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  • November 9, 2021

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    Call for Participation :: ACM SIGCOMM HotNets'21 (November 10-12)

     

    ACM SIGCOMM HotNets'21 registration is open now, featuring an exciting programme:

    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2021/program.html 

     

    Student registration is free, $5 for ACM members and $15 for non-members.

     

    Registration info: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2021/register.html 

     


     

    Networking Channel :: Upcoming Panels

     

    The Networking Channel has several exciting upcoming talks, including an overview of technologies behind Netflix (Nov 10), a panel on research challenges in quantum networking (Nov 24), and a discussion of the human and social aspects of computer networking (Dec 8). For more details and to register (for free), please visit:

    https://networkingchannel.eu/networking-events-page-1/ 

     

    To view previous events, including “Networking Education During and After the Pandemic” held on Oct-13, please visit:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAtFAG5JdQrHac6ArIWJ-hw/videos

     

     

     


     

     

    Updates in SIGCOMM EC and CARE committees

     

    The SIGCOMM Executive Committee (EC) has been updated:

     

    Likewise, the Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and haraSsment policy violations (CARES) has been renovated:

     

    Check further info on SIGCOMM officers at:

    https://www.sigcomm.org/about/people 

     

    And learn more about CARES at:

    https://www.sigcomm.org/content/committee-aid-reporting-discrimination-and-harassment-policy-violations 

     

     


     

    SIGCOMM is hiring! Looking for a motivated and Web-skilled student!

     

    The Information Services area of SIGCOMM is working on a fresh roadmap for SIGCOMM IT. Our current top priorities include improving the current Web site (both from a content as well as an back-end infrastructure perspective) and enhancing our overall communication channels.

     

    To this end, we are looking for one student (regularly enrolled in an education institution around the world) motivated in contributing to the SIGCOMM community and with adequate skills in Web technologies and platforms (e.g. HTML, Drupal). Estimated weekly time efforts (e.g., 8 to 16 hours/week) as well as the salary (i.e. from 15 to 25 USD/hour) will be negotiated with the candidate after the interview process of candidates.

     

    Candidates should send their interest statements (motivation letter + CV) regarding the position (initially for 6 months) to christian@sigcomm.com until Nov-30, 2021.

  • September 30, 2021

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    TEACHING DURING THE PANDEMIC: ONLINE PANEL

    The Networking Channel will host an online panel on the topic of "Networking Education During and After the Pandemic". Topics such as how to teach effectively online, challenges, and ideas that we could bring with us in a future return to in-person teaching will be discussed. For more information and to register please visit:
    https://networkingchannel.eu/networking-education-during-and-after-the-pandemic/

     

  • September 1, 2021

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    Networking Channel Fall Kickoff
    The fall season of SIGCOMM-sponsored theNetworkingChannel starts on September 15th, with a talk titled "Google Networking: Infrastructure and Selected Challenges", led by Christophe Diot and Paulie Germano (Google). The talk will present Google's network infrastructure, how it was designed, and why, as well as identify some research challenges for data centers and networks. For more information and to register, please visit: 
    https://networkingchannel.eu/google-networking-infrastructure-and-selected-challenges/
     

    SIGCOMM'21 Videos Online
    Videos from the SIGCOMM'21 conference have been uploaded to the ACM SIGCOMM YouTube Channel. The videos include a keynote by Professor Hari Balakrishnan (MIT), a panel on navigating stages of one's research career, technical sessions, topic previews, and more. More videos will continue to be uploaded as they become available. For access to the videos, please visit:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSNALvlJ6ZJ0ZhLDOOhD7g/playlists
     

    SIGCOMM'21 Post-Event Poll
    If you attended SIGCOMM'21, please fill out the following poll to give us feedback on your experience. Your input will be very helpful towards improving future events and initiatives:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gkxZR8uQeh2F04tD-GJd2iFE3LmOCRD9j6cas_wkOKw/

  • July 31, 2021

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    Call for interest in leadership positions - Due August 9
    While the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer are elected positions, the SIG has a number of other positions that are filled by appointment. Please consider expressing your interest or suggesting someone else! These positions are now open:
     
    Information Services Director
    Education Director
    Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    CARES Co-Chair or Committee Member
    Awards Committee Chair
     
    To express interest, send email to Ellen (ewz@cc.gatech.edu) with a paragraph about past SIGCOMM involvement and a paragraph about interest in the position (or positions) by Monday, August 9. We especially invite interest from those historically underrepresented in SIGCOMM and/or in SIGCOMM leadership. 
     

    SIGCOMM COMMUNITY CONFERENCES SURVEY
     
    As availability of vaccines begins to change the COVID-19 situation, the SIGCOMM Executive Committee is exploring how it can best support events with some return to in-person activities. To help us plan for the next few years in a way that best supports the community, it would be very helpful to us if you can fill out this survey:
    https://forms.gle/NhtMfsWq6wbVvdH96
     

    SIGCOMM 2021 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
     
    The organizing committee is delighted to invite you all to ACM SIGCOMM 2021, the flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication. We are excited to announce that the SIGCOMM main program will for the first time extend over four, instead of three, days, bringing an extra day of learning, networking, discussion, and more! Our main program includes 55 full-length papers, a keynote talk by the SIGCOMM Award winner, Hari Balakrishnan; the announcement of the SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Award; a best of CCR session; a Student Research Competition; and two poster sessions with 21 posters and 9 demos. Furthermore, the main program is complemented by eight workshops, six tutorials, and three hackathons. And we will be providing a mentoring program to assist junior researchers, dedicated slots to meet our sponsors, as well as various other social and mentoring events towards making this a vibrant, interactive conference. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to provide an aggressive fee waiver program that we hope can enable all to attend. To register, please visit:
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2021/registration.html
     

