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  • May 7, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    We have a busy newsletter this month, so, let’s dive right into it!

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. Sylvia Ratnasamy wins ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

    2. SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award

    3. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    4. Mentoring Program at SIGCOMM 2015

    5. CoNext 2015 shadow TPC

    6. SIGCOMM 2015 registration now open

    7. HOTNETS 2015 CFP now online

    8. Data Transparency Lab Call For Proposals

    9. Call for Participation: ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research

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    1. We are delighted to announce that Sylvia Ratnasamy, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley has won the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for her seminal work on distributed hash tables, a fundamental contribution to the design of large-scale distributed and decentralized computing systems. Congratulations, Sylvia!

    2. In other good news, the SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 winner is: Keith Winstein for his dissertation entitled “Transport Architectures for an Evolving Internet” This dissertation proposes and develops the idea of computer-generated congestion control, creatively solving both classical and new problems in network resource management.

    The Honorable Mention goes to Hongqiang Liu for his dissertation “Traffic Planning under Network Dynamics” Liu's dissertation presents the design and implementation of practical, uniform, automatic, and proactive techniques to prevent the link congestion commonly caused by network faults and maintenance.

    The award committee was comprised of Mark Crovella, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Nikolaos Laoutaris, Alan Mislove, Neil Spring (chair), and Arun Venkataramani.

    3. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - 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 will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address. Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by August 15, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award

    4. We are trying a new mentoring idea at SIGCOMM 2015: an opportunity for students and postdocs to meet individually with teams of two mentors to talk about the student’s research.  The idea is to give graduate students (and postdocs) access to feedback from outstanding researchers from outside their university.  Applications are due June 15th.  More information can be found at the SIGCOMM 2015 conference website.

    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/mentoring.php

    5. During the summer, we will be organising, again, a shadow TPC to train young researchers in how papers are reviewed and ranked at selective networking conferences. Selected researchers must have at least 3 years of experience in networking research and have published a few papers at workshops, conferences or in journals. During June, July and August, they will will evaluate a subset of the papers submitted to CoNext 2015. Most of the work (reviews, discussions) will be done online but the participants will also meet in an in-person TPC meeting on Friday August 21st in London (close to the SIGCOMM'15 conference location). Additional information about the operation of a shadow TPC may be found in a paper published in CCR in 2008 : http://goo.gl/EpSEnK

    To apply for the CoNext 2015 shadow TPC, please fill the following form before May 20th, 2015 : http://goo.gl/forms/TPiBMX1gtz

    If you have any questions, please contact the SIG Education Director, Olivier Bonaventure (UCLouvain) by email.

    6. Registration for SIGCOMM 2015 is now active and accepting registrations. The URL is:

    https://www.regonline.com/acmsigcomm2015

    7. The Fourteenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-2015) will bring together researchers in computer networks and systems to engage in a lively debate on the theory and practice of networking. HotNets will provide a venue for debating broad future research agendas in networking and for presenting innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly influence the community. The CFP is now online:

    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2015/

    8. The Data Transparency Lab (DTL) is a community-based effort among universities, businesses and institutions to support research in tools, data, and methodologies for shedding light into the use of personal data by online services, and to empower users to be in control of their personal data online. In order to support research in these areas, DTL will award in 2015 up to 10 research grants of 50,000 Euro per grant to academic institutions worldwide. The criteria for applications and further information about the application

    process are described in this document: http://datatransparencylab.org/docs/handbook.pdf

    9. Building on the success of the HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshop, the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN. Co-locating SOSR with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) provides an opportunity for more interaction between researchers and practitioners and more influence on the networking industry. In addition, registered SOSR attendees can attend shared keynote, plenary, and panel sessions, and the social event, on June 17-18 at ONS. The SOSR  program is now available at http://opennetsummit.org/conference/sosr/sosr-agenda/

    Registration prices increase on May 9 - register soon at

    http://opennetsummit.org/conference/sosr/sosr-register/

     

    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

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/

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

  • April 14, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    Open Access is becoming increasingly important for the scientific community. The SIG is working with ACM to enable ‘gold’ OA on all SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences. More news on that front will follow in due course. In the meantime, good luck to those of you awaiting results from SIGCOMM 2015, and to those submitting to IMC 2015.

