SIGCOMM News

  • July 26, 2019

    July 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    SIGCOMM Artifacts Evaluation Committee
    SIGCOMM 2018 Initiative against harassment and discrimination
    July 2018 issue of SIGCOMM’s Computer Communication Review is available online
    Call for Papers: CoNEXT EPIQ workshop
    Call for Papers: SIGCOMM’s Computer Communication Review (CCR)
    Call for Poster/Demo: The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2018)
    Call for Papers, Posters and Demos: Second ACM Workshop on the Internet of Safe Things
    Call for Papers: First International Workshop on Data: Acquisition To Analysis
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    SIGCOMM Artifacts Evaluation Committee
    A growing fraction of the papers accepted by Computer Communication Review and the SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences includes artifacts such as simulation models, measurement datasets, software implementations, etc. These artifacts are an essential part of many of these papers, and artifacts’ availability encourages other researchers to build upon and extend previous results. ACM has created a badging system to assess the quality of these artifacts and ACM SIGCOMM will create a SIGCOMM Artifact Evaluation Committee that will organise this fall an evaluation of the artifacts released for the papers published in CCR and presented at the SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences and workshops during 2017. Additional information about this evaluation will be available at SIGCOMM’18 and more details will be provided in the next issue of this newsletter.

    SIGCOMM 2018 Initiative against harassment and discrimination
    The SIGCOMM EC has been studying the implementation of a committee against discrimination and harassment, following the steps of SIGARCH and its initiative, CARES (Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and haraSsment policy violations). The upcoming conference in Budapest will have an ad-hoc committee, led by Ellen Zegura, to serve as a resource for attendees who have been subject to discrimination or harassment during the conference.

    July 2018 issue of SIGCOMM’s Computer Communication Review 
     
    The July 2018 issue of CCR is available online at https://ccronline.sigcomm.org. It contains three technical articles (Accelerating Network Measurement in Software, Looking for Hypergiants in PeeringDB and  Practical Challenge-Response for DNS ) and three editorial contributions (Mosaic5G: Agile and Flexible Service Platforms for 5G Research, NDN Host Model and  Workshop on Internet Economics (WIE2017) Final Report ).
     

    Call for Papers: CoNEXT EPIQ workshop
    https://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2018/#!/workshop-epiq
    The transport protocol QUIC has emerged from a proprietary effort undertaken by Google to a next generation transport protocol being standardized in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). While its original motivation and design was to support next-generation Web traffic using HTTP/2, embedding QUIC into the Internet architecture raises exciting challenges beyond the necessary engineering efforts. Google QUIC has seen deployment and motivated research papers measuring, extending, and evaluating QUIC from various perspectives.
     
    The ACM CoNEXT Workshop on the Evolution, Performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ) seeks to foster this emerging community. We invite researchers from academia and industry as well as engineers to explore novel ideas and future directions of QUIC and its interaction with applications and networks.
     
    EPIQ solicits two types of submissions, for presentation and discussion at the workshop: academic papers and posters & demos. Submissions of both types should focus on topics related to the rise of QUIC on the mobile and fixed Internet as well as enterprise and datacenter networks. Papers focusing on either the original flavor of QUIC currently deployed by Google or the upcoming IETF standard of QUIC are in scope. We encourage submissions of demos supporting growing a community, e.g., about tools for protocol testing, deployment, and performance evaluation, among others. Open source tools are preferred.
     
    We encourage the submission of early results, negative results, and independently reproduced results of previously published work.

    Call for Papers: SIGCOMM’s Computer Communication Review (CCR)
     
    CCR accepts three types of submissions: short technical papers, repeatable technical papers and editorial notes. Short technical papers are carefully prepared presentations of technical material. The length of the paper is strictly limited to 6 pages (including references). Repeatable technical papers are carefully prepared presentations of technical material. The authors also submit the artifacts (software, datasets, …) that are necessary to repeat the key results described in the paper. The length of the paper is not limited but authors are encouraged to submit concise papers. Editorial notes are typically shorter and less formal presentations on topics of broad interest to the research community. They are not peer-reviewed. Authors considering submission of an editorial contribution are welcome to contact the Editor for feedback about its appropriateness, if desired. 
     
    Additional information about CCR are available on: https://ccronline.sigcomm.org
    Submitted papers are processed in batch by the editors. The next submission deadline is September 1st, 2018

    Call for Poster/Demo: The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2018)
    http://sensys.acm.org/2018/
     
    SenSys 2018 solicits submissions of poster and demo abstracts reflecting on-going research progress and/or demonstrating working prototypes. We welcome submissions in broadly defined areas of interests (but not limited to): systems of smart sensors and actuators, brand-new applications of sensory devices, smart things, and smart infrastructure, and the underlying research challenges in communication, networking, energy and resources, data management, algorithms and machine intelligence, hardware designs, and deployment on real environments.
     
    Student participants will greatly benefit from the Posters and Demos session; it will be a lively forum to present their work and receive early feedback from international leading experts attending the conference. We explicitly encourage submissions of revolutionary concepts, path-breaking ideas, and ongoing research prototypes.
     
    Major IT industry, as well as emerging technology startups, are also highly encouraged to participate. SenSys is an ideal venue to present brand-new products, early prototypes, new development platforms, or even ongoing crowdfunding projects of smart platforms and solutions that might catalyze future applications and/or disrupt today’s sensing and networking technologies.
     
    Submitted abstracts will be evaluated based on technical merit and innovation as well as their potential to stimulate interesting discussions and exchange of ideas. Authors of accepted abstracts will be given a one-minute slot in a “madness session” during the conference to present their work in front of the conference audience. As with previous editions of SenSys, the best poster and demo will receive an award.
     
    ****  Important Dates **** 
    Submission Deadline: August 20, 2018, 11:59:59pm AOE
    Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2018, 11:59:59pm AOE
    Camera-ready abstract: September 14, 2018, 11:59:59pm AOE

    Call for Papers, Posters and Demos: Second ACM Workshop on the Internet of Safe Things
    https://www.safethings.info/   
    Co-located with Sensys        
     
    The Internet of Safe Things workshop (or SafeThings, for brevity) seeks to bring researchers and practitioners that are actively exploring system design, modeling, verification, authentication approaches to provide safety guarantees in the Internet of Things (IoT). The workshop welcomes contributions that integrate hardware and software systems provided by disparate vendors, particularly those that have humans in the loop. As safety is inherently linked with the security and privacy, we welcome contributions that address safety concerns in these areas as well. With the SafeThings workshop, we seek to develop a community that systematically dissects the vulnerabilities and risks exposed by these emerging CPSes, and create tools, algorithms, frameworks and systems that help in the development of safe systems.
     
    ******IMORTANT DATES******
     
    Abstract Submission Deadline: August 6, 2018, 23:59 AOE
    Paper Submission Deadline: August 13, 2018, 23:59 AOE
    Poster and demo submission deadline: August 13, 2018, 23:59 AOE
    Acceptance Notification: September 7, 2018
    Camera-ready versions: September 20, 2018

    Call for Papers: First International Workshop on Data: Acquisition To Analysis
    **** Part of SenSys 2018 ****
    https://workshopdata.github.io/DATA2018/
                
    Sensor systems are proliferating in many parts of research such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). This proliferation has led to an explosion of activity in many applications that cover a multitude of areas. As these research progresses, sharing of data has become a frequent bottle neck in showing repeatability and allowing follow up research from the community.
     
    The Data: Acquisition To Analysis (DATA) workshop aims to solicit datasets and tools from past and current sensor deployments and data gathering efforts. The workshop aims to bring together the community of application researchers, and algorithm researchers in the sensing systems domain to promote breakthroughs from the integration of the communities. The workshop will foster cross-domain understanding by enabling both the understanding of algorithmic needs and data collection limitations.
     
    The workshop seeks contributions describing original datasets in all topics related to the sensor networks, IoT and CPS. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the following:
     

    • Shopping-related sensing data
    • Animal-related data or sensing data
    • Anonymized health, or synthetic health-related data
    • Indoor localization, WiFi, UWB, lidar,
    • Smart building, vibration, BIM, occupancy, motion
    • Vehicular, GPS, cell, WiFi,
    • Tools for generating synthetic data.

     
    To enable the longevity of the data, we plan on providing a central location where a repository for the data, and information about the data can be archived for at least 5 years.
     
    **** Important dates ****
    Submission deadline: Aug 16, 2018.
    Notifications: Sep 1, 2018.
    Camera-ready : Sep 14, 2018. (same as the deadline for Demo/Posters)
    Workshop: Nov 4, 2018.

  • July 26, 2019

    June 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    SIGCOMM 2018 Call for Participation
    Call for site proposals for CoNEXT 2019
    Call for Nominations for SIGCOMM 2018 Rising Star Award 
    Call for Papers for HotNets 2018
    APNet 2018 Call for Participation
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    SIGCOMM 2018 Call for Participation
    July 14 is the early registration deadline of ACM SIGCOMM 2018: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/registration.html. Coming to Eastern Europe for the first time ever, the flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication takes place in Budapest on August 20-25. 
     
    SIGCOMM 2018 is traditionally centered on an excellent main-conference program, which consists of 40 papers in network congestion control, routing, data center networking, IoT, wireless technologies, applications, hardware support, SDN, verification, and measurements: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/program.html. Jennifer Rexford, the recipient of the SIGCOMM 2018 Award for Lifetime Contribution, delivers the conference keynote. A number of diverse events run in parallel with the main conference and include posters and demos, student research competition, industrial demos, topic previews, and mentoring sessions. 
     
    Tutorials and workshops explore network programming, virtualization, machine learning and big data analytics, security and privacy, and other topics of a high current interest in networking research. One special symposium consists exclusively of invited talks by ERC grant holders in the areas of networking and distributed systems. An inaugural SIGCOMM hackathon concludes the conference on August 25.
     
    Complementing its technical excellence, SIGCOMM 2018 benefits from its superb location in the heart of Budapest with stunning views from the Pest embankment to Buda hills across the Danube. Famous for its Hungarian cuisine and wines, Budapest is a naturally beautiful, culturally sophisticated, and technologically advanced European city. The SIGCOMM 2018 main conference and its parallel events meet in Vigadó, a legendary concert hall. The diverse SIGCOMM 2018 social events start with a welcome reception that coincides with the spectacular fireworks held on the Danube to celebrate a major national holiday of Hungary.
     
    An attendee of SIGCOMM 2018 main conference may register for a workshop at a discounted fee of $100. Participants who register for a Monday or Friday workshop or tutorial may freely attend another workshop on the same day. To benefit from early registration rates, remember to register for ACM SIGCOMM 2018 by July 14 at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/registration.html.

    Call for site proposals for CoNEXT 2019
    The CoNEXT Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting CoNEXT 2019, which will be held in North America. Please see here for details on CoNEXT and instructions for site proposals. Information about the conference and the format of site proposals can be found on the web:
     
    http://sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference
    http://www.sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference/site-proposals
     
    The deadline for full site proposals is October 15, 2018, but proposers are encouraged to let the steering committee know about their intent to propose earlier.  Please e-mail site proposals, intent to propose, and questions to the SC Chair, Peter Steenkiste (prs@cs.cmu.edu).
     

    Call for Nominations for SIGCOMM 2018 Rising Star Award
    Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual within 10 years of receiving their highest university degree - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of her or his 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.
     
    The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address.   Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM.
     
    Nominations for SIGCOMM Rising Star Award: July 15th
     

    Call for Papers for HotNets 2018
    HotNets 2018: Seventeenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, November 13-November 14, 2018 — Redmond, Washington, USA
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2018/cfp.html
     
    The 17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets 2018) will bring together researchers in computer networks and systems to engage in a lively debate on the theory and practice of computer networking. HotNets provides a venue for discussing innovative ideas and for debating future research agendas in networking.
     
    We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short position papers. We encourage papers that identify fundamental open questions, advocate a new approach, offer a constructive critique of the state of networking research, re-frame or debunk existing work, report unexpected early results from a deployment, report on promising but unproven ideas, or propose new evaluation methods. Novel ideas need not be supported by full evaluations; well-reasoned arguments or preliminary evaluations can support the possibility of the paper’s claims.
     
    We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues (SIGCOMM, SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, MobiCom, MobiSys, CoNEXT, etc.), rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over “conference papers in miniature”. Finished work that fits in a short paper is likely a better fit with the short-paper tracks at either CoNEXT or IMC.
     
    HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This includes new ideas relating to (but not limited to) mobile, wide-area, data-center, home, and enterprise networks using a variety of link technologies (wired, wireless, visual, and acoustic), as well as social networks and network architecture. It encompasses all aspects of networks, including (but not limited to) packet-processing hardware and software, virtualization, mobility, provisioning and resource management, performance, energy consumption, topology, robustness and security, measurement, diagnosis, verification, privacy, economics and evolution, interactions with applications, and usability of underlying networking technologies.
     
    Position papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of stimulating insightful discussion at the workshop, and technical merit. Accepted papers will be posted online prior to the workshop and will be published in the ACM Digital Library to facilitate wide dissemination of the ideas discussed at the workshop.

     
    Toward facilitating reflective discussion within the networking research community, HotNets 2018 will continue the HotNets Dialogues: give-and-take written discussions of a selection of accepted papers, each between a pair of program committee members, that will be posted on the HotNets web site shortly before the workshop.
     
    Important Dates

    Abstract registration deadline:

    Jul 13, 2018 (7:59 PM EDT)

    Paper submission deadline:

    Jul 20, 2018 (7:59 PM EDT)

    Acceptance/rejection notification to authors:

    Sep 22, 2018

    Camera-ready submission deadline:

    Oct 20, 2018

    Workshop:

    Nov 13-14, 2018

     

    APNet 2018 Call for Participation
    ACM APNet 2018 will be held in Beijing on 2-3 August 2018.
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/events/apnet2018/
     
    The highlights at APNet'18 include: 1) 10 paper presentations and a keynote by Zhi-Li Zhang from University of Minnesota, plus a poster/demo session; 2) 6 industry talks from Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, Microsoft, Intel, and Toutiao, together with a panel discussing real networking problems in production; 3) 5 talks of SIGCOMM'18 accepted papers (from China).
     
    Beijing makes a perfect combination of the traditional Chinese culture and the high-tech industry, and the event would be held at Tsinghua University, which is the epitome of this combination. Welcome to join us! Registration deadline is July 31, 11:59 pm, Beijing Time. https://conferences.sigcomm.org/events/apnet2018/registration.html

  • July 26, 2019

    May 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    Jennifer Rexford to Receive 2018 SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contributions
    SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, Call for Nominations
    Call for applications, ACM IMC Shadow TPC
    Call for extended abstracts, travel grants available. School of Systems and Networks (SSN'18)
    Students get support to attend TMA PhD School in Vienna
    News on behalf of sister SIGs: MobiSys 2018 call for participation
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    Jennifer Rexford to Receive 2018 SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contributions
    Jennifer Rexford from Princeton University was selected as the recipient of the 2018 SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Contributions.  Please join us in congratulating Jennifer on this well-deserved award.
     

    Call for Nominations: SIGCOMM Rising Star Award 
    Each year, ACM SIGCOMM presents a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual within 10 years from receiving their highest university degree - 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 evaluate the nominees. Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor.
     
    Nominations for the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star award are due on July 15. Please see the following link for eligibility criteria, nomination guidelines, and the deadline. https://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award
     

    Call for applications, ACM IMC Shadow TPC
    This year there is going to be an ACM IMC Shadow TPC! The Shadow PC will consist of PhD students, postdocs, early-career academics, and junior researchers. The goal is to provide an educational experience by exposing shadow TPC members to a review process and to subsequently train the next generation of program committee (PC) members.
     
    Interested to join? Please apply until June 8, 2018, or forward to your students! All details: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2018/shadow/
     
    We're also going to try something new this year! We plan to use the Shadow PC as a means to experiment with new approaches to managing the TPC decision process. We will implement an 
    A/B experiment to compare the experience of in-person vs. remote meetings. As part of this, the IMC Shadow PC will be split in two groups. (i) Those who will attend an in-person Shadow PC meeting, held at the end of July in Berlin; (ii) Those who will attend an online meeting via professional video conferencing distributed among two or more remote sites, also held at the end of July. Every participant needs to decide up front which group he or she would like to join. We assume that members based in Europe can travel easier and expect from them to 
    attend the one-day in-person meeting.
     
    The outcomes of these two meetings will be recorded and compared, and used to inform possible SIGCOMM’s experiments with future PC meetings.
     
    Shadow PC Chairs (contact: imc18shadowtpcchairs@lists.fu-berlin.de)
      Matthias Wählisch (Freie Universitat Berlin)
      Gareth Tyson (Queen Mary University of London)
      Aruna Balasubramanian (Stony Brook University)
     

    Call for extended abstracts, travel grants available. School of Systems and Networks (SSN'18)
    The School of Systems and Networks (SSN'18), organized by NIC Labs (University of Chile) with the support of ACM SIGCOMM will be held October 29-31 2018in Valdivia, Chile. In its fourth edition, the topic selected is “this IS rocket science”, where we will discuss networks, communications, and systems for spatial exploration. The keynotes and lectures will address topics such as systems and design for space exploration, inter-satellite communications, satellite IoT, big data for astronomy, mesh and DNT networks for global Internet access, among others. The call for posters, however, will be open to all topics related to computer networks, communications, and systems. Accepted works are entitled to apply for travel grants that will be provided by ACM SIGCOMM, as reimbursement for air travel expenses of grantees. More information is available at http://niclabs.cl/ssn/2018/. Deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15th, 2018. Questions, inquiries, and comments: ssn2018@niclabs.cl
     

    Students get support to attend TMA PhD School in Vienna
    The 8th TMA - Traffic Measurement and Analysis PhD School takes School takes place in Vienna, June 25-26, and will consist of hands-on labs and talks, including Idilio Drago, Bruce Maggs and Anja Feldmann as speakers. There will be 52 students attending, 21% of which female. The SIG is contributing with most of the funding to travel grants, allowing 30 students from all over the world to participate, of which 20 are within Europe, 8 come from South America, 1 from Asia and 1 from North America.

    News on behalf of sister SIGs: MobiSys 2018 call for participation
    ACM MobiSys 2018 will be held in the city of Munich 10-15 June 2018.
    https://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/
     
    We will have 37 full papers and some 40 posters/demo, 6 workshops, and 1 PhD forum.  Two keynotes by Martin Hauschild (BMW) and Tommaso Melodia (Northeastern University) and a panel.
     
    The 1st ACM Open IoT Day will be on 11 June with a keynote by Vint Cerf, Satya's test-of-time award talk, and visionary talks from industry, including BMW, Ericsson, IBM, and Intel, among others.
     
    On 10/11 June, will feature our IoT Hackathon (application deadline for participants is 20 May 2018):  https://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/hackathon/
     
    Our social events will focus on different regional features: the reception being held in the BMW Museum and the banquet next to the oldest operating brewery, featuring the premiere of MobiSys Pale Ale, produced by TUM's own research brewery in Weihenstephan.
     
