• July 18, 2013

    2013 SIGCOMM Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013):

    Larry Peterson For ground-breaking advances in how networking and distributed systems research is conducted, and major contributions to education.


    2013 Test of Time Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013, two winners this year):

    PlanetLab: an overlay testbed for broad-coverage services, Brent Chun, David Culler, Timothy Roscoe, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson, Mike Wawrzoniak and Mic Bowman, in CCR, Volume 33 Issue 3 (July 2003)

    For catalyzing a qualitative change in the nature of experimental networking research. By overcoming barriers to planetary scale experimentation and deployment, the authors---and their enduring testbed artifact---ushered in a new era of empirically validated network protocol design, catalyzed community-wide attention to the thoughtful construction and employment of appropriate research infrastructures, testbeds, and measurement platforms, and helped to foster a now vibrant research area focused on understanding Internet-scale network phenomena.

    A delay-tolerant network architecture for challenged internets, Kevin Fall, Proc. SIGCOMM 2003

    For anchoring a line of network architecture research that represented a sharp conceptual break from the internet-centric focus of the community at the time, substantially broadened the scope of applicability of networked computer communication, and remains a vital and active research topic today serving domains ranging from resource-poor rural environments to interplanetary space science support.


    2012 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award (to be presented at SIGCOMM 2013, but recipient can choose to be recognized at CoNEXT 2013):

    Shyamnath Gollakota (winner)

    The dissertation provides a fundamentally new and practical way to deal with interference in the wireless medium, often rendering it harmless or even turning it into an advantage. While traditional wireless systems have attempted to avoid interference, this thesis is the first to practically demonstrate techniques to decode packets under significant interference and leveraging it for improved security. The thesis is transformative and can significantly impact the design of future wireless communication systems.

    Ashok Anand (runners up)

    The dissertation presents a range of innovative techniques to eliminate redundancies in traffic across diverse hosts, routers, and networks across the Internet. The work itself is rigorous and comprehensive in its treatment of redundancy elimination techniques. As the demand for Internet bandwidth continues to be higher than ever before, such approaches can prove to be highly beneficial.

    Laurent Vanbever (runners up)

    The dissertation provides fundamental innovations that allow a network to be re-configured without causing inconsistencies in network routing structures. The thesis encompasses good theoretical concepts that ensure global correctness properties and practical manifestations of these concepts to make them deployable. As networks around us continue to get more complex, the techniques developed in this thesis provide significant tools to improve efficient management of these networks.


    2012 Rising Star Award (was presented at CoNEXT 2012):

    Teemu Koponen

    This award to Teemu Koponen is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, on Information Centric Networking, Accountable Internetworking, and Software Defined Networking. His architectural ideas are deep, have influenced other researchers, and crucially, he has put in signficant effort in figuring out how to transfer the ideas effectively into practice.

  • June 27, 2013

    Effective July 1, the new SIGCOMM Chair will be S. Keshav. Renata Cruz Teixeira will be Vice-Chair, and Joerg Ott will be Secretary Treasurer. The full officer list is at

  • May 26, 2013


    The deadline for the submissions of candidates for the SIGCOMM Rising Star award is August 1st. Submission details are provided here:

    Please submit them to the awards chair, Bruce Maggs before the deadline.

  • April 4, 2013


    Elections for new SIGCOMM officers are underway, to elect a new Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer. Please vote! If you are a SIGCOMM member, you should be receiving an email with your ten-digit PIN, which you'll need to cast your votes. 

    See the bios and statements of the candidates at

  • February 6, 2013

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

  • December 17, 2012

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

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

  • October 15, 2012


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


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


    Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department.

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


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

  • October 15, 2012


    SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks.


    Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.  Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor.

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

  • September 13, 2012

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

  • August 31, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

    Deadlines :

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

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

    Hamed Haddadi
    Olivier Bonaventure

    Review Committee (to be updated)

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

    Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University, USA


    David Wetherall, University of Washington, USA


    Walter Willinger, AT&T Research, USA

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