February 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter

February 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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Contents
THE JANUARY 2019 ISSUE of CCR
ACM SenSys 2020 Call for Hosting Proposals
SIGCOMM 2019 Workshop on the Evolution, performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ 2019)
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THE JANUARY 2019 ISSUE of CCR
2019 is a special year for SIGCOMM as your SIG will celebrate its 50th birthday at SIGCOMM’19 in August. During the last half century, the networking field has evolved a lot and SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR) contributed to this evolution by timely disseminating technical papers. CCR will celebrate SIGCOMM’s birthday with a special issue that will contain editorial notes that reflect on both the past and the future of your SIG. This special issue will be published in October 2019. Its detailed content is still being worked on, but we expect that you will find lots of interesting information in this issue. If you plan to submit papers to CCR, please note that the October 2019 issue will not publish any new technical paper. All the papers submitted between March 1st, 2019 and September 1st, 2019 will be considered for the January 2020 issue.
 
This January 2019 issue contains one technical paper and four editorial notes. In “Parametrized Complexity of Virtual Network Embeddings: Dynamic & Linear Programming Approximations”, Matthias Rost et al. analyse the problem of mapping a virtual network on a physical one. They propose both theoretical experimental results.
 
The first two editorial notes are position papers addressing different technical topics. In “Network Telemetry: Towards A Top-Down Approach”, Minlan Yu argues that we should view network telemetry from a different angle. Instead of using a bottom-up approach that relies on passively collecting data from various devices and then inferring the target network-wide information, she suggests a top-down approach and envisions the possibility of providing high- level declarative abstractions that would enable operators to define specific measurement queries. This editorial note could be of interest for many Internet measurement researchers.
 
In “Thoughts on Load Distribution and the Role of Programmable Switches”, James McCauley and his colleagues take a step back at some usages of programmable network switches. More precisely, they wonder which type of functionality should be migrated to switches and which functionality should not. This is a very interesting question that should be answered when writing the motivation for many papers on programmable switches.
 
The two other editorial notes were prepared at a recent Dagstuhl seminar that focused on the reproducibility of network research. In “The Dagstuhl Beginners Guide to Reproducibility for Experimental Networking Research”, Vaibhav Bajpai and his eight co-authors have assembled a very interesting and very useful guide filled with hints and recommendations for young researchers who begin to experiment with networks. This article will probably soon become a must read in many graduate schools. During the same seminar, another group of researchers lead by Alberto Dainotti brainstormed about our x pages two column papers. This format was interesting when articles were disseminated on real paper. Today, thirty years after the invention of the web, there are many other possibilities to disseminate scientific information. Many of these techniques are more collaborative and open than putting pdf files on web servers. “Open Collaborative Hyperpapers: A Call to Action” encourages the measurements community to collaborate on the preparation of hyperpapers. This editorial note explains the motivations for these hyperpapers and discusses some solvable technical challenges. An interesting point about this approach is that it could encourage both a faster dissemination of research results and a truly open model that encourages authors to collaborate. While brainstorming about the 50th birthday issue of SIGCOMM, we had an interesting teleconference with Vint Cerf who reminded us of the role that SIGCOMM Computer Communication played in allowing a fast dissemination of recent research results. He compared CCR with publications such as the Journal of the ACM that had much longer publication delays.
 
The hyperpapers in the last editorial note of this issue could be a modern way of disseminating important research results. I would love to see researchers collaborating on hyperpapers in the coming months and submitting their work to CCR. Such a submission would violate the CCR submission guidelines that still assume that authors provide pdf files. If such an hyperpaper gets submitted to CCR, we will find a suitable reviewing process within the CCR Editorial board.

 

ACM SenSys 2020 Call for Hosting Proposals
 
On behalf of the ACM SenSys Steering Committee, please find below the ACM SenSys 2020 Call for Hosting Proposals
 
The Steering Committee of ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys, http://sensys.acm.org/) calls for proposals on hosting the 2020 edition of the conference. SenSys is a highly selective, single-track forum for the presentation of research results on sensing systems, broadly defined. In addition to the core technical program, the conference also features poster and demo sessions, workshops, and a PhD forum. It typically draws ~200 attendees from universities, industrial, and government organizations around the world.
The proposals will be considered in two phases. First, we call for pre-proposals that include:
- Proposed city information, including local natural and cultural attractions.
- A short description of local research and education communities related to SenSys.
- Expected weather and transportation conditions around early November.
- Type of conference facility in mind: university campus vs hotels.
- Key organizers, such as General Chair and Local Arrangement Chair, and their experience organizing similar events.
- Any additional information that may help the steering committee to make decisions.
 
