March 2021 SIGCOMM Newsletter



8th ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networks (ICN) 2021
(full CFP can be found at
ACM ICN 2021 (Sept. 22-24, 2021) is a single-track conference focusing on significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined, and featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations.  ICN deals with all aspects of an information- or data-centric approach toward supporting networked applications. Such an approach treats digital objects (i.e., collections of bits) as first-class objects, and supports identification, creation, retrieval, authentication, and access control for such objects through a global service.  ACM ICN 2021 solicits research contributions across the full spectrum of technologies and architectures related to ICN, including work that advances core ICN concepts, architectures, technologies, and capabilities; extends current ICN concepts to new networking environments and use cases; realizes, demonstrates, and quantifies the benefits of ICN in traditional and emerging application domains; and catalyzes, incentivizes, simplifies, and supports ICN deployments in realistic, operational environments and settings.
Paper registration:   7 May 2021
Paper submission: 14 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 20 July 2021
Camera-ready deadline: 20 August 2021

SIGCOMM 2021 Call for Posters, Demos, and Student Research Competition
(full CFP can be found at
The SIGCOMM poster/demo session showcases works-in-progress in an informal setting. Topics of interest are the same as research topics in the SIGCOMM conference call for papers. We strongly encourage student and industry submissions. The SIGCOMM 2021 poster/demo committee will review all posters and demo proposals. Students must (virtually) present student posters at the conference. In addition, the top few submissions may be forwarded for publication to the SIGCOMM newsletter, the Computer Communication Review (CCR). The SIGCOMM poster and demo sessions will also serve as an ACM SIGCOMM Student Research Competition. The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research before a panel of judges and attendees.

SIGCOMM 2021 Call for Tutorials and Hackathons
(full CFP can be found at
We seek to extend the SIGCOMM experience by tutorials on selected topics given by renowned scientists and practitioners in their fields. We therefore solicit proposals for full-day or half-day tutorials on topics relevant to the SIGCOMM community. We also solicit proposals to organize virtual hackathons co-located with SIGCOMM. Tutorials must cover advanced topics that fit the scope of SIGCOMM and are of current interest to the SIGCOMM community. Tutorials may be lectures, interactive workshops, hands-on training, or any combination of the above. Successful tutorials educate the community members on emerging methods, concepts, and tools to expand the research capabilities of the community. A hackathon is an intense goal-oriented team-work activity organized in a sprint-like one-day virtual event, where members from various backgrounds and expertise come together to work towards the stated goals of the hackathon. Keep in mind that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SIGCOMM 2021 will be held fully online.

SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop CFP Posted
CFPs for several Sigcomm Workshops have been posted on the Sigcomm main web site, under the "Workshops" tab (linked from

Upcoming SIGCOMM CARES Community meeting
SIGCOMM CARES will host a community meeting on Friday, April 2, from 2-3pm ET.  The meeting will be held as a zoom webinar, and the link to join the meeting is
There is no need to pre-register.
The purpose of the meeting is to communicate and clarify the role of SIGCOMM CARES, to discuss ways that CARES and ACM might evolve to better serve the community, and to answer questions that community members may have. As background, here are a set of recommendations recently made by CARES to improve review practices. 

The Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group (SRG) Seminars 
A list of networking talks from the past year at SRC seminars at University of Cambridge: