• March 31, 2020

    ACM opens up the Digital Library for 3 months
    SIGCOMM Response to COVID-19
    January 2020 issue of SIGCOMM CCR
    ACM SIGCOMM Slack Workspace
    Call for Submissions:  ACM SIGCOMM EPIQ’20

    Open Access to ACM Digital Library During Coronavirus Pandemic
    As a means to help researchers now working remotely and to support the computing community, ACM is providing open access to the ACM Digital Library for the next three months.  There will be no fees assessed for accessing or downloading work published by ACM.

    SIGCOMM Response to COVID-19
    The COVID-19 has affected many in our community and we have all had to adapt to the new constraints it has imposed.  This has also affected several of our conferences.   
    The SOSR 2020 conference that was to be held early March was the first to have to cancel its physical conference.  Because the cancellation happened close to the conference date many travel grant recipients had already made arrangements to attend, and the SIG worked with ACM to ensure that travel grant recipients would be reimbursed for expenses they had incurred.  
    All other SIG-sponsored conferences that are to be held later this year are currently putting together contingency plans in case they need to follow suit.  In particular, most are exploring options for holding a “virtual conference.” Towards assisting with this goal, ACM has recently chartered a presidential task force aimed at offering the community some guidance on best practices for virtual conferences.  We are actively participating in this effort, and the task force is preparing to release a draft report titled “Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices” that will be distributed to conference organizers to assist them in evaluating options to move their conference to a virtual model.

    The January 2020 issue of SIGCOMM CCR is available
    See or  

    ACM SIGCOMM Slack Workspace
    ACM SIGCOMM has created a Slack workspace for people interested in computer networking. This workspace is intended to be a fun, welcoming environment for encouraging discussions between students and researchers in our community. With the upcoming array of "virtual conferences" this platform may help replace the informal conversations that happen during the breaks which would otherwise be missed. With the COVID-19 outbreak many folks are locked in their homes at this time with reduced social interactions, and having a platform for conversations may be helpful for that reason as well.
    Here is an invite link:
    There are discussions on how to succeed in research, women in Sigcomm, technical questions, and more. Everyone is welcome to join and contribute to any channel. We look forward to talking with you on there!

    Call for submissions: ACM SIGCOMM EPIQ’20
    Workshop on the Evolution, Performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (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. QUIC has already seen deployment and motivated research papers measuring, extending, and evaluating QUIC from various perspectives.
    The Second ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on the Evolution, Performance, and Interoperability of QUIC (EPIQ) seeks to continue 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.
    See and submit papers and poster&demo proposals at
    Submission deadline: April 24, 2020
    Notification deadline: May 25, 2020
    Camera-ready deadline: June 10, 2020
    Workshop: August 14, 2020

  • February 29, 2020

    Three SIGCOMM award deadlines on March 31st
    Cancellation of the 2020 ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR)
    Call for Abstracts: Latin American Student Workshop on Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2020) 

    Three SIGCOMM award deadlines on March 31st
    Please note that March 31st marks the deadline for nominations for 3 of our SIGCOMM awards: 
    i) SIGCOMM award for lifetime contribution, 
    ii) SIGCOMM networking systems award, and 
    iii) SIGCOMM Test of Time award (optional). 
    Please follow the nomination guidelines at

    Cancellation of the 2020 ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR)
    The ACM SOSR conference that was due to take place on March 3rd in San Jose, California has been cancelled due to the increasing risk of spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus. SOSR was co-located with the Open Compute Project (OCP) global summit, which cancelled all its events for the same reason.  
    Plans are underway to replace the physical event with a virtual event at a later time.  Please be on the lookout for the announcement of the virtual SOSR event as plans are finalized.

    Call for Abstracts: Latin American Student Workshop on Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2020)
    The Latin American Student Workshop on Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2020) solicits stimulating and original ideas in all aspects of networking research, reflecting the ongoing research efforts of postgraduate students and junior faculty members in the form of 2-page extended abstracts.
    We encourage submissions about research at an early stage as well as more advanced dissertation-level research. Accepted presentations will not be published as proceedings, so postgraduate students can submit already accepted/published dissertation-level results and conversely results presented at the workshop can subsequently be submitted, in more complete form, for publication in a full-fledged conference or journal. Research addressing non-standard topics, controversial problems and approaches are of particular interest. The scope of the workshop is broad and covers all aspects of networking research. 
    To prepare the extended abstract, please follow the ACM SIGCOMM formatting guidelines (LaTeX template for ACM conference proceedings), except for the following two differences:

    1. papers are limited to TWO (2) pages only, plus references. Note that the two-page limit includes ALL figures, tables but does not include references (add as many as needed);
    2. Please provide only author names and affiliations; it is not necessary to add PAPER ID and number of pages. Submissions must not be anonymous.