    Early registration and hotel reservation deadline is 14 May 2018.  Join us in Munich: https://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/registration/

  • July 26, 2019

    April 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    Call for Papers:  ACM CoNEXT 2018 (4-7 Dec, 2018, Heraklion, Greece)
    Dina Katabi Receives 2017 ACM Prize in Computing
    Call for Papers: 16th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation
    Call for Papers: HotNets 2018: Seventeenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks
    ACM IoT Day in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2018 in Munich, 10-15 June 2018
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    Call for Papers: ACM CoNEXT 2018 (4-7 Dec, 2018, Heraklion, Greece)
     
    The CoNEXT 2018 conference seeks papers presenting significant and novel research results on emerging computer networks and its applications. We especially encourage submissions that present novel experimentation, creative use of networking technologies, and new insights made possible using analysis. We invite submissions on a wide range of topics which include but are not limited to:
    ● Big data platforms with applications to network management, security, measurements
    ● Content distribution and caching, e.g., CDN, peer-to-peer, overlays, wide-area
    ● Design, analysis, and evaluation of network architectures
    ● Experience papers providing detailed technical insights into real-world deployments of novel
    networking technologies and systems
    ● Internet measurement and modeling
    ● Innovative uses of network data beyond communication
    ● Networking aspects of data-centers and cloud computing
    ● Networking aspects of operating systems and virtualization architectures
    ● Network control and management, including SDN, NFV and network programmability
    ● Architectures, designs, analysis, measurements of programmable data planes and in-network
    computing
    ● Network, transport, and application-layer protocols
    ● Networking aspects of ubiquitous computing, including Internet-of-Things, smart homes, and
    smart cities
    ● Networking aspects of online social networks
    ● Network economics
    ● Network verification and validation
    ● Novel applications of machine learning to networking
    ● Reliability and availability of networks, protocols, and applications
    ● Routing and traffic engineering
    ● Security and privacy aspects of networks, protocols, and applications
    ● Self-organizing/driving, autonomous, and federated network systems
    ● Topics at the intersection of energy-efficient computing and networking
    ● Wireless and cellular networks
    We are open to other contributions that stretch networking research outside of these topics, present new emerging computing trends, or potentially involve unfamiliar techniques. We ask authors to bear in mind that the main factor of interest for their work will be the implications of their results in networking. Potential authors who are unsure of the scope are encouraged to contact the PC chairs before submission. 
     
    In addition to the main conference, CoNEXT 2018 will have a series of co-located workshops, poster and demo sessions, a travel grant program, and conference best paper awards.
     
    Important dates

    • Abstract Registration: Monday June 15, 2018 (23:59 PDT)
    • Paper Submission: Monday June 22, 2018 (23:59 PDT) (hard deadline, no extensions will be given)
    • Notification of Acceptance: September 12, 2018
    • Camera Ready: October 12, 2018
    • Conference: Tuesday, December 4th to Friday, 7th, 2018

     
    Contact us
    ● If you have any questions please email the TPC co-chairs at: <conext18-tpc_at_ics.forth.gr>
    ● Official CoNEXT website: https://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2018

     

    Dina Katabi Receives 2017 ACM Prize in Computing
    ACM has named Dina Katabi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) the recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing for creative contributions to wireless systems. She and her team pioneered the use of wireless signals in applications that can sense humans behind walls, determine their movements and even surmise their emotional states. These trailblazing human-sensing technologies hold out promise for use in several applications of daily life.
     

    Call for Papers: 16th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation
     
    The Call for Papers for the 16th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation is now available! NSDI '19 will take place February 25–28, 2019, in Boston, MA, USA.
     
    NSDI focuses on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of networked and distributed systems. This year, we're making two major changes: we're offering two submission deadlines, and we're providing the possibility of getting one-shot-revision decisions in lieu of rejection.
     
    The Spring deadline to submit your paper titles and abstracts is Thursday, May 24, 2018. The Fall deadline will be in September. Please view the complete Call for Papers for all the details and submission instructions.
     

    Call for Papers: HotNets 2018: Seventeenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks
    November 8-November 9, 2018 — Redmond, Washington, USA
     
    We invite researchers and practitioners to submit short position papers. We encourage papers that identify fundamental open questions, advocate a new approach, offer a constructive critique of the state of networking research, re-frame or debunk existing work, report unexpected early results from a deployment, report on promising but unproven ideas, or propose new evaluation methods. Novel ideas need not be supported by full evaluations; well-reasoned arguments or preliminary evaluations can support the possibility of the paper’s claims.
     
    We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues (SIGCOMM, SOSP, OSDI, NSDI, MobiCom, MobiSys, CoNEXT, etc.), rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over “conference papers in miniature”. Finished work that fits in a short paper is likely a better fit with the short-paper tracks at either CoNEXT or IMC.
     
    HotNets takes a broad view of networking research. This includes new ideas relating to (but not limited to) mobile, wide-area, data-center, home, and enterprise networks using a variety of link technologies (wired, wireless, visual, and acoustic), as well as social networks and network architecture. It encompasses all aspects of networks, including (but not limited to) packet-processing hardware and software, virtualization, mobility, provisioning and resource management, performance, energy consumption, topology, robustness and security, measurement, diagnosis, verification, privacy, economics and evolution, interactions with applications, and usability of underlying networking technologies.
     
    Position papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of stimulating insightful discussion at the workshop, and technical merit. Accepted papers will be posted online prior to the workshop and will be published in the ACM Digital Library to facilitate wide dissemination of the ideas discussed at the workshop.
     
    Toward facilitating reflective discussion within the networking research community, HotNets 2018 will continue the HotNets Dialogues: give-and-take written discussions of a selection of accepted papers, each between a pair of program committee members, that will be posted on the HotNets web site shortly before the workshop.
     
    Important Dates

    Abstract registration deadline:

    Jul 13, 2018 (7:59 PM EDT)

    Paper submission deadline:

    Jul 20, 2018 (7:59 PM EDT)

    Acceptance/rejection notification to authors:

    Sep 22, 2018

    Camera-ready submission deadline:

    Oct 20, 2018

    Workshop:

    Nov 8-9, 2018

     

    ACM IoT Day in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2018 in Munich, 10-15 June 2018
     
    The ACM Open IoT Day, will be held in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2018 in Munich, 10-15 June 2018. See https://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/iot_day/
    ACM Open IoT day will provide a venue for industry practitioners and academics to examine the future evolution of the IoT, with particular attention to transparency, trust, and ethics aspects arising from the rapid advances in its enabling technologies and applications. 

