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  • August 1, 2019

    July 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    SIGCOMM 50th Anniversary panel
    Announcing changes to the SIGCOMM Executive Committee
    Computer Communication Review (The ACM Newsletter), The July 2019 Issue
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    SIGCOMM 50th Anniversary panel
     
    As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of SIGCOMM, a panel discussion on "Past and Future Directions in Networking Research" will be held during the first session of the SIGCOMM conference on Wednesday, August 21. The panel will start with a brief introductory video by Vint Cerf before opening up to discussions with our panelists. The panelists will be Dah Ming Chiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Manya Ghobadi  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mark Handley (University College, London) , Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University), and Lixia Zhang (University of California at Los Angeles), and the discussion will be moderated by Bruce Maggs (Duke University and Akamai Technologies).
     

    Announcing changes to the SIGCOMM Executive Committee
     
    After serving for a little over two years as SIGCOMM vice-chair, Aditya Akella has asked to step down.  We would like to thank him for his efforts in promoting the SIG and advancing its agenda during that period.  It represents a non-trivial amount of time and energy.
    As per the SIG's bylaws regarding vacancies and appointments, in such instances the board is tasked with selecting a replacement, and while we are sad to see Aditya go, we are delighted to announce that Sujata Banerjee has agreed to serve as the new SIG vice-chair. 
    Please join us in thanking Aditya for his service and welcoming Sujata in her new role.

    Computer Communication Review (The ACM Newsletter), The July 2019 Issue
     
    This July 2019 issue contains two technical papers and three editorial notes. In ”Securing Linux with a Faster and Scalable IPtables”, Sebastiano Miano and his colleagues revisit how Linux firewalls work. Since version 2.4.0 of the Linux kernel, iptables has been the standard way of defining firewall rules in Linux. These iptables are widely used, but writing and maintaining them can be difficult. Furthermore, they have some limitations in terms of performance. This paper leverages the eBPF virtual machine that is included in the Linux kernel to propose a replacement for iptables that preserves their semantics while providing im- proved performance. They release their implementation and evaluate its performance in details.
     
    In ”Towards Passive Analysis of Anycast in Global Routing: Unintended Impact of Remote Peering”, Rui Bian et al. analyse the deployment of anycast services. For this, they rely on different BGP routing information and highlight the impact of remote peering on anycast performance. They release their data and analysis scripts.
     
    In addition to these two peer-reviewed papers, this issue contains three editorials. In ”Privacy Trading in the Surveillance Capitalism Age: Viewpoints on ‘Privacy- Preserving’ Societal Value Creation”, Ranjan Pal and Jon Crowcroft reconsider the current Mobile App ecosystem from an economical and privacy viewpoint. They show that the current model is not the only possible one and propose the idea of a regulated privacy trading mechanism that provides a better compromise between privacy and the commercial interests of companies. In ”Datacenter Congestion Control: Identifying what is essential and making it practical”, Aisha Mushtaq et al. take a step back at the datacenter congestion control problem. They argue that congestion control mechanisms that use Shortest-Remaining- Processing-Time are the best solution and discuss in the paper how commodity switches could be modified to support it. Finally, in ”The 11th Workshop on Active Internet Measurements (AIMS-11) Workshop Report”, kc Claffy and Dave Clark summarise the discussions at the latest AIMS workshop. They mention several new measurement ini- tiatives and interesting research projects.

  • July 26, 2019

    June 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 lifetime award goes to Prof. Mark Handley
    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 Test of Time award
    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 lifetime award goes to Prof. Mark Handley
    Call for Participation, ACM SIGCOMM 2019 (Early registration deadline: July 12th, 2019)
    Call for Site Proposals, ACM CoNEXT 2020
    Call for Papers, The 15th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and 
    Communications Systems (ANCS '19)
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    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 lifetime award goes to Prof. Mark Handley
     
    The annual SIGCOMM Award, presented at the SIGCOMM Technical Conference, recognizes lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks. Congratulations to Prof. Mark Handley, who is recognized “for fundamental contributions to Internet multimedia, multicast, congestion control, and multi-path networks, and the standardization of Internet protocols in these domains”.
     
    The ACM SIGCOMM 2019 lifetime award committee comprised: Anja Feldman (MPI), Ellen Zegura (Georgia Tech), Hari Balakrishnann (MIT), Srinivasan Keshav (University of Waterloo), and Sujata Banerjee (VMWare, chair).
     

    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 Test of Time award
     
    The ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award recognizes a paper published 10 to 12 years in the past in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM sponsored or co-sponsored conference that is deemed to be an outstanding paper whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today. For 2019, the selected paper is "VL2: A Scalable and Flexible Data Center Network" by Albert Greenberg, James Hamilton, Navendu Jain, Srikanth Kandula, Changhoon Kim, Parantap Lahiri, Dave Maltz, Parveen Patel, and Sudipta Sengupta.
     