    Travel grants will be available to students and postdocs attending LANCOMM 2020. This support, provided by SIGCOMM, will assist a substantial number of attendees by covering their transport and accommodation costs. The application must be made together with the submission of the extended abstract. To increase outreach, applications from institutions within Latin America, but outside Brazil, will be given priority. ACM SIGCOMM members (student or young professional members) will be also given priority. We encourage participation of women and under-represented minorities.
    Important Dates
    Abstract/Application Submission Deadline: March 16, 2020
    Acceptance Notification: April 6, 2020
    Final Abstract and Poster: April 17, 2020
    Workshop: May 25, 2020 (Monday)
    More information at the LANCOMM 2020 website

  • January 31, 2020

    Announcing new SIG Education Director
    Announcing SIGCOMM podcasts
    Submissions to ACM SIGCOMM are due soon!
    Submissions to the July issue of SIGCOMM CCR
    Call for Proposals for the 5th Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW '20)
    Three SIGCOMM award deadlines on March 31st
    ACM SOSR’20: Call for Participation / Registration
    Call for Volunteers: CRA-WP and CRA-URMD workshops

    New SIG Education Director
    We welcome Matthew Caesar as the new SIGCOMM Education Director.  Matt is replacing Tristan Henderson, whom we would like to thank for his several years of service to the SIG in that capacity.

    New SIGCOMM podcasts
    While working on the celebration of SIGCOMM’s 50th anniversary, we discussed about the possibility of recording podcasts with SIGCOMM award winners. In parallel, Russ White had been recording podcasts about the history of networking and he offered to record podcasts with SIGCOMM award winners. The first of these podcasts is a discussion with Jennifer Rexford on the history of the history of programmable control planes. Other podcasts will be released in the coming months.

    Submissions to ACM SIGCOMM are due soon!
    The ACM SIGCOMM conference is the premier venue to publish novel and
    significant research results in the field of computer
    networking. Please submit your best work!
    Paper submissions are due on Friday Feb 7, 2020 at 11.59 PM Eastern Time.
    Submission website:
    Conference website:
    Call for Papers:
    Detailed submission instructions:

    Deadline for the July issue of ACM SIGCOMM CCR is March 1st
    ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR) newsletter is published every quarter. The deadline for the submission of technical papers and editorials for the July issue of CCR is conference is March 1st, 2020. 
    You can find submission details at

    Call for Proposals for the 5th Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW '20)
    The 5th Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW '20) is a one day event bringing together researchers, operators and representatives of the Internet standards community. Co-located with IETF 108 in Madrid, ANRW '20 will take place on Monday July 27th, at the IETF venue.
    We are looking for submissions in the form of short papers discussing original research that is relevant to the IETF and IRTF community and can lead to changes to, or new insights on Internet standards and protocols. We also solicit descriptions of early work or updates on ongoing work in the form of lightning papers that are presented as posters at the workshop. Participating in ANRW '20 provides an excellent opportunity to interact with the IETF and IRTF community.
    For more information, see the full call for proposals here:
    Mirja Kühlewind and Roland van Rijswijk-Deij (co-chairs of ANRW '20)

    Three SIGCOMM award deadlines on March 31st
    Please note that March 31st marks the deadline for nominations for 3 of our SIGCOMM awards: i) SIGCOMM award for lifetime contribution, ii) SIGCOMM networking systems award, and iii) SIGCOMM Test of Time award (optional). Please follow the nomination guidelines at

    ACM SOSR’20: Call for Participation / Registration
    The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to the ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR), to be held on March 3, 2020 in San Jose, CA. SOSR is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. New to this year, SOSR will be co-­located with the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit to foster interaction between academic and industrial attendees.
    We are also pleased to announce that we will again be giving out the SOSR Software Systems Award at this year's SOSR, which recognizes software that has significantly impacted SDN.
    Registration details:

    Call for Volunteers: CRA-WP and CRA-URMD workshops 
    SIGCOMM supports increasing diversity in the community and has been a sponsor of CRA-WP workshops. We are looking for volunteers to attend two upcoming CRA-WP grad cohort workshops. The CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies. The CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshop for URMD, created more recently, has similar goals, but for underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Both workshops include a mix of formal presentations, informal discussions and social events. Senior computing researchers and other professionals share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as insights about their experiences. The Grad Cohort for URMD takes place on March 5-7 in Austin, while the Grad Cohort for Women happens on April 16-18 in New Orleans. 
    SIGCOMM is looking for members from the community to volunteer to participate in either of these two workshops. We offer registration and will cover domestic air travel and accommodation expenses, and expect the volunteer to participate in activities and engage in discussions with attendees interested in computer networks and communications (e.g., by  manning the thematic lunch table and mingling with attendees in informal discussions and during social events). Volunteers will help attendees understand the pros and cons of pursuing a research career in the field and the opportunities available in the SIGCOMM community. If you are willing to help, please contact Marinho Barcellos at as soon as possible.

  • January 2, 2020

    Call for Nominations: ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award
    Call for Demos and Posters: ACM SIGCOMM SOSR

    Call for Nominations, ACM SIGCOMM SOSR Software Systems Award
    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 software-defined networking (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 the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) each year and the winner is invited to give a talk at the conference.
    Nominations should be submitted by email to on or before January 22nd, 2020 to be considered for this year’s award.
    More details:

    Call for Demos and Posters - ACM SOSR 2020
    The ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR '20) demos and posters session showcases research projects current that are in an early stage and could benefit from community feedback. We particularly invite the submission of emerging results in SDN research that address timely problems. In the past, we had great discussions over the demos and posters session, and we hope to replicate the same success this year. Please submit your coolest ongoing work!
    More details:

  • December 4, 2019

    ACM History Fellowship Call for Proposals

    ACM History Fellowship Call for Proposals
    The ACM History Committee runs a competition for research projects on or centrally related to ACM history, which has resulted in 30 fellowships awarded since the start of this fellowship program in 2009.   Many of these awards have gone to scholars (graduate students to senior scholars). The ACM History Committee’s 2020 fellowship call for proposal is now open and anyone with interests in contributing to documenting ACM’s history is encouraged to apply.  
    The submission deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.
    The application link is:

  • October 28, 2019

    CCR is SIGCOMM's newsletter.  It is published quarterly and publishes 
    both peer-reviewed technical papers and non-peer reviewed editorial 
    content.  It also serves as a forum for the publication of reports from 
    SIG's sponsored workshops and conferences, and as of 2012 the best of 
    CCR papers appear for presentation at ACM SIGCOMM. Publication of the 
    newsletter is overseen by the CCR Editor with the help of an Editorial 
    Board consisting of Area Editors.  The CCR editor manages the paper 
    submission, review, and publication process together with the Editorial 
    Board.  Reviews are currently managed through and papers are 
    published on both the ACM DL and CCR Online, although the latter may end 
    now that access to CCR papers in the ACM DL is open-access.
    In addition to the above responsibilities, the CCR editor also solicits 
    editorial submissions and over the years has launched a number of 
    initiatives aimed at broadening the impact and scope of CCR.  One such 
    example was the creation of an artifacts evaluation committee tasked 
    with handling artifact submissions either directly or for papers 
    published in some of the SIG's sponsored conferences. Another more 
    recent is the exploration of podcasts, to be hosted on the DL, to 
    commemorate the SIG's 50th birthday.
    The term of the current CCR Editor, Olivier Bonaventure, is coming to an 
    end and the SIGCOMM EC is issuing an open call for nominations to 
    identify his replacement. In addition to continuing the tradition of 
    quality and innovation that has been CCR's trademark, as we move some of 
    the publication aspects into the ACM DL and explore other means of 
    offloading logistical support, the new CCR Editor will have the 
    opportunity to launch new initiatives aimed at best serving the needs of 
    our community.
    Interested candidates should submit by email to the SIG Chair 
    ( a short two-page statement highlighting the experience 
    they bring to the position and articulating their vision for the 
    newsletter, a link to a recent CV, and a list of three names that the 
    SIGCOMM EC could contact for references.