  • July 26, 2019

    March 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    Call for Papers: The 2018 ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2018)
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    Call for Papers: The 2018 ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2018)
     
    Shenzhen, China
    November 4-7, 2018
    http://sensys.acm.org/2018/
     
    The ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2018) is the premier computer systems conference focused on the architecture, design, implementation, and performance of networked sensing systems, sensor-oriented data modeling, and analytics, in addition to sensor-enabled applications. ACM SenSys brings together academic, industry, and government professionals to a single-track, highly selective forum, that takes a broad view on the areas of computing that are relevant to the future of sensor systems. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the following:
     
    - New platforms and hardware designs for networked sensor systems
    - Systems software, including operating systems and network stacks
    - Low power operation, energy harvesting, and energy management
    - Applications, and deployment experiences (such as smart cities, wellness and healthcare sensing, and industrial process monitoring)
    - Resource-efficient machine learning for embedded and mobile platforms
    - Wireless media access control, network, and transport-layer protocol designs
    - New communication paradigms for ubiquitous connectivity
    - Innovations in learning algorithms and models for sensor perception and understanding
    - Mobile and pervasive systems, including personal wearable devices, drones, and robots
    - Sensing, actuation, and control
    - System services such as time and location estimation
    - Data management and analytics, including quality, integrity, and trustworthiness
    - Learning, adaptation, and autonomy in cyber-physical systems
    - Heterogeneous collaborative sensing, including human-robot sensor systems
    - Fault-tolerance, reliability, and verification
    - Security and privacy in sensor-enabled applications and systems
     
    We invite technical papers describing original ideas, ground-breaking results, and real-world experiences involving innovative sensor systems. Successful submissions will explain why the topic is relevant to a vision of the future of sensing systems. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, clarity, relevance, and correctness. In addition to citing relevant, published work, authors must cite and relate their submissions to relevant prior publications of their own. Ethical approval for experiments with human subjects should be demonstrated as part of the submission.
     
    Important Dates
    - Paper Registration and Abstract: April 1, 2018, 11:59 PM GMT.
    - Paper Submission Deadline: April 8, 2018, 11:59 PM GMT.
    - Notification of Paper Acceptance: July 20, 2018, 11:59 PM GMT.
    - Paper Acceptance Notification: 20th July 2018 GMT.
    - Camera-Ready Deadline: 20th Sept 2018 GMT.
     
    Note: These are hard deadlines. No extension will be granted.
     
    For detailed information about the program and submission guideline, please visit http://sensys.acm.org/2018/.
     
    General Chairs: Lin Zhang (Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute), Pei Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Program Chairs: Tian He (University of Minnesota), Nic Lane (University of Oxford)

  • July 26, 2019

    February 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    SIGCOMM networking systems award nominations are due on March 31st 2018
    SIGCOMM award for lifetime contributions are due on March 31st 2018
    SIGCOMM 2018 Workshops, Calls for Papers
    Applied Networking Research Workshop 2018, Call for Papers
    Information-Centric Networking Conference (ICN), Call for Papers 
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    SIGCOMM 2018 networking systems award nominations due on March 31st 2018
     
    Due to delays in announcing the deadline for nominations for the networking systems award, we have extended the submission deadline to March 31st 2018.
    Overview
    The SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award is awarded to an institution or individual(s) to recognize the development of a networking system that has had a significant impact on the world of computer networking. The impact may be reflected in the wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by the wider networking community either in research projects, in the open-source community, or commercially.
    The award includes a prize of $2,500 (to be shared among the recipients) and plaque(s) for the recipient(s).
    Relationship to ACM Software Systems Award
    This differs in scope from the ACM Software System Award as it targets only networking systems, and is not restricted only to software. Networking systems may be realized as software, hardware, or a combination of both. Some recipients of the SIGCOMM Networking Systems award may be eligible
    for the ACM Software Systems Award. However, systems that have received the ACM Software Systems Award in the past will not be considered for the SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award.
    Selection Committee
    The chair of the selection committee is a member of SIGCOMM appointed by the SIGCOMM awards chair. Other committee members are selected by the chair of the selection committee with approval of the SIGCOMM awards chair. The SIGCOMM awards Chair shall adjudicate conflicts of interest, appointing substitutes to the committee as necessary. The committee will have a minimum of three members.
    Nominations
    Nominations may be submitted at any time to the SIGCOMM awards chair. Nominations submitted by January 31st will be considered for that year's award, which will be announced at the annual SIGCOMM conference. Self-nominations (individual or institutional) will not be accepted. A nomination for the award that is not selected will remain under consideration for 2 additional years.
    Each 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 candidates for whom an award is recommended (the nominees). If the nominee is an institution: name, address, and URL for the institution.
    3. A short statement (200-500 words) that includes a brief description of the system, and a description of the impact that the system has had. Furthermore, the nomination should contain references that describe the system (e.g., papers or web pages for downloading the system and additional material) and, if possible, references to adoptions of the system.
    4. Names and email addresses of 5-10 people whom the nominator believes will support the nomination. The awards committee will solicit input from some or all of these individuals and from other sources as they deem necessary.

    Publicity
    Ongoing publicity would be the same as for other SIGCOMM awards. A call for nominations will be sent to SIGCOMM members, mailing lists and social media channels in advance of the deadline. The announcement of the award should receive special publicity in the monthly email to SIGCOMM members and at the SIGCOMM conference.

    SIGCOMM 2018 award for lifetime contribution nominations due on March 31st 2018
     
    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 award consists of an engraved pyramid from Tiffany's and a $2,000 honorarium. The award will be presented at the annual SIGCOMM Conference, at which time the awardee is invited to deliver a technical address. In the following are guidelines for submitting a nomination.

    1. Self-nominations are not accepted.
    2. The nominee need not be a member of ACM SIGCOMM.
    3. The nominator must be a member of ACM SIGCOMM.
    4. Nominations must be received by the Chairman of the SIGCOMM Award Committee no later than March 31 each year.
    5. Nominations which did not result in an award can be resubmitted/ updated in subsequent years.
    6. Previous awardees are not eligible for future nominations.
    7. Members of the Award Committee are not eligible.
    8. Members of the SIGCOMM Executive Committee (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer, Past Chairman and Editor) are not eligible.

