• February 6, 2013

    The Executive Committee has selected Chicago as the city for SIGCOMM 2014.  Fabian Bustamante (Northwestern University) and Y. Charlie Hu (Purdue University) will be the general chairs. More details including precise dates of the conference will come shortly.

  • December 17, 2012

    This award to Teemu Koponen is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, on Information Centric Networking, Accountable Internetworking, and Software Defined Networking. His architectural ideas are deep, have improved practice, and crucially, he has put in significant effort in figuring out how to actually make them happen.

    Teemu gave the Keynote address at CoNEXT 2012 in Nice. More information about the Rising Star Award can be found here.

  • October 15, 2012


    SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in Computer Networking and Data Communication


    This annual award was created by SIGCOMM in 2011, and will recognize excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer networking and data communication. The SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up will be recognized at the ACM SIGCOMM conference. The award winner will receive a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the following year’s ACM SIGCOMM Conference.  The runners-up each will receive a plaque.


    Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.

    The final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline (see below).


    Nominations are due November 30, 2012.  Please see for details.

  • October 15, 2012


    SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    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.

    Nominations for the SIGCOMM Rising Star Award are due November 1, 2012.  Please see for details on how to make a nomination.

  • September 13, 2012

    The SIGCOMM Executive Committee is inviting potential hosts of the SIGCOMM 2014 conference to submit proposals. Details of the proposal process are posted at . Proposals should be submitted to Jaudelice de Oliveira, the Conference Coordinator, no later than October 31, 2012. Based on the three-year rotation schedule, the preference for 2014 is for proposals from North America.

  • August 31, 2012

    Professors often rely on textbooks to teach undergraduate and graduate networking courses. While there are many good introductory textbooks, there are very few books on advanced networking topics that could be suitable to advanced graduate courses in networking. To fill this gap, SIGCOMM Education Committee launches a community project to develop a high-quality, open-source, edited ebook on “Recent Advances in Networking”. This ebook will be distributed online via the SIGCOMM website and released under a creative commons license.

    The ebook developed within this project will be composed of chapters covering advanced networking topics and accompanying teaching material (slides, labs, exercises, …). All the source code of the ebook and the teaching material will on a version controlled repository that will be accessible for the entire SIGCOMM community. We expect that releasing such high quality teaching material will be beneficial for a large number of students and professors. The teaching material will be updated on a regular basis to reflect new advances in our field.

    We invite submissions on a wide range of networking topics, including, but not limited to:

    • Economic aspects of the Internet
    • Enterprise, datacenter, and storage area networks
    • Formal methods applied to networking problems
    • Network architectures and algorithms
    • Network management, operation and traffic engineering
    • Network measurement and modelling and simulation
    • Network security, vulnerability, and defenses
    • Operating system and hardware support for networking
    • Peer-to-peer, overlay, and content distribution networks
    • Routing, switching, and addressing
    • Technical aspects of online social networks
    • Wireless, mobile, ad-hoc, and sensor networks

    In order to aid with synchronisation of activities and coverage of material, at the first stage, we wish to collect Expression of Interest (EoI) for proposed chapters in the ebook. These EOIs can either be surveys that provide a broad introduction to a subfield or detailed descriptions of new techniques/protocols/... An EoI should be an extended abstract of few pages that describes the proposed chapter and references experience in teaching this topic at a graduate level and references existing material (slides, references, …). The ebook chapters will have to be original unpublished material. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the editors by email to check the suitability of material and the fit within the scope. The received EoI and the submitted chapters will be reviewed by members of the editorial board and external reviewers.