  • October 28, 2019

    SIGCOMM is ACM's professional forum for discussing communications and 
    computer networks. The SIG sponsors a range of conferences and awards 
    travel grants to attend them, oversees the publication of its 
    newsletter, CCR, and organizes various events for its members, including 
    summer schools and students workshops. In particular, the SIG has a 
    strong tradition of activities aimed at encouraging the participation of 
    students and junior researchers.
    The SIGCOMM Education Director is responsible for coordinating 
    activities aimed at creating educational material and opportunities on 
    various networking topics for students and our members, as well as for 
    soliciting and initiating new activities in those areas. Examples of 
    past such activities include contributions to ACM/IEEE CS Curriculum, 
    organizing shadow TPCs, supporting summer schools, organizing education 
    workshops, initiating the CoNEXT student workshop, editing the SIGCOMM 
    ebook on recent advances in networking, etc.
    The new SIGCOMM Education Director is expected to not only continue 
    coordinating existing educational activities, but also contribute to 
    encouraging and creating new proposals that address the expectations of 
    today's students and teachers. Possible ideas include exploring MOOCs, 
    webinars, improving the quality of wikipedia networking pages, 
    organizing hackathons or education workshops on emerging topics.  The 
    SIG is committed to helping support greater educational initiatives and 
    resources will be made available to help the new Education Director 
    realize them.
    Interested candidates should submit by email to the SIG Chair 
    ( a short (one or two pages) statement describing their 
    vision and objectives for this position, a link to a recent CV, and a 
    list of three names that the SIGCOMM EC could contact for references.

  • October 1, 2019


    Call for Papers, ACM SOSR 2020
    Call for Papers, Workshop on Buffer Sizing (BS’19)

    Call for Papers, ACM SOSR 2020
    More than 10 years have now elapsed since the beginning of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Over the course of a decade, SDN has fueled incredible innovation, revolutionizing virtually all networking areas. SDN is now deployed in a growing number of production and experimental settings, including data centers, enterprise networks, content providers, and Internet Service Providers.

    The ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. New to this year, SOSR will be co-­located with the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit on March 3, 2020 in San Jose, foster interaction between academic and industrial attendees.

    We invite submissions on a wide range of research on the broad area of software-defined, programmable networks, and more. 

    Paper registration(with abstract): November 8, 2019 (AoE)
    Paper submission: November 15, 2019 (AoE)
    More details

    Call for Papers, Workshop on Buffer Sizing 2019 (BS’19)
    Buffer Sizing, Stanford University December 2-3, 2019

    Despite lots of discussion in academia and industry, there isn’t consensus about how big a router buffer should be. Choosing a buffer size is inherently complicated: It depends on (at least) the congestion control algorithm, AQM (marking and dropping policies), load-balancing, traffic engineering and the applications generating the traffic. So far, there has been some measurement and theory, but little consensus.

    Involving academics and industry stakeholders, the goal of this workshop is to improve our understanding of how to pick buffer sizes in different parts of the network (e.g. DC, WAN, last mile, WiFi, cellular), for different applications (video, HPC, Hadoop-like, financial) and for different congestion control algorithms. Ideally, we would like to establish, from a mix of theoretical and experimental results, guidelines that can be used in practice to size routers’ buffers, and provide guidance to semiconductor and equipment providers.

    Register paper or talk proposal on website: Before October 15 at 11.59pm Pacific Time.
    Submit 4-6 page paper or 2 page proposal: Before October 22 at 11.59pm Pacific Time.
    More details:

  • August 31, 2019

    Announcement: Passing of Sally Floyd
    Congratulations to Ethan Katz-Bassett on winning the 2019 SIGCOMM rising star award
    Call for site proposals for SIGCOMM 2021
    ACM ICN’19: Call for Participation / Registration
    Announcement: Passing of Sally Floyd

    We are sad to announce the passing of Sally Floyd, a long-time SIG member and past SIGCOMM Award winner (2007) for her far-reaching contributions to Internet architecture and her work in identifying practical ways to control and stabilize Internet congestion. Sally also held the position of SIG Vice-Chair from 1995 till 1999, and served as Program co-Chair of the 1996 SIGCOMM conference. She is also remembered as a caring mentor and thoughtful collaborator to many members of our community.

    Congratulations to Ethan Katz-Bassett on winning the 2019 SIGCOMM rising star award

    The award is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in improving the reliability and performance of Internet services. His practical and principled measurement-driven approach has led to innovative high-impact contributions across academia and industry.

