SIGCOMM News

  • June 13, 2017

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    This will be my final newsletter as the SIGCOMM Information Services Director. It has been a pleasure to serve the outgoing EC and the SIGCOMM community over the last four years. I wish the best for the new EC (see item 1) in promoting diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, and scientific excellence, during their term serving the SIGCOMM family.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SIGCOMM EC Election Results
    2. Raj Jain is the winner of SIGCOMM Award 2017
    3. HotNets 2017 position papers
    4. Tribute to Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan
    5. Networking Technology & Systems Early-Career Investigators (NeTS-ECI) Workshop
    6. Call for Nominations: Editor-in-Chief, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks
     
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    1. The elections are over, and the results are out… (roll the drums).....Congratulations to the new EC members: Roch Guerin (chair), Aditya Akella (vice-chair), and Lars Eggert (secretary-treasurer). Their term starts July 1, 2017.
     
    2. Congratulations to Raj Jain for winning the 2017 SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contribution. The award to Raj is For life-long contributions to computer networking including traffic management, congestion control, and performance analysis.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-awards

     
    3. The PC chairs would like to call your attention to a renewed emphasis in HotNets 2017 on publishing *position* papers that will catalyze reflection and discussion within the networking research community. We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from  community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues, rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over  "conference papers in miniature." For the full CFP, please see:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2017/cfp.html

     
    4. We are sad to report the passing away of longtime ACM SIGCOMM member and enthusiastic volunteer, Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan on May 23 after a lengthy and disabling illness. She had been a faculty member in the Computer Sciences department at the University of Texas, Austin, for more than two decades and helped organize the SIGCOMM conference at Austin in 1989. Her obituary can be found here: http://wcfish.tributes.com/obituary/read/Chris-Edmondson-Yurkanan-104821831

     
    Importantly, one of her main passions was Internet (and SIGCOMM) history: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e842/1d62b47d568e11dc6893f7f5603fd99d6a4c.pdf

     
     
    5. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Networking Technology and Systems Early-Career Investigators (NeTS-ECI) Workshop aims to develop the early-career NeTS research community to address emerging challenges and pursue promising research opportunities in the domain of computer and information networking. NeTS-ECI provides an opportunity for early-career researchers (see below for eligibility) to engage in discussions with peers to share perspectives and explore new research frontiers.  Each workshop participant will also have an opportunity to showcase his/her research interests, build a collaborator network, kick-start collaborations, and benefit from professional development activities such as presentations on the NSF merit review process and elements of successful NSF proposals.
    Eligibility:  The workshop is by invitation only.  We invite research statement summaries (similar to a NSF proposal summary) from  US-based senior graduate students (who are within 1 year from the completion of their Ph.D. degrees) and early-career Ph.D. graduates (who received their Ph.D. degrees within the last 3 years). See submission instructions here:
    https://sites.google.com/view/netsearlycareer2017

     
    6. The term of the current Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) is coming to an end, and the ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the next EiC. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term as TOSN EiC, beginning on September 1st, 2017. The EiC appointment may be renewed at most one time. This is an entirely voluntary position, but ACM will provide appropriate administrative support.  
     
    The EiC is responsible for maintaining the highest editorial quality, for setting technical direction of the papers published in TOSN, and for maintaining a reasonable pipeline of articles for publication. He/she has final say on acceptance of papers, size of the Editorial Board, and appointment of Associate Editors. The EiC is expected to adhere to the commitments expressed in the policy on Rights and Responsibilities in ACM Publishing. For more information about the role of the EiC, see ACM's Evaluation Criteria for Editors-in-Chief.
     
    Nominations should include a vita along with a brief statement of why the nominee should be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged, and should include a statement of the candidate’s vision for the future development of TOSN. The deadline for submitting nominations is August 11th, 2017, although nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please send all nominations to the nominating committee chair, Jie Liu (jie.liu@microsoft.com).   
     
    That’s all for now!
     
    CFPs for Upcoming SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/sponsored

     
    CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/cooperation

     
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    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

     

  • 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:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2017/calls/shadow/

  • October 7, 2016

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

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    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.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/content/doctoral-dissertation-award-nominations

    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).
     
    https://ant.isi.edu/events/dinr2016/

    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:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/content/acm-sigcomm-anti-harassment-policy

    That’s all for now!

     

  • July 24, 2016

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

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    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:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/

    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.