    Deadlines :

    • October 15th, 2012 : EoI submission on
    • November 15th, 2012 : Notification of acceptance for EoIs
    • March 1st, 2013 : Submission deadline for ebook chapters
    • Second quarter 2013 : Publication of the ebook after reviews of the submitted chapters

    For more information about the scope and suitability of teaching material, please email:

    Hamed Haddadi
    Olivier Bonaventure

    Review Committee (to be updated)

    Ernst Biersack, Eurecom, France
    Olivier Bonaventure, UCL, Belgium
    Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge University, UK
    Walid Dabbous, INRIA, France
    Bruce Davie, Nicira, USA
    Anja Feldmann, TUB/Deutsche Telekom Labs, Germany
    Krishna Gummadi, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany
    Timothy Griffin, Cambridge University, UK
    Hamed Haddadi, QMUL, UK
    Srinivasan Keshav, University of Waterloo, Canada
    Jim Kurose, University of Massachussets, USA
    Jean-Yves Le Boudec, EPFL, Switzerland
    Nick McKeown, Stanford University, USA
    Larry Peterson, Princeton University, USA

    Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University, USA


    David Wetherall, University of Washington, USA


    Walter Willinger, AT&T Research, USA

  • July 27, 2012

    The winner of the 2012 Test-of-Time Paper award is:

    "Tussle in cyberspace: defining tomorrow's internet", by David Clark, Karen Sollins, John Wroclawski and Bob Braden, Proc. ACM SIGCOMM 2002.

  • July 27, 2012

    Nick McKeown (Stanford University) is the 2012 SIGCOMM Award Winner. He was selected for contributions to the design, analysis, and engineering
    of high-performance routers, resulting in a major impact on the global Internet.

    See previous SIGCOMM awards.

  • March 28, 2012

    SIGCOMM is ACM's forum for discussing communications and computer networks. SIGCOMM members include scientists, engineers, educators and students. They study all aspects of computer communications and networks: analysis, technical design, engineering, measurement and management. In recognition of the international nature of our field, and the resource constraints that can stifle the exchange of ideas, the SIGCOMM Executive Committee has set aside funds to support community projects that will contribute to advancing the field of communications and computer networks and cooperation within the SIG.

    In order to foster cooperation and provide additional benefits to SIGCOMM members, SIGCOMM solicits proposals for projects that could benefit the entire SIGCOMM community. Possible themes for community projects include, but are not limited to:
    • Improving and maintaining software that is vital to the community. The SIGCOMM community uses research-enabling software that has often been developed by researchers or PhD students for specific projects, but is not actively maintained. A community project could focus on some widely used software (e.g., simulation tool, software library, measurement tool) and provide maintenance, documentation and support for this software so that it can be easily used by more researchers.
    • Collecting datasets that are useful for the community. Many SIGCOMM researchers rely on datasets to evaluate the performance of proposed techniques or understand the behavior of protocols or applications. Many of these datasets have been collected by individual researchers and reside on researcher's homepages that disappear after a few years. A community project could collect some of these datasets, or create new ones, and provide the necessary metadata that details the dataset and its known limitations and store them on publicly accessible servers or add them to existing public collections.
    • Understanding the SIGCOMM community and its evolution. Like many communities, the SIGCOMM community evolves. Although SIGCOMM members are skilled at measuring the Internet, we do not have quantitative data about the evolution of our community, e.g., the number of faculty, PhD students or researchers who consider themselves to be network researcher or the job opportunities for graduates. A community project could develop surveys like the Taulbee survey in the United States that could allow us to better understand who are SIGCOMM members and what are their needs.
    • Educational material. Many SIGCOMM members develop various types of educational material for the courses they teach, such as slides, software, exercises, projects, or exams. This educational material is often of very good quality, but only used by one class at one university. An educational project could build on existing educational material and expand it so that it can be easily re-used by other teachers.
    • SIGCOMM video channel. Tutorials have sometimes been offered in parallel with SIGCOMM conferences. Given the availability of video streaming platforms such as ACM's Digital Library, YouTube or Vimeo, it is now possible to widely disseminate presentations or long tutorials by using these platforms. However, this often requires a good quality video production. A community project could assemble a set of tutorials or long presentations, record them and disseminate the results to the entire SIGCOMM community.
    • Training students by reproducing research results. There are regularly discussions about the reproducibility of research results generated within our community. Reproducing previous research results is important but reproducing some results, e.g., measurements or systems results, can take a lot of time. A community project could organize a summer school or a long workshop where students would reproduce previous but important research results. This activity could allow the community to verify whether some past assumptions that were based on old measurements are still valid.
    •  Database of networking courses. SIGCOMM members working in universities teach courses on a broad range of topics. Unfortunately, the teaching material developed for these courses is hidden on university web sites and difficult to find. A community project could categorize these courses and build a web site that presents all these courses in an easily accessible way. 
    • ...