For entries that generate enough interests, the steering committee will further solicit full proposals that provide additional information, such as:
- Possible facility setting, especially space arrangements for main program, demos and posters, and workshops.
- Attendee cost estimate, such as hotel rate and transportation options.
- Social functions, such as reception and banquet options.
- Potential financial supports or risks. There is no geographical preference on locations.
 
Proposals from all regions are encouraged to submit. Key dates:
- Deadline for pre-proposals: April 1, 2019.
- Notification for full proposal requests: April 29, 2019
- Deadline for full proposals: May 31, 2019
- Location announcement: business meeting at SenSys 2019
 Please send pre-proposals to niki.trigoni@gmail.com
 

Call for Papers, Posters & Demos for the ACM SIGCOMM 2019 Workshop on the Evolution, performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ 2019)
The transport protocol QUIC has emerged from a proprietary effort undertaken by Google to a next generation transport protocol being standardized in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). While its original motivation and design was to support next-generation Web traffic using HTTP/3, embedding QUIC into the Internet architecture raises exciting challenges beyond the necessary engineering efforts. Google QUIC has seen deployment and motivated research papers measuring, extending, and evaluating QUIC from various perspectives.
 
The ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on the Evolution, Performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ) seeks to foster this emerging community. We invite researchers from academia and industry as well as engineers to explore novel ideas and future directions of QUIC and its interaction with applications and networks. This is the second instance of EPIQ, following its debut at ACM CoNEXT 2018. EPIQ solicits two types of submissions for presentation and discussion at the workshop: academic papers and posters & demos.
 
The paper submission deadline for all types of submissions is April 15, 2019 (hard). Please see http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/workshop-epiq.html for details.

 
SIGCOMM CARES
 
Discrimination and harassment are not to be tolerated within the SIGCOMM community. The SIGCOMM CARES – SIGCOMM Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and haraSsment policy violations is a step forward to prevent and address any form of unacceptable behavior at events associated with the SIG.
 
We recognize that reporting discrimination and harassment to a person in authority, e.g., conference chairs, SIG officers, or ACM staff, can be intimidating, especially in the face of an already traumatic experience.  CARES committee members can serve as an alternative and are also intended as a source of advice on how to approach such a situation and ensure it is investigated by ACM. Committee members are available to listen and help anyone who has either experienced or witnessed discrimination and harassment at any event promoted by the SIG, or needs counseling on how to handle it. Committee members will seek to be present in as many SIG events as possible, starting in 2019 with a presence at SIGCOMM, CoNEXT, IMC, and HotNets.  When attending an event in their capacity as CARES members, individuals will wear a badge that clearly identifies them as such. They can also be contacted online to facilitate and schedule initial discussions. The 2019 committee members are, in alphabetical order, Sujata Banerjee, Marinho Barcellos (co-chair), Craig Partridge, Jennifer Rexford, Justine Sherry, and Ellen Zegura (co-chair).
 

Call for Abstracts Latin American Student Workshop on Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2019)
 
The Latin American Student Workshop on Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2019) solicits stimulating and original ideas in all aspects of networking research, reflecting the ongoing research efforts of postgraduate students and junior faculty members in the form of 2-page extended abstracts.
 
We encourage submissions about research at an early stage as well as more advanced dissertation-level research. Accepted presentations will not be published as proceedings, so postgraduate students can submit already accepted/published dissertation-level results and conversely results presented at the workshop can subsequently be submitted, in more complete form, for publication in a full-fledged conference or journal. Research addressing non-standard topics, controversial problems and approaches are of particular interest.
The scope of the workshop is broad and covers all aspects of networking research.. 
 
To prepare the extended abstract, please follow the ACM SIGCOMM formatting guidelines (LaTeX template for ACM conference proceedings), except for the following two differences:

  1. papers are limited to TWO (2) pages only, plus references. Note that the two-page limit includes ALL figures, tables but does not include references (add as many as needed);
  2. Please provide only author names and affiliations; it is not necessary to add PAPER ID and number of pages. Submissions must not be anonymous.

Travel grants will be available to students and postdocs attending LANCOMM 2019. This support, provided by SIGCOMM, will assist a substantial number of attendees by covering their transport and accommodation costs. The request must be made together with the submission of the extended abstract. 
 
More information at http://sbrc2019.sbc.org.br/en/lancomm-student-workshop-2019/

 

Nominations for the SIGCOMM lifetime award, SIGCOMM networking systems award, and SIGCOMM Test of Time award are due by March 31st 2019
 
For guidelines on the nomination process please see:
 
SIGCOMM award for lifetime contributions: https://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations
SIGCOMM Networking Systems award: https://www.sigcomm.org/content/sigcomm-networking-systems-award-guidelines
SIGCOMM Test of Time award: please send your nomination to the SIGCOMM awards chair found at http://www.sigcomm.org/about/people/