    The ACM SIGCOMM 2019 test of time award committee comprised: Hitesh Ballani (MSR, chair), Mark Handley(UCL), Z. Morley Mao (UMich), and Mohammadreza Alizadeh Attar (MIT).
     

    ACM SIGCOMM 2019 Networking Systems Award
     
    The SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award is awarded to an institution or individual(s) to recognize the development of a networking system that has had a significant impact on the world of computer networking. For 2019, the award goes to: "Multipath TCP implementation in the Linux kernel".
     
    The main developers were: Christoph Paasch, Sebastien Barre, Gregory Detal.
     
    However, any recognition should also mention the other researchers who have contributed to the code. Based on the published change logs, these include (in alphabetical order) :
    Andreas Ripke (NEC), Andreas Seelinger (RWTH Aachen), Andrei Maruseac (Intel), Baptiste Jonglez (Univ. Grenoble Alpes), Benjamin Hesmans (UCLouvain), Brandon Heller (Stanford University), Catalin Nicutar (PUB Bucharest), Christian Pinedo (University of the Basque Country), Cristina Ciocan (Intel), Doru Gucea (Intel), Duncan Eastoe, Enhuan Dong, Evelina, Fabien Duchêne (UCLouvain), Fabrizio Demaria (Intel), François Finfe (Tessares), Irina Tirdea (Intel), Jaehyun Hwang (Bell Labs and Samsung Electronics), Jakko Korkeaniemi (Aalto University), John Ronan (TSSG), Jorge Boncompte, Kenjiro Nakayama (Red Hat Japan), Kristian Evensen, Lavkesh Lahngir, Matthieu Baerts (Tessares), Mihai P. Andrei (Intel), Niels Laukens (VRT Belgium), Niels Möller (SouthPole), Octavian Purdila (Intel), Per Hurtig (Karlstads University), Savvas Zannettou, Sebastien Duponcheel (OVH), Stefan Sicleru (Intel), Takumi Shinkai, Tim Froidcoeur (Tessares), Valentin Ilie (Intel), Viet-Hoang Tran (UCLouvain), Vlad Dogaru (Intel)
     
    The 2019 networking systems award committee comprised: Ratul Mahajan (University of Washington), Kun Tan (Huawei), Xiaowei Yang (Duke University).
     
    You can find more details about the award at http://www.sigcomm.org/content/sigcomm-networking-systems-award.
     

    Call for Participation: ACM SIGCOMM 2019 (Early registration deadline: July 12th, 2019)
     
    ACM SIGCOMM 2019, Beijing, China, August 19th – 24th, 2019
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/
     
    The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to ACM SIGCOMM 2019, to be held in Beijing, China on August 19-24, 2019. SIGCOMM is the flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication.
     
    This year presents the following shining features:
     
    - The first time for SIGCOMM to be held in mainland China
    - The 50th anniversary of SIGCOMM
    - Keynote speech by Mark Handley, who will receive SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award for fundamental contributions to Internet multimedia, multicast, congestion control, and multi-path networks, and the standardization of Internet protocols in these domains.
    - 32 high quality papers and a number of attractive demos and posters
    - 6 workshops, 4 tutorials, a Hackathon covering a wide range of interests
    - The mix of modern and historic buildings and culture in Beijing; We have a number of exciting events, e.g., banquet, student dinner, and recruitment booths supported by from a large number of premier sponsors
     
    We hereby encourage you to note the early registration deadline: July 12th, 2019 (registration details at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/registration.html) and book your trip early (Hotel info at https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/hotel.html)

     

    Call for Site Proposals, ACM CoNEXT 2020
     
    The CoNEXT Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting ACM CoNEXT 2020.  The 2020 site is a wildcard, which means it can be held anywhere in the world. Site proposals can be short (about a page), covering the information described here:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference/site-proposals
    More information about the CoNEXT conference can be found at http://sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference
     
    The deadline for full site proposals is October 15, 2019, but proposers are encouraged to let the steering committee know about their intent to propose earlier.  Please e-mail site proposals, intent to propose, and questions to the SC Chair, Peter Steenkiste (prs@cs.cmu.edu).
     
     

    Call for Papers, The 15th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS '19)
     
    http://www.ancsconf.org
     
    ACM/IEEE ANCS will be held 24th and 25th of September, 2019 in Cambridge, UK, and is the premier forum for presenting and discussing original research that explores the relationship between the algorithms and architectures of data communication networks and the hardware and software elements from which these networks are built. ANCS focuses on architectures for networking and communication in the broad sense, including novel architectures, architectural 
    support for advanced communication, algorithms and protocols for advanced architectures, software and applications for next-generation networking architectures, co-design of computer and network systems, and methodology and benchmarking for evaluating advanced communication architectures.
     