    Material to be included in the nomination:

    1. Curriculum Vitae, including publications, of nominee.
    2. Concise statement (one sentence) of the work for which the award is being nominated. This statement will appear on the award plaque.
    3. Description of the nominee's role in the work justifying the nomination.
    4. At most four letters of recommendation from others which identify rationale for the nomination and by what means the recommender knows of the nominee's work. It is recommended that at least three letters of recommendation be included in the nomination materials.
    5. Justification for declaring the nominee's work to be a major, lifetime contribution to computer communications.

    The nomination should be made in the form of a letter addressed to the Chairman of the SIGCOMM Award Committee - dpapagia@google.com. The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements. It is neither required nor recommended to send copies of published papers or books along with the nomination materials. The nominator is responsible for gathering all nomination materials to the Chair of the Awards Committee on or before March 31 2018. Submissions should be made by email. No late nominations will be considered for the current year. They will be held over until the following year for consideration.

    SIGCOMM 2018 Workshops, Calls for Papers
    In conjunction with its main conference, SIGCOMM 2018 will hold 11 one-day workshops in Budapest, Hungary on Monday, August 20 and Friday, August 24. The workshops have their abstract registration and paper submission deadlines on March 18 and 25, respectively.  The detailed calls for papers are available at the links listed below:
     
    * Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Data Communication Networks (Big-DAMA 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-bigdama.html
     
    * IoT Security and Privacy (IoT S&P),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-iotsp.html
     
    * Kernel Bypassing Networks (KBNets 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-kbnets.html
     
    * Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-mecomm.html
     
    * Networking for Emerging Applications and Technologies (NEAT 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-neat.html
     
    * Network Meets AI & ML (NetAIM 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-netaim.html
     
    * In-Network Computing (NetCompute 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-netcompute.html
     
    * Security in Softwarized Networks: Prospects and Challenges (SecSoN 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-secson.html
     
    * Self-Driving Networks (SelfDN 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-selfdn.html
     
    * Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Network (VR/AR Network 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-arvr.html
     
    * Traffic Measurements for Cybersecurity (WTMC 2018),
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/workshop-wtmc.html
     
    If you have recent research results on a related topic , please consider submitting them to the respective SIGCOMM 2018 workshop. Anyone registered for a Monday or Friday workshop may freely attend the other workshops on the same day.  To promote high attendance of the workshops, SIGCOMM 2018 will offer a discounted workshop registration to the main-conference registrants.
     

    Applied Networking Research Workshop 2018, Call for Papers
    The ACM, IRTF & ISOC Applied Networking Research Workshop 2018 (ANRW’18) is an academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. Our other goal is to create a path for academics to transition research back into the IETF standards and protocols and for academics to find inspiration from topics and open problems addressed at the IETF. We are particularly interested in topics that focus on wide-area networks and network security, but applied networking topics outside of these focus areas (see below) are also welcome.
     
    The conference will consist of a mix of invited talks, submitted talks, and submitted short papers. Invited talks, covering topics including BGP security, TCP congestion control, self-running networks and optical networking have already been announced on the ANRW website.

    • Submitted talks are not-for-publication resubmissions of works that have been published elsewhere during the last 12 months. For a talk to be considered for presentation, please submit an extended abstract that is no longer than 2 pages.
    • Short papers are publications that present new research that has not been previously published. For a short paper to be considered for publication, please submit work describing early/emerging results in a relevant topic area. There is a 6-page limit for short papers.

     
    The ANRW’18 particularly encourages the submission of results that could form the basis for future engineering work in the IETF, that could change operational Internet practices, that can help better specify Internet protocols, or that could influence further research and experimentation in the IRTF. ANRW ‘18 is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC).
     
    Important Dates:

    • Paper submission deadline, April 20, 2018
    • Paper notification deadline, May 14, 2018

     

    ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking 2018, Call for Papers
    The 5th ACM conference on Information Centric Networking (ICN 2018) will be held in Boston, MA, USA, Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018. We are inviting submissions that describe significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined. The fundamental concept in Information Centric Networking (ICN) is to provide the ability to access named information as a principal service offered by the network, evolving the Internet from today’s host based packet delivery towards directly retrieving information objects and invoking services by name in a secure, resilient, scalable, and efficient way. These architectural design efforts aim to address the challenges that arise from the increasing demands from accessing cloud resources, from accelerated growth of mobile devices and edge computing, from wide deployment of Internet-of-things (IoT), and from the need to secure the global Internet. ACM ICN 2018 will be a single track conference focusing on current ICN research topics, featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations. More details can be found at: https://conferences.sigcomm.org/acm-icn/2018/cf-papers.php
     
    Important Dates

    • May 1, 2018 Paper Registration Deadline (Long and Short) (HARD DEADLINE) 
    • May 8, 2018 Paper Submission Deadline (Long and Short) (HARD DEADLINE) 
    • July 18, 2018 Acceptance Notification 
    • August 21, 2018 Camera Ready Due 
    • September 21-23, 2018 Conference 
  • July 26, 2019

    January 2018 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    9th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), Call For Papers
    ACM SOSR Software Systems Award
    Call for SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award nominations 
    SIGCOMM 2018 Workshops, Call for Papers
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    9th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), Call For Papers
    June 12-15, 2018, Karlsruhe, Germany
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/eenergy/2018/index.php
     
    ACM eEnergy is the premier forum for research at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with energy systems. It has established a strong track record for high-quality research in the application of computing and networked systems to make legacy systems more energy-efficient and in the design, analysis, and development of innovative energy systems. The Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy) will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from the 12th to the 15th of June 2018. By bringing together researchers in a single-track conference designed to offer significant opportunities for personal interaction, it is a major forum for shaping the future of this area.
     
    Important Dates
    Paper registration deadline: January 15th, 2018, AOE
    Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2018, AOE
    Author notification: April 9th, 2018
     

    ACM SOSR Software Systems Award
    We are delighted to inform you that OVS (http://openvswitch.org/) has been selected to receive the ACM SOSR Software Systems Award in 2018. The award includes a cash prize, presentation of the award at SOSR’18, and an invited talk at the conference which takes place March 28-29 in LA. Congratulations to the entire OVS team!
     

