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Recent News

  • 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!

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