January 2016: Editor Message

By: 
Dina Papagiannaki
Appears in: 
CCR January 2016

Welcome to the January issue of CCR. This issue marks the beginning of a new year - 2016 - but also the end of my tenure as editor of Computer Communications Review. The new CCR editor will be Prof. Olivier Bonaventure, from University of Louvain, in Belgium.

The past three years have been a true learning experience for me. Not only because they allowed me to experience the energy behind a newsletter like CCR, but also because I was given the opportunity to interact with a much broader part of our community. I got to read articles that I would probably not have read otherwise, and get excited by the increasing number of opportunities that computing and computer networks put at our disposal every day. Networks are the cornerstone of day to day discovery, and are an indispensable component of our societies. I am glad that our community continues to innovate and broadening its reach to encompass wired, and wireless networks, social networks, virtual infrastructures, data centers, while thinking about specific use cases of the underlying capabilities.

These past three years have also given me a completely new perspective on what it takes to run a professional society based on volunteers. I have attended the SIGCOMM executive committee meetings and realized the tremendous amount of work that happens behind the scenes and that underlies the success of each one of our conferences. The executive committee meetings happen monthly and I have never seen an agenda with less than 5-10 items. All the committee members continuously think how to improve the benefits to our community's members and make our conferences exciting, informative, and fun venues where not only collaborations but also friendships form for life.

The committee has been further working on a number of projects to encourage participation from under-represented areas, create and archive educational material, encourage good research practices, etc. I would greatly encourage all PhD students to go through the executive committee meeting notes that are publicly available online. Through my participation to those meetings I have come to respect and admire (even more than before) the members of the executive committee for their dedication and unconditional service. I will miss our monthly interactions Keshav, Renata, Jorg, Hamed, Yashar, Olivier, Bruce, and Bruce.

I am very proud to have had the opportunity to be part of that team and to have affected some of the changes in our conferences' practices. I am particularly excited that our award committees are now publicly released, offering increased transparency around our most cherished processes that acknowledge outstanding scientific contributions. I am also quite excited about a recent change by which our SIG conferences will make public the list of the papers nominated for best papers awards, beyond the winning one. Networking research is highly selective and I feel that our community could certainly use a little more recognition in their day to day.

As I have said in previous issues, CCR would not be possible without the work of a very large number of volunteers. It starts with the editorial board but it does not end there. Tens of reviewers are involved in the review process of CCR every quarter. Without the work of all these volunteers CCR would not be the same. I wanted to thank with all my heart all the associate editors I have had the pleasure to work with during the past 3 years. Special thanks to Prof. Augustin Chaintreau that is ending his tenure at CCR with this issue. I am also very pleased with the introduction of the ILB column and the student mentoring column, which I believe have given freshness to CCR. My deepest thanks to the Industrial Liaison Board and Prof. Akella, from University of Wisconsin.

Maybe one of the most surprising elements of my tenure is how much I enjoyed reading the editorial submissions. I have to commend all the authors of editorial submissions. The workshop reports take so much work but made me feel I was attending venues thousands of miles away. Position papers made me think "why not" and "what if". Taking time out of busy schedules to put one's thoughts in paper is a task that is not to be underestimated. My deepest gratitude to all the authors of editorial submissions.

Finally, thanks to all the authors of technical submissions that continuously advance the state of the art in computer networking. I have seen papers mature through the revise-and-resubmission process, and submissions addressing important problems through clear, practical solutions. Some of these works have been presented at ACM Sigcomm, always attracting attention and follow up work.

With that, I invite you to read the current issue. It features four editorials, two of which present the reports for the 7th Workshop on Active Internet Measurements (AIMS-7), and the 2nd Named Data Networking Community meeting (NDNcomm). The third editorial is looking at an alternative information centric architecture for the Internet, while the last one presents a really nice exposition of how people think about network neutrality in different countries, and possible ways that one could use to get their head around the topic. I really liked seeing the many different views on network neutrality as instantiated across different countries. Our technical papers cover open networking and SDN, middleboxes, IXPs and ways to create an IP geolocation database.

I hope you enjoy this first issue of CCR for 2016. Olivier, the best of luck in this new challenge and I am looking forward to a new era in CCR's history!