The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) is an international umbrella organization for national academic computer societies such as ACM. It was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO as a result of the first World Computer Congress held in Paris in 1959. Today, IFIP has 56 society members that contribute to 13 technical committees (TCs), and its principal activity is the sponsorship of roughly 100 conferences throughout the world.
Notwithstanding their multinational membership and scope, ACM and the IEEE Computer Society are joint “USA” members of IFIP and its technical committees.1 Since 1995 SIGCOMM has sponsored ACM’s participation in IFIP TC6, Communication Systems. The author serves as the ACM representative; Arun Iyengar, at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, represents the IEEE Computer Society. Joe Turner, at Clemson University, is the current ACM representative to the IFIP General Assembly.