Happy new year! Welcome to the January 2014 issue of ACM Computer Communications Review. We are starting the new year with one of the largest CCR issues I have had the pleasure to edit. This issue contains 10 papers, 6 technical peer reviewed contributions and 4 editorial notes.
The technical papers cover a range of areas, such as routing, Internet measurements, WiFi networking, named data networking and online social networks. They should make a very diverse and interesting read for the CCR audience. In the editorial zone, we have had the pleasure to receive 4 contributions, 3 out of which address fundamental issues around how our community works.
In his editorial note, Prof. Nick McKeown, from Stanford University, is providing his perspective on the issues that go right and the issues that could be improved in the way our premier conference, ACM SIGCOMM, is organized. Prof. McKeown is making a case for a more inclusive conference, drawing examples from other communities. He is further attempting to identify possible directions we could pursue in order to transfer our fundamental contributions into the industry and the society as a whole.
One more editorial is touching upon some of the issues that Prof. McKeown is outlining in his editorial. Its focus is to identify ways to bridge the gap between the networking community and the Internet standardization bodies. The authors, from Broadcom, Nokia, University of Cambridge, Aalto University and University of Helsinki, are describing the differences and similarities between how the two communities operate. They further provide interesting data on the participation of academic and industrial researchers in standardization bodies. They discuss ways to minimize the friction that may exist as a particular technology is making the leap from the scientific community into the industry.
Similarities can also be found in Dr. Partridge’s editorial. Dr. Partridge identifies the difficulties faced in publishing work that challenges the existing Internet architecture. One of the interesting recommendations made in the editorial is that a new Internet architecture should not start off trying to be backwards compatible. He encourages our community to be more receptive when it comes to those contributions.
Lastly, we have the pleasure to host our second interview in this issue of CCR. Prof. Mellia interviewed Dr. Antonio Nucci, that is the current CTO of Narus, based in the Bay Area. In this interview you will see a description of Dr. Nucci’s journey from an academic researcher to the Best CTO awardee and his recommendations on interesting research directions for current and future PhD candidates.
All in all, this issue of CCR features a number of interesting, thought provoking articles that we hope you enjoy. The intention behind some of them is that they become the catalyst to a discussion as to how we can make our work more impactful in today’s society, a discussion that I find of critical importance, given our society’s increasing reliance on the Internet.
This issue is also accompanied by a number of departures from the editorial board. I would like to thank Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris, and Dr. Jia Wang, for their continuous help over the past 2 and 3 years respectively. And we are welcoming Prof. Phillipa Gill, from Stony Brook University, and Prof. Joel Sommers, from Colgate University. They both join the editorial board with a lot of passion to contribute to CCR’s continued success.
I hope this issue stimulates some discussion and I am at your disposal for any questions or suggestions.