    The rising star award committee, comprised of Lixin Gao (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Thomas Karagiannis (MSR Cambridge, chair), Craig Partridge (Colorado State University), Lili Qiu (University of Texas at Austin).
    Call for site proposals for SIGCOMM 2021

    The SIGCOMM Executive Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting SIGCOMM 2021, which will be held in Europe. Information about the conference and the format of site proposals as well as instructions for site proposals can be found on the web at:
    The deadline for full site proposals is October 15, 2019, but proposers are encouraged to let the Executive Committee know about their intent to propose earlier. Please e-mail site proposals, intent to propose, and questions to the EC conference coordinator, Steve Uhlig (

    ACM ICN’19: Call for Participation / Registration

    ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking 2019, Macau, SAR China, September 24-26, 2019

    The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to the 6th ACM conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN), to be held in Macao, SAR China from September 24-26, 2019. ACM ICN 2019 is focusing on significant research contributions to ICN as broadly defined, and featuring paper presentations, posters, and demonstrations.

    **Change of Venue**
    In contrast to previous announcements, ICN '19 has been moved to Macau University in Macau due to the continuing concerns regarding events in Hong Kong.

    More details:

  • August 1, 2019

    July 2019 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    SIGCOMM 50th Anniversary panel
    Announcing changes to the SIGCOMM Executive Committee
    Computer Communication Review (The ACM Newsletter), The July 2019 Issue

    SIGCOMM 50th Anniversary panel
    As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of SIGCOMM, a panel discussion on "Past and Future Directions in Networking Research" will be held during the first session of the SIGCOMM conference on Wednesday, August 21. The panel will start with a brief introductory video by Vint Cerf before opening up to discussions with our panelists. The panelists will be Dah Ming Chiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Manya Ghobadi  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mark Handley (University College, London) , Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University), and Lixia Zhang (University of California at Los Angeles), and the discussion will be moderated by Bruce Maggs (Duke University and Akamai Technologies).

    Announcing changes to the SIGCOMM Executive Committee
    After serving for a little over two years as SIGCOMM vice-chair, Aditya Akella has asked to step down.  We would like to thank him for his efforts in promoting the SIG and advancing its agenda during that period.  It represents a non-trivial amount of time and energy.
    As per the SIG's bylaws regarding vacancies and appointments, in such instances the board is tasked with selecting a replacement, and while we are sad to see Aditya go, we are delighted to announce that Sujata Banerjee has agreed to serve as the new SIG vice-chair. 
    Please join us in thanking Aditya for his service and welcoming Sujata in her new role.

    Computer Communication Review (The ACM Newsletter), The July 2019 Issue
    This July 2019 issue contains two technical papers and three editorial notes. In ”Securing Linux with a Faster and Scalable IPtables”, Sebastiano Miano and his colleagues revisit how Linux firewalls work. Since version 2.4.0 of the Linux kernel, iptables has been the standard way of defining firewall rules in Linux. These iptables are widely used, but writing and maintaining them can be difficult. Furthermore, they have some limitations in terms of performance. This paper leverages the eBPF virtual machine that is included in the Linux kernel to propose a replacement for iptables that preserves their semantics while providing im- proved performance. They release their implementation and evaluate its performance in details.
    In ”Towards Passive Analysis of Anycast in Global Routing: Unintended Impact of Remote Peering”, Rui Bian et al. analyse the deployment of anycast services. For this, they rely on different BGP routing information and highlight the impact of remote peering on anycast performance. They release their data and analysis scripts.
    In addition to these two peer-reviewed papers, this issue contains three editorials. In ”Privacy Trading in the Surveillance Capitalism Age: Viewpoints on ‘Privacy- Preserving’ Societal Value Creation”, Ranjan Pal and Jon Crowcroft reconsider the current Mobile App ecosystem from an economical and privacy viewpoint. They show that the current model is not the only possible one and propose the idea of a regulated privacy trading mechanism that provides a better compromise between privacy and the commercial interests of companies. In ”Datacenter Congestion Control: Identifying what is essential and making it practical”, Aisha Mushtaq et al. take a step back at the datacenter congestion control problem. They argue that congestion control mechanisms that use Shortest-Remaining- Processing-Time are the best solution and discuss in the paper how commodity switches could be modified to support it. Finally, in ”The 11th Workshop on Active Internet Measurements (AIMS-11) Workshop Report”, kc Claffy and Dave Clark summarise the discussions at the latest AIMS workshop. They mention several new measurement ini- tiatives and interesting research projects.

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