    The conference seeks an emphasis on the applicability and feasibility of approach,  and will prioritize implementation and measurement-led submissions. Authors are invited to include artifacts and data sets as part of their submission, and those would be looked favourably by the committee. Submissions are double blind (details http://www.ancsconf.org). 
     
    IMPORTANT DATES
    Abstract submission deadline: July 7th, 2019
    Full paper submission deadline: July 15th, 2019
    Author notification: August 9th, 2019

     

  • July 26, 2019

    May 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Call for Nominations, the SIGCOMM rising star award
    Call for Participation, SIGCOMM 2019
    Call for Papers, ACM CoNEXT 2019
    SIGCOMM 2019 Hackathon on "Measuring and debugging real network systems"
    Workshop on Foundations of Routing (WFR)
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    Call for Nominations, the SIGCOMM rising star award
     
    Nominations for the SIGCOMM Rising Star Award are due by July 15th 2019.
     
    Each year, ACM SIGCOMM presents a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual within 10 years from receiving their Ph.D. or equivalent degree - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career. Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee evaluate the nominees. Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor.
     
    All nominations should be sent to the SIGCOMM awards chair.
     

    Call for Participation, SIGCOMM 2019
     
    The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to ACM SIGCOMM 2019, to be held in Beijing, China on August 19-24, 2019. Registration is open. For more details, please see https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/registration.html. Details on visa requirements and visa support letter can also be found here: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/visa.html.
     

    Call for Papers, ACM CoNEXT 2019: The 15th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies
     
    Orlando, Florida, U.S.
    December 9-12, 2019
    Website: https://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2019
     
    Important Dates (hard deadlines, no extensions will be given):
    Abstract Registration: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (6PM EDT)
    Paper Submission: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (6PM EDT)
    Please submit your papers at: https://conext19.hotcrp.com/

    SIGCOMM Hackathon on "Measuring and debugging real network systems"
    We would like to invite you to the first SIGCOMM Hackathon on "Measuring and debugging real network systems", to be held on August 24, 2019 in Beijing, China, as part of the SIGCOMM 2019 conference: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/hackathon.html
     
    Students (undergraduates and graduates, junior and senior PhDs), researchers (research assistants, post-graduates, research scientists), developers, and network engineers are invited to participate. Registration for the Hackathon is separate from the SIGCOMM conference; conference registration is not required.
    Apply by filling out this form:
    https://forms.gle/yzntS1VFoSLE2NEo6
     
    For any further queries, please email the Hackathon team at:
    Hongqiang Liu <hongqiang.liu@alibaba-inc.com>, Alibaba Group, US
    Hongbin Luo <luohb@buaa.edu.cn>, BUAA, China
     

    The April 2019 issue of Computer Communications Review is available 
    The last issue of SIGCOMM’s newsletter is available on CCROnline and the ACM Digital Library:  https://ccronline.sigcomm.org/2019/the-april-2019-issue/
     

    Workshop on Foundations of Routing (WFR)
    Workshop on Foundations of Routing at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on June 19th and 20th, 2019.
     
    The workshop will feature invited talks from an all-star lineup representing the networking and theory communities including:

    • Marco Chiesa (KTH)
    • Michael Dimitz (Johns Hopkins)
    • Monia Ghobadi (MIT)
    • Hongqiang Liu (Alibaba)
    • Harald Räcke (Munich)
    • Jennifer Rexford (Princeton)
    • Aaron Sidford (Stanford)
    • Vyas Sekar (CMU)

    Further details are available on the workshop website:
    http://network-programming.org/wfr/
     
    If you are interested in the theory and practice of routing, please register and join us in Ithaca in June!
     

  • July 26, 2019

    April 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    ANRW 2019 Call for Papers
    Deadline Extension for ACM SIGCOMM EPIQ 2019
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    ANRW 2019 Call for Papers
    The ACM, IRTF & ISOC Applied Networking Research Workshop 2019 (ANRW’19) is an academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. The workshop offers an opportunity for academics to transition research back into IETF standards and protocols and to find inspiration from topics and open problems discussed at the IETF. The workshop will consist of a mix of invited talks, submitted talks, and submitted short papers.

    • Submitted talks are not-for-publication resubmissions of works that have been published elsewhere during the last 12 months. The goal here is to increase impact of previously published work. For a talk to be considered for presentation, please submit an extended abstract that is no longer than 2 pages.
    • Short papers are publications that present new research that has not been previously published. For a short paper to be considered for publication, please submit work describing early/emerging results in a relevant topic area. There is a 6-page limit for short papers.

    ANRW ’19 particularly encourages the submission of results that could form the basis for future engineering work in the IETF, that could help better specify Internet protocols, that could change operational Internet practices, or that could influence further research and experimentation in the IRTF. ANRW ‘19 is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).
     
