SIGCOMM News

  • July 24, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. Jim Kurose is the 2016 SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
    2. July issue of CCR
    3. Community feedback session at SIGCOMM 2016

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    1. Jim Kurose has been awarded the 2016 SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award for his sustained excellence in networking research, education, mentoring, and service to the SIGCOMM community.

    Jim will deliver the keynote talk at SIGCOMM 2016. The program for the conference is now online:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/

    2. Note that the last print edition of CCR was in April 2016. The new, online CCR is now available through a dedicated website : https://ccronline.sigcomm.org

    We will add new features on the website to encourage interactions among the entire community. Ideas and suggestions on how to improve the website are more than welcome. Please contact Olivier Bonaventure by email at ccr-editor@sigcomm.org

    This issue contains a wide range of articles. Four peer-reviewed articles have been accepted. In addition to the peer-reviewed technical papers, this issue contains a record number of editorial papers. In his student mentoring column, Aditya Akella discusses the different between journal and conference papers, different types of jobs and conference talks. In the industrial column, Nandita Dukkipati and her colleagues discuss the deployment of new congestion control schemes in datacenters and on the Internet based on their experience at a large cloud provider.

    3. If you have any questions you would like to raise at the community feedback session, but won’t be able to attend in person, please send them by email to the SIG Chair, S. Keshav at keshav@uwaterloo.ca

    That’s all for now!

  • June 25, 2016

    The winner of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award is Mosharaf Chowdhury.  Here is the citation:
     
    Chowdhury’s dissertation provides novel and application-aware networking abstractions which significantly improve the performance of networked applications running in the cloud.
     
    The committee for the Dissertation Award: Ratul Mahajan, Dina Papagiannaki, Laurent Vanbever (chair), and Minlan Yu.
     
    Congratulations, Mosharaf!

  • June 9, 2016

    Committee: Ratul Mahajan,  Dina Papagiannaki,  Jennifer Rexford, Vyas Sekar

     

    Award Papers:

     

    Link-level measurements from an 802.11b mesh network

    Daniel Aguayo, John Bicket, Sanjit Biswas, Glenn Judd, Robert Morris 

    Published in SIGCOMM 2004. 

     

    This paper was one of the first attempts to bring a “systems approach” to wireless networking and in particular provides key lessons from one of the first real operational deployments of wireless mesh networks. The impact of this work was in spawning new directions in wireless network research and in significantly raising the bar for research and evaluation in this domain by bringing to the fore real-world complexities of wireless signal propagation. 

     

    A first-principles approach to understanding the Internet's router-level topology 

    Lun Li, David Alderson, Walter Willinger, John Doyle

    SIGCOMM 2004.

     

    This paper questioned the prevailing work on scale-free graph structure for network topologies that incorrectly speculated an “Achilles’ heel” for the Internet, and instead provided a methodologically sound basis to explain the observed structure of Internet topologies. The impact of the paper was in bringing a greater degree of rigor in network topology research and evaluation, and in informing the community of potential pitfalls in using black-box network models without a clear understanding of underlying structural effects in network design. 

     

    The award papers were selected by a committee of Vyas Sekar (CMU, chair), Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research), Dina Papagiannaki (Telefonica), and Jennifer Rexford (Princeton). Papers co-authored by the committee members were excluded from consideration. All remaining papers in SIGCOMM sponsored conferences from 2004 to 2006 (SIGCOMM, CCR, IMC, CoNEXT, SenSys, and ANCS) were candidates for selection.

  • May 31, 2016

    June 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SIGCOMM 2016 early registration deadline and the hotel room block expiration dates
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 Test of Time Awards
    3. SIGCOMM Rising star nominations
    4. 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award
    5. N2Women SIGCOMM Travel Grant
     
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    1. The SIGCOMM conference will be held in Florianopolis, Brazil in two months’ time. The deadline for booking a hotel room at discounted rates has been extended to July 20th. Please note the early registration deadline is July 14th, 11:59pm CDT). See the website for details:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/index.php
     
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 Test of Time Awards Papers are:
     
    Link-level measurements from an 802.11b mesh network
    Daniel Aguayo, John Bicket, Sanjit Biswas, Glenn Judd, Robert Morris
    Published in SIGCOMM 2004.
     