    SIGCOMM 2021 CALL FOR PODS AND WATCH PARTIES
     
    With increased access to vaccination, relaxation of local travel and gathering restrictions are quite possible in certain regions. In support of a return to in-person activities, SIGCOMM'21 is calling for creation of "watch parties" and "pods" to allow small groups to meet where it is safe to do so. To propose a pod, or to see how to join a pod near you, please visit:
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2021/pods.html

     

    SIGCOMM CARES Recommendations document in response to HotNets incident (December 2020)
    In September 2020, the SIGCOMM CARES committee was made aware of a situation that arose in the HotNets 2020 review process. SIGCOMM CARES received two complaints, one sent by all three authors and one from the lead author alone. The incident was discussed in the committee and multiple parties involved were consulted, leading to a list of 7 recommendations. The implementation of these recommendations by the different actors responsible for overseeing the review process, namely ACM, SIGCOMM and Conference Steering Committees, PC chairs, PC committees and the CARES Committee, will hopefully help prevent similar incidents in the future. 
     

     

    SIGCOMM CARES Community Meetings
    CARES planned two community meetings in April 2021 to communicate and clarify its role. These meetings are intended to serve as both sessions on CARES and a means to foster discussion on how CARES and ACM might evolve to better serve the community as well as a forum to answer questions that community members may have.
     
    1st Meeting -- Friday, April 2, from 2pm ET

    2nd Meeting -- Friday, April 23, at 9am ET
     

     

    SIGCOMM 2021 CALL FOR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    Being a student volunteer is a great opportunity to get plugged into the community -- meet the organizing committee and attendees, and learn how to run a conference! Opportunities will include stimulating discussions on the slack, monitoring the conference, helping to report problems, running platforms, helping us brainstorm, and more! No experience needed (we will teach you what you need to know!). To sign up, please email a resume and brief description of your interests to sigcomm21.chairs@gmail.com with "[SIGCOMM - Volunteer]" in the subject line.

  • June 30, 2021

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    Au Revoir from the current EC
    It’s hard to imagine, but it has now been 4 years since this EC started its term.  I can vividly recall my trepidations before the opening session of SIGCOMM 2017 in LA that marked my first participation as SIGCOMM chair, and I must say that if I had had a crystal ball, those trepidations might have morphed into sheer panic. Obviously, none of us could have foretold COVID-19 and how much havoc it would wreck, and my thoughts go to all those who have been affected and those who continue to be.  On the SIG front, the main impact was the need to switch to virtual events.  SIGCOMM 2020 had to pivot late in its planning process from being held at Columbia in NYC to being the first to experiment with a fully virtual format. I’m forever grateful to Henning, Vishal, and their team for stepping-up to a task they had not really signed-up for.  However, looking back as well as ahead, the SIG has weathered the transition relatively well.  We have not taken anywhere near the kind of financial hit we might have expected, with most of our conferences remaining in the black.  More importantly, we have also learned useful lessons on how to leverage our experience with virtual events.  Even if the departing EC pledged an in-person reunion at SIGCOMM 2022, it also acknowledged the positive aspects of virtual participation.  There is no denying that virtual conferences have made it possible for many more to attend who, no matter how many travel grants we can provide, would otherwise have been unable to attend our events.  As a result, going forward, we have pledged to continue to offer the possibility of remote participation even after we are back to having in-person conferences.
     
    The impact of COVID-19 has, however, also been felt indirectly in the many things we ended-up either not doing or not doing as much as planned.  One of my goals when starting as chair had been to increase the diversity of our SIG, and while we have made some progress, there is no denying that much, much more remains to be done.  Nevertheless, a few positive steps were taken, including standing-up a CARES committee, which even if its mandate is still evolving, has provided a renewed focus as well as resources that SIG members can tap into.  We also relaunched our efforts to increase participation from South America with a student-focused workshop that successfully started in 2019.  It was to be reprieved in 2020, but had to be put on hold because of COVID-19, and 2021 remains uncertain. I very much hope that we can restart it soon and tap into the enthusiasm that permeated the first edition.
     
    Let me end this already too long “closing statement” by thanking all past and present members of the EC with whom I have had the pleasure to serve.  One of the things that serving as SIGCOMM chair has made me acutely aware of is the amount of time and energy that all our volunteers are willing to invest in the SIG and its events, and EC members are very much on the frontline with often very little visibility and recognition for their efforts from the rest of our community.  I am truly grateful for their dedication and for sticking through the ups and downs of the past four years.  Last but not least, I also want to welcome the incoming EC.  The SIG is in great hands and I wish them the best of luck in taking the SIG forward into a (hopefully) post-COVID world.
     
    Roch Guerin, departing SIG chair
     

    SIGCOMM'21: Save the Date!
    SIGCOMM 2021 will be held virtually (online) during August 23–27, 2021. Five exciting days of workshops, tutorials, hackathons, technical sessions, social events, and more! More details, including about how to register, will be posted in the upcoming weeks. For more information, please visit: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2021/
     

    SIGCOMM Lifetime Award Winner for 2021
    Prof. Balakrishnan is recognized for "contributions to mobile and wireless systems, resilient networks, and congestion control."
     
    The committee: Marinho Barcellos (University of Waikato, NZ), Phillipa Gill (Google, USA), Anja Feldmann (Max-Planck Institute, Germany), and Craig Partridge (Colorado State University, USA).
     

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