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 call for posters, demos, and the ACM student research competition

    3. SIGCOMM 2015 call for industrial demos

    4. Call for Participation: ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research.

    5. CCR April 2015 issue now online

    6. Nominations due for the ACM Sigmetrics Rising star award

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    1. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - 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 will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address. Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by August 15, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award

    2. The SIGCOMM poster and demo sessions showcase 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 poster session will also serve as an ACM Student Research Competition. The CFP is online here:

    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/cfd.php

    3. The industrial demo session at SIGCOMM 2014 in Chicago had a great turnout and positive feedback, so it returns for SIGCOMM 2015. This session showcases demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications, bringing industry and academia together around demos of innovative and cutting-edge networking products. Note the Submission Deadline of May 27. For details of the call see:  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/cfid.php  

    4. Building on the success of the HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshop, the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN. Co-locating SOSR with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) provides an opportunity for more interaction between researchers and practitioners and more influence on the networking industry. In addition, registered SOSR attendees can attend shared keynote, plenary, and panel sessions, and the social event, on June 17-18 at ONS.  Details at http://opennetsummit.org/sosr/sosr-register/   (Early reg by  May 9th)

    5. April issue of Computer Communications Review, our community’s quarterly newsletter is now online! see the list of papers and access them openly on http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/2015/April/  

    6. The 2015 ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Research Award will be presented at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2015 conference http://www.sigmetrics.org/sigmetrics2015/, June 15-19, 2015, in Portland, OR, USA.  The award is given annually to recognize a rising star in our community who demonstrates outstanding potential for research in the field of computer and communication performance. The selection will be based on the impact of the candidate's work in the field in creating promising new ideas, paradigms and tools related to the performance analysis of computer and communication systems. Please submit all nominations via email by Friday April 24, 2015. For details about the nomination process see: http://www.sigmetrics.org/awards.shtml#risingstar

    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

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/

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

  • April 12, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    Who owns your research? What should be the role of associations like the ACM? Are they publishers who market science? Or should they strive to make it available to all for free? ACM SIGPLAN is running a poll on these questions in which we encourage you to participate:   http://goo.gl/vlCtn2
    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. Nominations due for the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 call for industrial demos

    2. Conext 2015 CFP

    3. Call for Participation: ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research.

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    1. Nominations for the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement are due March 31. Read more about the award, the previous winners, and about the nomination process at:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-awards
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations

    2. The industrial demo session at SIGCOMM 2014 in Chicago had a great turnout and positive feedback, so it returns for SIGCOMM 2015. This session showcases demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications, bringing industry and academia together around demos of innovative and cutting-edge networking products.
    Note the Submission Deadline of May 27. For details of the call see:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/cfid.php

    3. CoNext 2015 will be taking place on December 1-4, 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany.
    Important Dates:
    Paper Registration: June 4, 2015 (20:59 PDT)
    Paper Submission: June 11, 2015 (20:59 PDT)
    Notification of Acceptance: September 4, 2015
    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/

    4. Building on the success of the HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshop, the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN. Co-locating SOSR with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) provides an opportunity for more interaction between researchers and practitioners and more influence on the networking industry. In addition, registered SOSR attendees can attend shared keynote, plenary, and panel sessions, and the social event, on June 17-18 at ONS.  Details at http://opennetsummit.org/sosr/sosr-register/

    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

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

  • April 12, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    For those of you who submitted a paper to SIGCOMM 2015, I hope you appreciated the Friday evening deadline, giving you the whole weekend to spend quality time preparing your IMC 2015 submissions. If you narrowly missed the deadline, fear not! The CoNext 2015 deadline is around the corner, in addition to a number of interesting workshops, industrial demos, and poster sessions to be held with SIGCOMM 2015, providing you with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the European summer or winter. For a summary of the workshops, see http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/ and for CoNext 2015 details see item 4 below.

    Taking a broader view, it has been interesting to watch the net neutrality debate at the FCC (brief summary at http://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-and-net-neutrality-what-you-really-need-to-...). There seems to be an unexpectedly important role for comedians, TV presenters, and even adult video industry professionals in this debate, although many also believe that there’s no escape from first, business, and economy class data tariffs. I am certain that this year’s IMC will provide a forum for presenting new insight and thought-provoking results on this topic.

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. Nominations due for the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement
    2. MeetGreen to help with SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences
    3. Cyber-security summer school to be held July 13-17 2015 in Estonia
    4. ACM CoNext 2015 details
    5. TMA Summer School

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    1. Nominations for the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement are due March 31. Read more about the award, the previous winners, and about the nomination process at http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-awards
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations

    2. We are pleased to announce that that SIG has engaged MeetGreen <link goes here>, a meeting management company, to assist the general chairs and organization committees of our fully sponsored conferences.  MeetGreen will  reduce the strain on volunteers, ensure continuity across conferences, and contribute to sharing best practices  within and across conferences.