    This paper was one of the first attempts to bring a “systems approach” to wireless networking and in particular provides key lessons from one of the first real operational deployments of wireless mesh networks. The impact of this work was in spawning new directions in wireless network research and in significantly raising the bar for research and evaluation in this domain by bringing to the fore real-world complexities of wireless signal propagation.

     
    A first-principles approach to understanding the Internet's router-level topology
    Lun Li, David Alderson, Walter Willinger, John Doyle
    SIGCOMM 2004.
     
    This paper questioned the prevailing work on scale-free graph structure for network topologies that incorrectly speculated an “Achilles’ heel” for the Internet, and instead provided a methodologically sound basis to explain the observed structure of Internet topologies. The impact of the paper was in bringing a greater degree of rigor in network topology research and evaluation, and in informing the community of potential pitfalls in using black-box network models without a clear understanding of underlying structural effects in network design.
     
    The award papers were selected by a committee of Vyas Sekar (CMU, chair), Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research), Dina Papagiannaki (Telefonica), and Jennifer Rexford (Princeton). Papers co-authored by the committee members were excluded from consideration. All remaining papers in SIGCOMM sponsored conferences from 2004 to 2006 (SIGCOMM, CCR, IMC, CoNEXT, SenSys, and ANCS) were candidates for selection.
     
    3. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. A nominee must be 35 years of age or younger as of December 31 of the year in which the award would be made.
     
    Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by July 15, 2016, 11:59pm EDT.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award
     
    4. The winner of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award is Mosharaf Chowdhury.  Here is the citation:
     
    Chowdhury’s dissertation provides novel and application-aware networking abstractions which significantly improve the performance of networked applications running in the cloud.
     
    The committee for the Dissertation Award: Ratul Mahajan, Dina Papagiannaki, Laurent Vanbever (chair), and Minlan Yu.
     
    Congratulations, Mosharaf!
     
    5. New this year, we are starting an N2Women Travel Grant for young researchers to participate in the N2Women event and attend Sigcomm.
     
    SIGCOMM'16 is experimenting a new format for the N2Women event at SIGCOMM. The event will be held over a dinner for a longer duration compared to typical lunches, and will be conducted a day before the conference. As part of the event, we are providing travel awards for up to five under-represented graduate students who can attend both the N2women event and SIGCOMM, sponposed by the National Science Foundation (this travel grant is contingent about receiving the NSF funds in time).
     
    To apply for the travel award, please follow the link at: https://goo.gl/JTVGGa

     
    That’s all for now!

  • April 30, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. Spring School of Networks SSN'16 in Chile
    2. Jennifer Rexford is the recipient of the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award
    3. SIGCOMM CCR April issue is now online
    4. CCR online
    5. NetPL 2016 Travel grants
    6. SIGCOMM 2016 news
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    1. The Spring School of Networks (SSN'16), organized by NIC Labs (University of Chile) with the support of ACM SIGCOMM will be held November 21 and 22 2016 in Santiago, Chile. In its second edition, this year’s SSN focuses on the topic of resiliency. The SSN invites students and professionals to participate in the talks, tutorials, poster session, and mentoring led by recognized professionals and academics of the areas of computer networks and the Internet. Note, however, that the school's talks and sessions will be in Spanish.
     
    The SSN is oriented to PhD and Master students, as well as upper-level undergraduate students and junior researchers working on the areas of computer networking, communications, and telematics. We are soliciting original contributions to be presented during the school in the form of a poster. Submissions are limited to 6 pages. Papers should be in Spanish, but with the title and abstract in English. The submission deedline is July 1st, 2016. More information is available at http://www.niclabs.cl/ssn/2016/.
     
    2. We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 recipient of the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award is Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University.  Professor Rexford, a past Chair of ACM SIGCOMM and very active in the community, is being recognized “for innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs), and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks.” The award will be presented at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco on June 11th.
     
    Additional information and the link to the press release are available at:   http://www.acm.org/awards/2016-athena
     
    Congratulations, Jennifer!
     