    Call for proposals

    The SIGCOMM Executive Committee will evaluate all SIGCOMM community project proposals. The current list of SIGCOMM officers may be found on the SIGCOMM web site :

    We encourage project proposers to discuss their ideas with a member of the Executive Committee in advance, but this is not required. Proposals should be sent as a PDF file of no more than three pages (11 point font or larger) by email to

    The next submission deadline in January 20th, 2013.

    The deadline for receipt of the project proposal is midnight, New York time. Proposals received on time will be acknowledged by email.
    In exceptional circumstances, funding requests for time-sensitive community projects (e.g., data collection during or after an unexpected event) may be evaluated before the next deadline

    Funding Criteria

    The submitted projects will be evaluated by the SIGCOMM EC. Criteria for funding include:
    • The project must be relevant to and provide value to a large number of SIGCOMM members.
    •  The project must agree to disseminate its results to the community, e.g., via a poster presentation at one of the SIGCOMM-sponsored conference and/or an article in CCR. Furthermore, a brief report must be sent to the SIGCOMM EC at the end of the project.
    • The funding must be for a single activity, although the activity can take place over a number of years. If the activity is the beginning of what will become an on-going event, the project must include a plan for obtaining continued funding from sources other than SIGCOMM.
    • For events that span multiple years, funding may be only for the current year and funding for future years must be requested annually and cannot be guaranteed.
    • The total budget requested from SIGCOMM cannot exceed 20,000 US$. SIGCOMM expects any overhead charged by universities or other organizations to be very low.


    Any SIGCOMM member can submit a proposal. An acceptable proposal should answer the following questions:
    • Title: What is the project to be called?
    • Subject matter: What is the purpose of this project?
    • People: Who speaks for, and take responsibility for this project? Who else is on the team? What are their qualifications to do this project? What is your expectation of success?
    • Budget: What are the major costs for this project ?
    • Duration: Will this project need on-going, continual funding? If so, how many years of seed money are being sought, and what is the plan for continuing funding?
    • Schedule: When will the project start and end?
    • Relevance: What SIGCOMM members are this project relevant to? Do they have similar projects already underway? How will they be involved?
    • Potential value: What is the potential value of the proposed project to SIGCOMM members?
    • Deliverables: What will be the outcome of the project?
    • Delivery vehicle: Who is the audience for this outcome? How will these people be informed of the outcome? Where applicable, how will they get access to the results or products? (Funded community projects are highly encouraged to disseminate the results of the project to the SIGCOMM community by presenting a poster at a SIGCOMM sponsored conference and/or submitting a CCR editorial describing the project results.)
    • Additional funding: Have you considered other sources of funding? Will someone match SIGCOMM funding?
    • Dependency: What other things does the successful completion of this project depend upon?
    • Previous work: What work has already been done in this area and how will this project build on it?
  • March 26, 2012

    ACM, with the support of several SIGs, is putting on a Turing Centenary event in June. Student scholarships are available to attend the event; see below for details.

    Call for Nominations
    ACM SIGCOMM Student Scholarships for
    ACM Turing Centenary Celebration
    15-16 June 2012
    Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA

    Nomination Deadline: 30 April 2012

    ACM SIGCOMM has a limited number of $1K scholarships to award to worthy students to attend the ACM Turing Centenary Celebration 15-16 June 2012 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. $500 of the award must be used to cover 2 nights stay at the Palace Hotel.  The remaining balance will go toward travel expenses.

    Important Dates:

    * Submission Deadline: 20 April 2012.
    * Notification of Awards: 30 April 2012.
    * ACM Turing Centenary Celebration 15-16 June 2012

    A nominee must be an ACM student member/member at the time of nomination. Note: Postdoctoral students are welcome to apply.

    Submission Procedure:
    A nomination should consist of the following items:
    1. Name, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the nomination (the nominator).
    2. Name, address, phone number, and email address of the candidate for whom the scholarship is recommended (the nominee).
    3. A short statement (200-500 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the scholarship.

    Nominations and questions should be submitted to:

    Bruce Davie, Chair, ACM SIGCOMM

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