCOMM 2015 registration now open

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 Child Care program

    3. Geo-diversity grants

    4. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    5. ACM ICN Call for Demos and Posters: Deadline June 26, 2015

    6. Nominations solicited for Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of the ACM


    1. Registration for SIGCOMM 2015 is now open at

    https://www.regonline.com/acmsigcomm2015 . Early registration ends on July 14th.

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 will offer a childcare program similar to last year’s. Please see the details at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/sigcommkiddie.php

    3. Geo-diversity grants now have more extensive coverage. See http://sigcomm.org/for-authors/geodiversity-travel-grants for details of the application process.

    4. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.  Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address. Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by August 15, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award


    5. The 2nd ACM ICN conference will take place in San Francisco this year. We are soliciting posters and demos intended to showcase work-in-progress research. Topics of interest include ICN design, implementation and evaluation, as well as others listed here. We strongly encourage student and industry submissions. Both demos and posters should be accompanied by a 2 page extended abstract, which will be published in the conference proceedings. Further details can be found at: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/acm-icn/2015/cfd.php


    6. The term of Victor Vianu, the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM (JACM), is coming to an end.  A search committee has been formed to identify candidates for the next Editor-in-Chief and to recommend the most suitable one to the ACM Publications Board. The position is for a term of three years, renewable once, starting on September 1, 2015.  The duties of ACM Editors-in-Chief are summarized in the ACM Volunteer Editors. Nominations should be sent by email to Joe Halpern (halpern@cs.cornell.edu).  The committee accepts self-nominations.  Nominations (whether of a colleague or oneself) should include a summary of the candidate's relevant research contributions and editorial qualifications. The committee will start evaluating candidates after July 1, 2015.

    That’s all for now!

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    CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences:






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