    3. SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review (CCR) April Issue is now online. http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/
     
    Note that the submission site for CCR has changed. It is now hosted on https://sigcomm-ccr.hotcrp.com
    Please update your bookmarks. The next deadline for technical papers is June 1st, 2016.
     
    4. SIGCOMM CCR will become an entirely online publication starting with the July issue. Our plan is to host SIGCOMM CCR on a Wordpress instance to benefit from all the features brought by this platform. If you have experience in designing/selecting/customising Wordpress themes and have some time to help in this transition, please contact Olivier Bonaventure by email at ccr-editor@sigcomm.org
     
    5. The ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networking and Programming Languages (NetPL 2016, co-located with SIGCOMM 2016), has limited support for funding students to attend the workshop. Students who want to attend the NetPL workshop can apply for a grant through the SIGCOMM travel grants application.
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/netpl.php
     
    6. Please check out the News section of SIGCOMM 2016 website for information about deadlines, travel, and grants:  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/
    This includes
     
    - a list of accepted papers
    - visa information (please do not delay, check if you need one!)
    - mentoring information (submission open, on until 1-Aug)
    - registration information (registration starting this week, early until 15-Jul)
    - travel grants information available (submission will start this week and up to 8-Jun)
    - week schedule (time and dates of workshops, tutorials, social events)
    - detailed description of tutorials
    - preliminary information about topic preview session
    - news about poster & demo submissions: 118 submissions received!
     
    That’s all for now!

  • March 31, 2016

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Encryption, encryption, encryption! Government surveillance, cyber threats, personal data leaks, the Apple versus FBI case, and the recent announcement of WhatsApp providing end-to-end encryption have all hit the major media news headlines this month. Many of us in the networking research community face a variety of challenges in this space: from trying to mine encrypted network traffic for anomalies, to interacting with governments and hacktivists, to facing ethical dilemmas and challenges when performing experiments in-the-wild. Sadly, unlike selecting papers for the SIGCOMM conference, deep-learning will not be the mother-of-all-solutions to these challenges. Hence this year we also made sure that the SIGCOMM conference and the USENIX Security conference do not overlap, giving you just enough time in August to switch from your cowboy hats to havaianas and sunglasses.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. The MOOC "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction"   
    2. Featured ACM Member: Jennifer Rexford
    3. Conext 2016 CFP and CFW
    4. Call for industrial demos at SIGCOMM 2016
    5. Advice for Travellers to SIGCOMM 2016 in Florianópolis
    6. ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Stefan Savage, Innovator in Network Security Research
    7. SIGCOMM 2016 list of accepted tutorials
    8. Tristan Henderson joins the EC as the SIGCOMM Education Director
     
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    1. A free MOOC on "Internet Measurements: a Hands-on Introduction" will soon be held  at France Université Numérique. This MOOC is taught by SIGCOMM members Timur Friedman from UPMC and Renata Teixeira from Inria. It will be available from May, 23, to June, 19, 2016. Registrations are already open:
    https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/inria/41011/session01/about
     
    2. Ex-SIGCOMM Chair Professor Jennifer Rexford was featured in an interview in the online feature “People of ACM”. Read more about Professor Rexford’s research and contributions to the community here:
    http://www.acm.org/articles/people-of-acm/2016/jennifer-rexford
     
    3. The CoNEXT 2016 Call for Papers is now available at:
    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2016/#!/cfp
    Important Dates
    Paper Registration: June 10, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
    Paper Submission: June 17, 2016 (14:59 PDT)
     
    Please also consider submitting proposals for co-located workshops. The call for Workshops co-located with ACM CoNEXT 2016 is also available at:
    http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2016/#!/cfw
    The workshop proposal deadline is April 29, 2016 and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 6, 2016.
     