    Call for SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award nominations 
    Gentle reminder that the deadline for the SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award nominations is fast approaching - January 31st. https://www.sigcomm.org/content/sigcomm-networking-systems-award-guidelines
     

    SIGCOMM 2018 Workshops, Call for Papers
    SIGCOMM 2018 will hold multiple one-day workshops in conjunction with the conference, to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 20 to 24, 2018. Workshops will take place on Monday, August 20 and Friday, August 24. We invite you to submit workshop papers on any topic related to the broad set of research and application areas covered by the SIGCOMM workshops.
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/cf-workshops.html
     
    All deadline will be common across Workshops.

    • Paper submissions deadline: March 25, 2018 (Some workshops have an earlier deadline for abstract. Please check the website for detailed information)
    • Paper acceptance notification: April, 2018

     

     

  • July 26, 2019

    December 2017 SIGCOMM Newsletter

     
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    Contents
    Survey results of SIGCOMM conference review process
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    Survey results of SIGCOMM conference review process

     

    We thank the broader SIGCOMM community for participating in our survey of the SIGCOMM conference review process. We have made the full set of survey results accessible at: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~akella/sigcommsurvey/

    You can toggle various filters to study responses across different subsets of our community's members. We have provided the SIGCOMM Technical Steering Committee (TSC; see https://www.sigcomm.org/conference-planning/sigcomm-planning/technical-steering-committee) access to the survey results. The TSC is studying the survey results and will determine what experiments, if any, to undertake towards exploring possible improvements to the SIGCOMM conference.

  • July 26, 2019

    November 2017 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    Call for Papers, SIGCOMM 2018
    Call for Papers, ACM e-Energy 2018
    ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award Call for Nominations
    ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Call for Demos & Posters
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    Call for Papers, SIGCOMM 2018, August 21-23, 2018, Budapest, Hungary
    https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/cfp.html
     
    The ACM SIGCOMM 2018 conference seeks papers describing significant research contributions to the field of data communication networks and networked systems. SIGCOMM’18 takes a broad view of networking research. This includes new ideas relating to (but not limited to) mobile, wide-area, data-center, home, and enterprise networks using a variety of link technologies (wired, wireless, visual, and acoustic), as well as social networks and network architecture. It encompasses all aspects of networks and networked systems, including packet-processing hardware and software, virtualization, mobility, sensors, provisioning and resource management, performance, energy consumption, topology, robustness and security, measurement, diagnosis, verification, privacy, economics and evolution, interactions with applications, internet-of-things, novel applications of machine learning to networking, and usability of underlying networking technologies.
     
    Unlike in previous years, SIGCOMM’18 will not have a separate experience track. However, we do encourage the submission of experience papers that provide detailed technical insight into real-world deployments of novel networking technologies and systems.
     
    In addition to the main conference, SIGCOMM 2018 will have a series of co-located workshops, tutorials, poster and demo sessions, a travel grant program, and conference best paper and SIGCOMM awards.
     
    Abstract submission deadline: Jan. 24, 2018
    Paper submission deadline: Jan 31, 2018
     

    Call for Papers, ACM e-Energy 2018, June 12-15, 2018, Karlsruhe, Germany
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/eenergy/2018/index.php
    9th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), June 12-15, 2018, Karlsruhe, Germany
     
    ACM eEnergy is the premier forum for research at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with energy systems. It has established a strong track record for high-quality research in the application of computing and networked systems to make legacy systems more energy-efficient and in the design, analysis, and development of innovative energy systems. The Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy) will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from the 12th to the 15th of June 2018. By bringing together researchers in a single-track conference designed to offer significant opportunities for personal interaction, it is a major forum for shaping the future of this area.
     
    Important Dates
    Paper registration deadline: January 15th, 2018, AOE
    Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2018, AOE
    Author notification: April 9th, 2018
     

    ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award Call for nominations
    The ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award is given to an individual or an institution to recognize the development of a software system that has had a significant impact on SDN research, implementations, and tools. The impact may be reflected in the widespread adoption of the system, or of its underlying concepts, by the wider SDN community, either in research projects, in the open-source community, or commercially. The award includes a prize of $1,000. The award is presented at SOSR each year and the winner is invited to give a talk at the conference. 
     
    Nominations should be submitted by email to sosr-award@sigcomm.org on or before January 6th, 2018 to be considered for this year’s award. A nomination for the Software Systems Award that is not selected may be re-submitted in following years but after three successive unsuccessful submissions, should not be re-submitted for at least one year. 
     
    Information on the notification and selection process can be found at: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2018/award.html
     

    ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Call for Demos & Posters
    The SOSR 2018 call for Demos & Posters is now up https://conferences.sigcomm.org/sosr/2018/calls.html#cfdemos

    Important dates are:
    Submission Deadline:                      Monday February 5, 2018 (23:59 PST)
    Acceptance Notification:                  Friday February 15, 2018
    Camera-ready Deadline:                  Wednesday February 28, 2018
     

  • November 7, 2017

    October 2017 SIGCOMM Newsletter
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    Contents
    ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Call for Workshop Proposals
    IMC 2017 Call for Participation
    Doctoral Dissertation Award
    New EC Director of Diversity and Outreach
    EC’s Statement on discrimination and harassment
    October issue of SIGCOMM CCR
    News on behalf of sister SIGs
    N2Women call for nominations
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    ACM SIGCOMM 2018 Call for Workshop Proposals
    SIGCOMM 2018 is soliciting proposals for new and recurring workshops. SIGCOMM 2018 will hold multiple one-day workshops in conjunction with the conference, to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 20 to 24, 2018. Workshops will take place on Monday, August 20 and Friday, August 24.
     
    We invite you to submit workshop proposals on any topic related to the broad set of research and application areas covered by the SIGCOMM conference. We welcome workshops on topics in network research, practice, and education. The workshop format itself should favor interaction among participants and community building. We welcome returning workshops.Detailed information can be found on the conference website:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2018/cf-workshops.html
     
    Important dates:

    • November 23, 2017, Submission of workshop proposals
    • December 4, 2017, Announcement of selected workshops
    • December 22, 2017, Announcement of workshops CFPs

    Please contact the SIGCOMM 2018 Workshop co-chairs, Xiaoming Fu and K. K. Ramakrishnan at workshopchairs18@sigcomm.org with any questions.
     