    3. A summer school on Information Security for PhD students and junior research is to be held in Estonia  from 13-17 July 2015. A number of researchers from the SIGCOMM community will attempt to answer questions on how to keep data safe, how to safely share it, how to anonymise it, what it takes to reverse engineer data, etc.. The event is supported by the Estonian government, EU metrics project, and ACM SIGCOMM, and is being conducted by Olaf Maennel (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia) and Jon Crowcroft (Cambridge University, UK). Details can be found at  http://studyitin.ee/c3s

    4. ACM Conext 2015 Conference will take place during December 1-4, 2015, in Heidelberg, Germany. Important dates and further info:

    Paper Registration: June 4, 2015 (20:59 PDT)
    Paper Submission: June 11, 2015 (20:59 PDT)
    Notification of Acceptance: September 4, 2015

    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/

    5. The program of the SIGCOMM-sponsored TMA school program is now available: http://tma-2015.cba.upc.edu/phd-school-program.
    The deadline for students to reserve rooms at the school rate is February 16, 2015. More information can be found at: http://www.tma-2015.cba.upc.edu/phd-school

    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

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

  • April 12, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    Happy 2015, and best wishes to all of you for your success, particularly those burning the midnight oil towards January deadlines, including that of SIGOCMM 2015!
    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. ACM Fellows and Distinguished Members

    2. ACM ICN 2015

    3. Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR, formerly HotSDN)

    4. ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement

    5. Examples of Research Affecting the Practice of Networking

    6. SIGCOMM 2015 workshops and new track

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    1. Congratulations to three SIGCOMM members who have been named ACM Fellows (Johannes Gehrke, Robert Morris, Henning Schulzrinne) and three who have been named Distinguished Members (Paul Barford, Ahmed A Helmy, Jason Liu)

    2. The CFP for the second ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN 2015) is now up on http://conferences.sigcomm.org/acm-icn/2015/

    Important Dates:
    May 22, 2015        Full Paper Submission
    July 20, 2015        Acceptance Notification
    August 15, 2015   Camera Ready Due
    Sep. 30 - Oct. 2, 2015   Conference

    3. Submit to the new SIG-sponsored Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR, formerly HotSDN), co-located with the Open Networking Summit June 17-18, 2015. Register your abstract by March 7, and submit by March 14. Both short (6-page) and long (12-page) papers will be accepted.
    http://www.opennetsummit.org/sosr15.php

    4. Nominations for the ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement are due March 31. Read more about the award, the previous winners, and about the nomination process at http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-awards
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations

    5. As networking researchers, we love to work on ideas that improve the practice of networking. In the pioneering days of the Internet, the link between networking researchers and practitioners was strong; the community was small and everyone knew each other. Not only were there many important ideas from the research community that affected the practice of networking, we were all very aware of them. Today, the networking industry is enormous and the practice of networking spans many network equipment vendors, operators, chip manufacturers, the IETF, data centers, wireless and cellular, and so on. There continues to be a transfer of ideas, but there isn't a forum to learn about them. We are addressing this gap through a new series of articles in CCR. The goal of this series is to present articles that shine a spotlight on specific examples of technology transfer from academia to industry; focussing not only on the technology and ideas themselves, but also on the path the ideas took to affect practice. This path is not straightforward. Sometimes a research paper was picked up by chance; but more often, researchers worked hand-in-hand with the standards community, the open-source community, or industry to develop the idea further to make it suitable for adoption. We want their stories here.

    We are seeking CCR articles describing interesting cases of "research affecting practice", including ideas transferred from research labs (academic or industrial) that became:
      * Commercial products.
      * Internet standards
      * Algorithms and ideas embedded into new or existing products
      * Widely used open-source software
      * Ideas deployed first by startups, by existing companies or by distribution of free software
      * Communities built around a toolbox, language, or dataset

    We also welcome stories of negative experiences, or ideas that seemed promising but ended-up not taking off.

    6. SIGCOMM 2015 will have a number of events, and tracks, including:
    (i) the “experiences track”: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/submission.php#experience
    For this track, we are soliciting papers that describe design, analysis, and evaluation of techniques in commercial (or otherwise widespread) deployments. The deadlines are the same as for regular SIGCOMM papers
            Paper registration: Jan 23rd
            Paper Submission: Jan 30th

    (II). SIGCOMM workshops — There are 4 of them:
        • All Things Cellular: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/atc.php
            Paper registration: March 20th
            Paper Submission: March 27th
            Workshop Date: August 17th

        • Crowdsourcing and crowdsharing of Big (Internet) Data (C2B(I)D): http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/c2bid.php
            Paper registration: March 20th
            Paper Submission: March 27th
            Workshop Date: August 17th

        • Hot Topics in Middleboxes and Network Function Virtualization (HotMiddlebox): http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/hotmiddlebox.php
            Paper registration: March 24th
            Paper Submission: March 31st
            Workshop Date: August 21st

        • Ethics in Networked Systems Research http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/netethics.php
            Paper Submission: March 31st
            Workshop Date: August 21st

    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

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

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