    4. The deadline for submitting an industrial demo to Sigcomm 2016 is May 20th, 2016. The industrial demo session showcases demos from industry in the area of networking, networked systems, and networked applications. The objective of this session is to bring together industry and academia around demos of innovative and cutting-edge networking products. Please pass this on to your friends in industry!
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/industrialdemos.php
     
    5. Up to date advice for travellers to SIGCOMM 2016, which has been moved to Florianópolis from Salvador, will soon be made available at:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/advisory.php
     
    6. ACM and the Infosys Foundation have named well-known SIG member Stefan Savage as the recipient of the 2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. He was cited for innovative research in network security, privacy and reliability that has taught us to view attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal and economic system. Stefan is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department's Systems and Networking Group at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. A Sloan Fellow and an ACM Fellow, he is also a recipient of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.
     
    The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes the finest recent innovations by young scientists and system developers in the computing field. ACM will present the award at its annual Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco, California.
     
    7. SIGCOMM 2016 will feature 5 interesting tutorials from academia and industry. Find the full list here:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/tutorials.php
     
    8. We are pleased to announce that Tristan Henderson has been appointed as the SIGCOMM Education Director. We will be sharing more news on Tristan’s plans in future newsletters.  EC watchers will note that Tristan takes the place of Olivier Bonaventure, who remains on the EC, but in his new role as Editor of CCR.
    http://www.sigcomm.org/about/people
     
    That’s all for now!

  • February 29, 2016

    March 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. ACM SIGCOMM 2016 is going to be relocated to Florianópolis (South of Brazil)  
    2. ACM open-access policy
     
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    1. ACM SIGCOMM 2016 is going to be relocated to Florianópolis (in the far south of Brazil) to minimize the risk of Zika virus infections. Updated travel information will be available soon at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/ Note that Florianopolis is quite far away from Salvador: about as far away as Toronto is from Miami, so the weather will be quite cool and there are likely to be no mosquitos around.
     
    2. All papers in SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences will be freely available via non-expiring links to the ACM Digital Library. Conference organisers will be able to create conference program pages will contain links to the DL that give access to the paper’s PDF without requiring a DL account. This has been true for the SIGCOMM conference in the past, and will be extended to all SIG-sponsored conferences with immediate effect.
     
    That’s all for now!

  • January 31, 2016

    February 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    With the failure of the Safe Harbour legislations and the announcement of the EU-US Privacy Shield [1], we are bound to observe an interesting year in the evolution of the web ecosystem. This development will certainly affect data flowing across the datacenters and cloud computing facilities of the big players in both the EU and the US.
    Last week, Facebook was given three months to stop tracking non-members of its social network without their consent in France [2]. This trend is likely to continue across the EU. Will we see a renaissance of decentralised distributed systems and services again?
    [1] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-216_en.htm
    [2]  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35531224
     
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. CCR Distribution channels survey
    2. Travel grants for 6th PhD School on Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA)
    2.  ICN 2016 CFP
    3. Calling all students and academics: RACI applications open
     
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    1. SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review will only be distributed online starting with the July 2016 issue. The SIGCOMM EC would like your opinion on whether CCR should be distributed through apps running on smartphones in addition to the PDF versions in the ACM Digital Library and on the SIGCOMM website. Please fill our one question survey at: http://goo.gl/forms/O5w1HWsPXq
     
    2. The 6th PhD School on Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA) will continue the tradition of the former editions covering topics in network monitoring and analysis going from theory to practice. This year's School will have five classes, poster sessions where students will have the opportunity to discuss their work, and an interactive session in which students will discuss research topics with specialists. The purpose of the travel grants program is to encourage graduate student participation at the TMA PhD School by funding the travel costs (or part thereof) for students who otherwise would be unable to attend.
     
    Application Deadline: February 15, 2016, 23:59 CET
    http://tma.ifip.org/2016/phdSchool/

     
    3. ICN 2016 deadlines are approaching. See the call for papers, posters, demo, workshop and tutorial at http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/acm-icn/2016/
     
    4. RIPE NCC is looking for talented researchers in the field of Internet technology to share their research with the RIPE community as part of the RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI). Successful applicants will receive complimentary tickets, travel and accommodation to meetings and the opportunity to present their work to some of the leading technical figures in the Internet world.
     
    https://www.ripe.net/raci/
     
    Application Deadlines
    MENOG 16 (23-24 March 2016, Istanbul):  11 February
    SEE 5 (19-20 April 2016, Tirana):  23 February
    RIPE 72 (23-27 May 2016, Copenhagen):  28 March
    ENOG 11 (7-8 June 2016, Moscow):  12 April
     
    That’s all for now!