  • May 31, 2016

    June 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SIGCOMM 2016 early registration deadline and the hotel room block expiration dates
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 Test of Time Awards
    3. SIGCOMM Rising star nominations
    4. 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award
    5. N2Women SIGCOMM Travel Grant
     
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    1. The SIGCOMM conference will be held in Florianopolis, Brazil in two months’ time. The deadline for booking a hotel room at discounted rates has been extended to July 20th. Please note the early registration deadline is July 14th, 11:59pm CDT). See the website for details:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/index.php
     
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 Test of Time Awards Papers are:
     
    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.
     
    3. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. A nominee must be 35 years of age or younger as of December 31 of the year in which the award would be made.
     
    Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by July 15, 2016, 11:59pm EDT.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award
     
    4. 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!
     
    5. New this year, we are starting an N2Women Travel Grant for young researchers to participate in the N2Women event and attend Sigcomm.
     
    SIGCOMM'16 is experimenting a new format for the N2Women event at SIGCOMM. The event will be held over a dinner for a longer duration compared to typical lunches, and will be conducted a day before the conference. As part of the event, we are providing travel awards for up to five under-represented graduate students who can attend both the N2women event and SIGCOMM, sponposed by the National Science Foundation (this travel grant is contingent about receiving the NSF funds in time).
     
    To apply for the travel award, please follow the link at: https://goo.gl/JTVGGa

     
    That’s all for now!

  • April 30, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. Spring School of Networks SSN'16 in Chile
    2. Jennifer Rexford is the recipient of the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award
    3. SIGCOMM CCR April issue is now online
    4. CCR online
    5. NetPL 2016 Travel grants
    6. SIGCOMM 2016 news
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    1. The Spring School of Networks (SSN'16), organized by NIC Labs (University of Chile) with the support of ACM SIGCOMM will be held November 21 and 22 2016 in Santiago, Chile. In its second edition, this year’s SSN focuses on the topic of resiliency. The SSN invites students and professionals to participate in the talks, tutorials, poster session, and mentoring led by recognized professionals and academics of the areas of computer networks and the Internet. Note, however, that the school's talks and sessions will be in Spanish.
     
    The SSN is oriented to PhD and Master students, as well as upper-level undergraduate students and junior researchers working on the areas of computer networking, communications, and telematics. We are soliciting original contributions to be presented during the school in the form of a poster. Submissions are limited to 6 pages. Papers should be in Spanish, but with the title and abstract in English. The submission deedline is July 1st, 2016. More information is available at http://www.niclabs.cl/ssn/2016/.
     
    2. We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 recipient of the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award is Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University.  Professor Rexford, a past Chair of ACM SIGCOMM and very active in the community, is being recognized “for innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs), and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks.” The award will be presented at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco on June 11th.
     
    Additional information and the link to the press release are available at:   http://www.acm.org/awards/2016-athena
     
    Congratulations, Jennifer!
     
    3. SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review (CCR) April Issue is now online. http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/
     
    Note that the submission site for CCR has changed. It is now hosted on https://sigcomm-ccr.hotcrp.com
    Please update your bookmarks. The next deadline for technical papers is June 1st, 2016.
     
    4. SIGCOMM CCR will become an entirely online publication starting with the July issue. Our plan is to host SIGCOMM CCR on a Wordpress instance to benefit from all the features brought by this platform. If you have experience in designing/selecting/customising Wordpress themes and have some time to help in this transition, please contact Olivier Bonaventure by email at ccr-editor@sigcomm.org
     
    5. The ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networking and Programming Languages (NetPL 2016, co-located with SIGCOMM 2016), has limited support for funding students to attend the workshop. Students who want to attend the NetPL workshop can apply for a grant through the SIGCOMM travel grants application.
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/netpl.php
     
    6. Please check out the News section of SIGCOMM 2016 website for information about deadlines, travel, and grants:  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/
    This includes
     
    - a list of accepted papers
    - visa information (please do not delay, check if you need one!)
    - mentoring information (submission open, on until 1-Aug)
    - registration information (registration starting this week, early until 15-Jul)
    - travel grants information available (submission will start this week and up to 8-Jun)
    - week schedule (time and dates of workshops, tutorials, social events)
    - detailed description of tutorials
    - preliminary information about topic preview session
    - news about poster & demo submissions: 118 submissions received!
     
    That’s all for now!