    More information: https://irtf.org/anrw/2019/cfp.html
     

    Deadline Extension for ACM SIGCOMM EPIQ 2019
    The paper, poster and demo submission deadline for the 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on the Evolution, Performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ 2019) has been extended! The new timeline is as follows:
     
    May 6, 2019 Submission deadline
    May 31, 2019 Notification deadline
    June 20, 2019 Camera-ready deadline
    August 19 or 23, 2019 Workshop
     
    Please see http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/workshop-epiq.html for more information.

  • July 26, 2019

    March 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    SIGCOMM 2019 Workshops Call for Papers
    CoNEXT 2019 Call for Papers
    Call for abstracts for the SIGCOMM 2019 Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2019)
    SOSR 2019 call for participation
    ACM Internet Measurement Conference – IMC 2019
    ACM MobiSys 2019 Call for Demos/Videos
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    SIGCOMM 2019 Workshops Call for Papers
     
    All six SIGCOMM workshops are online. Please consider submitting your papers to:
     
    Workshop on the Evolution, performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ 2019)
    Workshop on Networking for Emerging Applications and Technologies (NEAT 2019)
    Workshop on Networking and Programming Languages (NetPL 2019)
    Workshop on Network Meets AI & ML (NetAI 2019)
    Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2019)
    Workshop on Mobile Air­Ground Edge Computing, Systems, Networks, and Applications (MAGESys 2019)
     
    Please find the workshops in https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2019/
     

    CoNEXT 2019 Call for Papers
     
    The CoNEXT 2019 conference seeks papers presenting significant and novel research results on emerging computer networks and its applications. CoNEXT especially encourages submissions that present novel experimentation, creative use of networking technologies, and new insights made possible using analysis. CoNEXT welcomes submission of both long and short papers (2-column, 10pt ACM format). Note that position papers, critiques of networking research, and ideas that are not yet fully complete or evaluated are a better fit for the HotNets workshop. CoNEXT welcomes experience submissions that clearly articulate lessons learned, as well as submissions that refute prior published results. CoNEXT values submissions more highly if they are accompanied by clearly defined artifacts not previously available, including traces, original data, source code, or tools developed as part of the submitted work.
     
    Abstract Registration: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (6PM EST)
    Paper Submission: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (6PM EST)
     
    More details: https://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2019/#!/cfp

    Call for abstracts for the SIGCOMM 2019 Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2019)
     
    Optical equipment is a fundamental component of modern systems. The OptSys workshop focuses on the design and implementation of optical networked systems for the next-generation Cloud infrastructure. These systems pose a number of research challenges spanning multiple research areas, e.g., physical layer, scheduling, synchronization, congestion control, orchestration, and topology reconfiguration, which require cross-layer and cross-disciplinary solutions. The workshop aims to bring together participants across the optics, networking, systems, and distributed algorithms community to jointly tackle these challenges and foster discussions and collaboration opportunities across these communities.
     
    Important Dates:
    May 7, 2019: 1-page extended abstract submission deadline
    May 24, 2019: Acceptance notification for presentations
     

    SOSR 2019 call for participation
     
    ACM SOSR 2019 will be held in San Jose, CA, USA on April 3-4 2019. The ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on software-defined networking (SDN). Like previous years, SOSR will be held at same time as the Open Networking Summit (ONS). The SOSR technical program features many exciting papers, with innovations in cellular and 5G networking, SDN, cloud computing, network security, application-centric networking, P4 networking, distributed computing, and software-defined infrastructures. In addition, the program will feature two keynotes and invited speakers whom have been awarded the ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award, which is given to an individual or an institution to recognize the development of a software system that has had a significant impact on SDN research, implementations, and tools. A poster and demo session will also be included in the program.
     
    Website: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2019/
    Registration: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2019/register.html
     

    ACM Internet Measurement Conference – IMC 2019 
     
    The Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) is a highly selective venue for the presentation of measurement-based research in data communications. The focus of IMC 2019 will be on research that improves the practice of network measurement, illuminates some facet of an operational network, or both. IMC encourages authors to discuss the implications of their results to future research and/or to operations. IMC also encourages authors to discuss representativeness and limitations of their work due to coverage of their measurements across space and time.
     
    Paper registration: May 6, 2019
    Paper submission: May 13, 2019
     
    More details: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2019/
    Submission link: https://imc19.hotcrp.com/ 
     

    ACM MobiSys 2019 Call for Demos/Videos
     
    MobiSys 2019 is seeking two types of submission: 1) demo submission and 2) video submissions. Research prototypes and commercial products of mobile computing technologies are welcome. 
     
    Submission deadline: April 5, 2019, 23:59 AOE
    Notification of acceptance: April 21, 2019
    Camera-ready deadline: April 28, 2019
     
    More details can be found at Demo/Video Submission Site  https://mobisys19demovideo.hotcrp.com

     

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