  • December 31, 2015

    January 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Happy 2016! I hope that you were able to spend quality time during your vacations and holidays, working away on your submissions for the wave of deadlines coming up in the next few weeks!
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. The last printed issue of CCR will be the April 2016 issue.
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 workshops
    3. Dates for IMC 2016
    4. SIGCOMM Award nominations 2016
     
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    1. The first print issue of Computer Communication Review (CCR) was published in 1970, shortly after the installation of the first ARPANET nodes. In March 1970, the CCR Editor wrote "it is our intention to have SIGCOMM play an active role in publicizing, reporting, commenting upon, and debating the technical and non-technical issues relating to advances in computer communications and the realization of the benefits of those advances by users."
     
    46 years later, there is no doubt that SIGCOMM has played a significant role in the evolution of the field of computer communications. It is probably safe to assume that only the most optimistic SIGCOMM members in 1970 would have dreamed of the impact that computer communications in general have on Computer Science and on our entire society. Given the ubiquity of the Internet today, a printed newsletter is not the best solution to report, comment upon, and debate the future of our field any more. The SIGCOMM Executive Community decided in December 2015 to replace our printed newsletter with an online newsletter. The last printed issue will be the April 2016 issue and the first entirely online newsletter will be published in July 2016. We received positive feedback on this proposal during the community feedback session in London; nevertheless, if you have concerns, please feel free to contact the SIG Chair, Vice Chair, or Editor with them.
     
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 will host 5 workshops:

    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Middleboxes and Network Function Virtualization (HotMiddlebox 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on QoE-based Analysis and Management of Data Communication Networks (Internet-QoE 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Fostering Latin-American Research in Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networking and Programming Languages (NetPL 2016)

     
    See the website for full details on submissions and CFPs:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/
     
    3. The new dates for IMC 2016 are Nov 14-17, 2016. See the website for all the details:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2016/
     
    4. Nominations are sought for 2016 SIGCOMM award. The SIGCOMM Award was initiated in 1989 as a means of honoring computer communication professionals for outstanding lifetime technical achievement in the fields of data and computer communications. The nomination should be made in the form of a letter addressed to the Chairman of the SIGCOMM Award Committee (Bruce Maggs). The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements. The nominator is responsible for gathering all nomination materials to the Chair of the Awards Committee on or before March 31. More details can be found here:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations
     
    That’s all for now!

  • November 30, 2015

    December 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    With the end of 2015 at hand, we can reflect upon a year of many events in the Internet landscape, from net neutrality battles, to the fall of safe harbours, and legal threats to the future of encryption on the web. I hope that in 2016 we will see a move towards a free and open Internet that is available and accessible to everyone across the world. On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to wish you season’s greetings, and best wishes for the new year.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. CoNext seeking site proposals for 2017
    2.  CAIDA BGP Hackathon, Call for Participation and travel grants
    3. ACM Fellows and Distinguished Scientists 2015
     
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    1. The Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting CoNext 2017. Please see here for details on CoNext and instructions for site proposals:
    http://sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference
    http://www.sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference/site-proposals
     
    2. CAIDA, in cooperation with CSU, USC, UFMG, FORTH, Route Views, RIPE NCC, will host a BGP Hackathon on the 6-7th of February 2016 at UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA). The theme of the hackathon is “live BGP measurements and monitoring”.
     
    When: Feb 6-7, 2016
    Where: the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
    Who: Parties interested in hacking on live BGP data.
    Inquiries: bgp-hackathon-info@caida.org
    Important Deadline: Dec 22, 2015 for travel grant requests
    Apply to attend: http://www.caida.org/workshops/bgp-hackathon/1602/
     
    3. Three SIGCOMM members have been selected as ACM Fellows this year: Kevin Fall, Michael George Luby, and Pablo Rodriguez. Other members of the community were recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientists: Ratul Mahajan, Konstantina Papagiannaki, and Ben Y Zhao. Congratulations to them all!
     
    That’s all for now!

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