  • March 31, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Encryption, encryption, encryption! Government surveillance, cyber threats, personal data leaks, the Apple versus FBI case, and the recent announcement of WhatsApp providing end-to-end encryption have all hit the major media news headlines this month. Many of us in the networking research community face a variety of challenges in this space: from trying to mine encrypted network traffic for anomalies, to interacting with governments and hacktivists, to facing ethical dilemmas and challenges when performing experiments in-the-wild. Sadly, unlike selecting papers for the SIGCOMM conference, deep-learning will not be the mother-of-all-solutions to these challenges. Hence this year we also made sure that the SIGCOMM conference and the USENIX Security conference do not overlap, giving you just enough time in August to switch from your cowboy hats to havaianas and sunglasses.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. The MOOC "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction"   
    2. Featured ACM Member: Jennifer Rexford
    3. Conext 2016 CFP and CFW
    4. Call for industrial demos at SIGCOMM 2016
    5. Advice for Travellers to SIGCOMM 2016 in Florianópolis
    6. ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Stefan Savage, Innovator in Network Security Research
    7. SIGCOMM 2016 list of accepted tutorials
    8. Tristan Henderson joins the EC as the SIGCOMM Education Director
     
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    1. A free MOOC on "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction" will soon be held  at France Université Numérique. This MOOC is taught by SIGCOMM members Timur Friedman from UPMC and Renata Teixeira from Inria. It will be available from May, 23, to June, 19, 2016. Registrations are already open:
    https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/inria/41011/session01/about
     
    2. Ex-SIGCOMM Chair Professor Jennifer Rexford was featured in an interview in the online feature “People of ACM”. Read more about Professor Rexford’s research and contributions to the community here:
    http://www.acm.org/articles/people-of-acm/2016/jennifer-rexford
     
    3. The CoNEXT 2016 Call for Papers is now available at:
    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2016/#!/cfp
    Important Dates
    Paper Registration: June 10, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
    Paper Submission: June 17, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
     
    Please also consider submitting proposals for co-located workshops. The call for Workshops co-located with ACM CoNEXT 2016 is also available at:
    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2016/#!/cfw
    The workshop proposal deadline is April 29, 2016 and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 6, 2016.
     
    4. The deadline for submitting an industrial demo to Sigcomm 2016 is May 20th, 2016. The industrial demo session showcases demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications. The objective of this session is to bring together industry and academia around demos of innovative and cutting-edge networking products. Please pass this on to your friends in industry!
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/industrialdemos.php
     
    5. Up to date advice for travellers to SIGCOMM 2016, which has been moved to Florianópolis from Salvador, will soon be made available at:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/advisory.php
     
    6. ACM and the Infosys Foundation have named well-known SIG member Stefan Savage as the recipient of the 2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. He was cited for innovative research in network security, privacy and reliability that has taught us to view attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal and economic system. Stefan is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department's Systems and Networking Group at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. A Sloan Fellow and an ACM Fellow, he is also a recipient of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.
     
    The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes the finest recent innovations by young scientists and system developers in the computing field. ACM will present the award at its annual Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco, California.
     
    7. SIGCOMM 2016 will feature 5 interesting tutorials from academia and industry. Find the full list here:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/tutorials.php
     
    8. We are pleased to announce that Tristan Henderson has been appointed as the SIGCOMM Education Director. We will be sharing more news on Tristan’s plans in future newsletters.  EC watchers will note that Tristan takes the place of Olivier Bonaventure, who remains on the EC, but in his new role as Editor of CCR.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/about/people
     
    That’s all for now!

  • February 29, 2016

    March 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. ACM SIGCOMM 2016 is going to be relocated to Florianópolis (South of Brazil)  
    2. ACM open-access policy
     
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    1. ACM SIGCOMM 2016 is going to be relocated to Florianópolis (in the far south of Brazil) to minimize the risk of Zika virus infections. Updated travel information will be available soon at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/ Note that Florianopolis is quite far away from Salvador: about as far away as Toronto is from Miami, so the weather will be quite cool and there are likely to be no mosquitos around.
     
    2. All papers in SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences will be freely available via non-expiring links to the ACM Digital Library. Conference organisers will be able to create conference program pages will contain links to the DL that give access to the paper’s PDF without requiring a DL account. This has been true for the SIGCOMM conference in the past, and will be extended to all SIG-sponsored conferences with immediate effect.
     
    That’s all for now!

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