    IMC 2017 Call for Participation
    The 2017 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) is a three-day event focusing on Internet measurement and analysis. The conference is sponsored jointly by ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGMETRICS. IMC 2017 is the 17th in a series of highly successful Internet Measurement Workshops and Conferences. The ACM IMC 2017 conference will be held in London, United Kingdom on November 1-3, 2017. Register via http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2017/registration/

    Doctoral Dissertation Award
    Nomination for the Doctoral Dissertation Award are due and must be received by November 30 by the Award Chair, Dina Papagiannaki (dpapagia@google.com).  Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.  Nominated dissertations must have been successfully defended by the candidate, and the final version of a nominated dissertation must have been accepted by the candidate's academic unit. An English-language version of the dissertation must be submitted with the nomination. A dissertation can be nominated for both the SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

    New EC Director of Diversity and Outreach
    Marinho Barcellos joins as the newly appointed Director of Diversity and Outreach, a new position announced during the Business Meeting/Community Feedback session at SIGCOMM 2017. Marinho was General co-Chair of SIGCOMM 2016 with Jon Crowcroft, and did a fantastic job in, if you recall, difficult circumstances. In his new position, he will bring focus to our initiatives aimed at making the SIG more diverse and continue and expand the many initiatives that had been started in that area.

    EC’s statement on discrimination and harassment
    This statement is intended to offer additional information and clarifications regarding SIGCOMM's (and ACM's) position and actions when it comes to instances of discrimination or harassment.

    First and foremost we wish to reaffirm the SIG's commitment to ensuring that everyone in our community feels welcome and able to attend our events without fear of being subjected to unwanted solicitations of any kind.  In instances when such misconduct occurs, we are committed to bringing all available measures to bear.

    At the initiative of the previous EC and of members of our community, the SIG had put in place a very explicit policy against harassment and discrimination and requested that it be publicly highlighted at all our conferences. This policy has now been replaced by a revised ACM policy that supersedes all individual SIG policies and is equally explicit in leaving no doubt that any instance of sexual harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated.  The new ACM policy offers explicit guidelines for handling and reporting such issues, and we will continue to require that those be publicly advertised at all our conferences.  The investigation of any reported violation and the enforcement of the applicable penalties is now also handled by ACM, which should ensure that consistent penalties are applied as warranted.

    As was the case when the handling of penalties was internal to the SIG, the disclosure of those penalties remains a challenge, as there are obviously legal implications associated with any public or semi-public disclosure.  Nevertheless , we understand the need for some form of institutional memory to at the very least ensure that individuals found violating ACM policy are excluded from SIG activities in a manner consistent with their penalties.  We will work with ACM to develop appropriate mechanisms so that individuals with a need to know are made aware of those penalties, and therefore in a position to make informed decisions.

    Last but not least, we wanted to highlight initiatives which hopefully reinforce the SIG's focus on creating an environment that is welcoming to all.  As announced in the previous section, the SIG has added a new position of director for diversity and outreach on the EC.  The position is intended to help us develop new initiatives for making our SIG more diverse, and equally important ensuring that we respect and nurture this diversity across all our events.  We are also exploring the possibility of creating a position of SIG's ombudsperson as yet another resource that individuals can turn to in addition to the usual channels; one that may be less intimidating for anyone with a potential complaint.  Finally, there are several other initiatives taking place at the ACM level, in particular the new Code 2018 project, which seeks to update the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that had been first adopted back in 1992.

    It is our hope that even if much progress still remains to be made, those many efforts will contribute to, if not eliminating instances of violations, at least make them rare and empower anyone who find themselves in such a situation.

    If you have suggestions for other initiatives that could help us move forward in that direction, please let us know by emailing any member of the EC.

    The SIGCOMM EC
     

    October 2017 issue of CCR
    Computer Communication Review (CCR) continues to promote reproducible research by encouraging the submission of papers providing artifacts (software, datasets, . . . ). As in the previous issue, all the accepted technical papers have released their artifacts. These artifacts will help other researchers to improve the results published in CCR by easily comparing their new ideas with those described in the related work.
    As announced in the last issue, the CCR Online website, https://ccronline. sigcomm.org has been enhanced with a Community Comments section to encourage interactions between readers and authors. Several submitted articles have been posted in this section and I encourage you to look at them and provide constructive comments to their authors. Providing open and constructive comments is a nice way to be involved in the SIGCOMM community.
     
    Three technical papers were accepted from the open call. In Measuring YouTube Content Delivery over IPv6 Vaibhav Bajpai et al. report on large scale measurements that compared the performance of Youtube over IPv4 and IPv6. As IPv6 gets widely deployed, it is interesting to study whether the two network stacks provide similar performance. They release both the measurement software and the collected dataset.
    In Inside the Walled Garden: Deconstructing Facebook’s Free Basics Program, Rijurekha Sen et al. study the operation of Facebook’s recent Free Basics program in Pakistan and South Africa. Their software and measurement dataset will probably serve as a baseline for researchers who will explore the evolution of similar programs in the future. These artifacts have been significantly improved by the authors based on interactions with reviewers.
    In Dissecting Last-mile Latency Characteristics Vaibhav Bajpai et al. use measurements on two different platforms to analyse the factors that influence the performance of access networks. They release both measurement scripts and datasets.
    Two editorial papers report on recent workshops. In The 9th Workshop on Active Internet Measurements (AIMS-9) Report, kc Claffy and David Clark summarise the AIMS-9 workshop that was held in March 2017 at CAIDA. In Report on Networking and Programming Languages 2017, Nikolaj Bjorner et al. summarise the SIGCOMM’17 NetPL workshop.
    In addition to the papers accepted from the open call, this issue also contains the best papers from the SIGCOMM’17 workshops:

     

    News on behalf of sister-SIGs
    WUWNet 2017

    • Halifax is hosting the 12th annual edition of the WUWNet ’17 conference at the Prince George Hotel, this coming November 6-8.  WUWNet is a premier international conference on underwater networking and systems (see http://wuwnet.acm.org/2017/).) In the program, internationally renowned keynote speakers and panel discussions will be organized.  We are expecting 70 scientists and grad students in the field of underwater sensing, communications, signal processing, networking, and other fields related to ocean technology.  The crowd will be diverse, from Canada, North America, Europe and Asia. Exhibition booths will be set up in the coffee hall, posters and demos showcasing students’ accomplishments will be available.  

     

    N2Women call for nominations
    N2Women (http://n2women.comsoc.org/) has launched in the past two years an annual list “N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications”, previously known as “10 women in networking/communications whom you should KNOW”. This year they are continuing the tradition by opening the call for their 3rd list.
    Nominations (as many as you can think of) can be submitted at https://goo.gl/forms/kX0iNgr99Fkokvmo1.  The deadline for nominations is November 19, 2017.

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