SIGCOMM had a fine year.
The SIGCOMM conference continues to be an outstanding conference. We continue to be innundated with submissions and our acceptance rate now hovers at about 10% (which is a mixed-blessing). The conference is now listed by CiteSeer as the ACM publication with the highest impact rating (which measures the average number of citations per paper). Our student travel grant program continues to fund a large number of students to attend the conference and the addition of a poster session was very popular in 2001. Looking forward to 2002, the conference continued to attract a large number of outstanding submissions. Furthermore, half of the accepted papers had a student as first author -- a good sign, at least to my mind, of the openness of the conference to new ideas from new people in the field.
The annual SIGCOMM Award was given out for the 12th year. The recipient in 2001 was Van Jacobson.
The SIG has been expanding its suite of conferences and workshops over the past few years with tremendous success.
SIGCOMM held a new workshop in the fall of 2001: the Internet Measurement Workshop. The workshop was a success. Attendence was limited to about 75 and more people wanted to attend than we could accomodate. The workshop proceedings, published as an addition to the SIG newsletter, were well received.
In addition, SIGCOMM created a new workshop, called HOT Networks, to be held in the fall of 2002. That workshop also appears to be doing well, It had a stunning 127 submissions by the submission deadline this spring.
We are currently in discussions with IFIP to hold a follow up workshop to our successful Latin American Data Communications workshop held in the spring of 2001. We expect to hold the workshop again in 2003.
The issues for the SIG (in rough order of priority) going forward are:
The SIG remains financially sound and in no immediate danger. However, attention to the budget has become more important.