• July 27, 2012

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

    See previous SIGCOMM awards.

  • March 28, 2012

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

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

    Call for proposals

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

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

    The next submission deadline in January 20th, 2013.

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

    Funding Criteria

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


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

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

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

    Nomination Deadline: 30 April 2012

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

    Important Dates:

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

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

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

    Nominations and questions should be submitted to:

    Bruce Davie, Chair, ACM SIGCOMM

  • February 1, 2012

    The ACM CoNEXT conference (sponsored by SIGCOMM) is soliciting site proposals for its 2013 edition.

    Details on what a site proposal entails can be found on the SIGCOMM CoNEXT web page under "Proposals for Hosting CoNEXT" towards the bottom of the page,

    but in short, putting forward a site proposal calls for:

    • providing the names of volunteer General Chairs,
    • a site city,
    • target dates (the conference is held at the beginning of December),
    • together with some initial details on the overall organization,e.g., hotels, conference facilities, possible venues for the conference banquet, etc.

    Note that like several other SIGCOMM conferences CoNEXT rotates on a three years cycle between Europe, North America, and a "wildcard". CoNEXT 2010 was in Philadelphia, PA, the 2011 edition was held for the first time in Asia in Tokyo, Japan, and just ended after what was a very successful conference, and the 2012 conference will take place in Nice, France, next December.

    As result, we are now targeting a North American location for CoNEXT 2013. However, this is only a "target" and while preference will be given to proposals that conform to this target, strong proposals that don't will definitely be considered.

    If you are interested in submitting a site proposal, please check the instructions on the CoNEXT page , and email me ( your proposal before _*May 1st, 2012*_. We are expecting to finalize a site selection by May 31st, 2012. There is still plenty of time before the deadline, but proposals that are submitted early will be given greater consideration.

  • January 18, 2012

    S. Keshav has served admirably as CCR Editor now for close to 4 years, and the Executive Committee is pleased to report that we have recruited Dina Papagiannaki as his successor. Dina is well known to many in the community as a former SIGCOMM PC Chair and current member of the SIGCOMM Technical Steering Committee. We look forward to her taking the reins in September 2012 and continuing the fine editorial work that Keshav has done since 2008. Many thanks to Keshav, and congratulations to Dina.

  • December 21, 2011

    The SIGCOMM EC received three strong proposals for sites to host the annual flagship conference in 2013. The EC has selected Hong Kong as the site, with Dah-Ming Chiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) and Jia Wang (AT&T Labs – Research, USA) being the general chairs. The conference will be in August 2013, with precise dates and more details to follow.

  • September 29, 2011

    The Rising Star Award:

    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.

    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.

    A nominee must be 35 years of age or younger as of December 31 of the year in which the award would be made. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs ( by November 1, 2011, 11:59pm EDT. Details at

    The Dissertation Award:

    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 for the award must include:

    1. A statement summarizing the candidate’s PhD thesis contributions and potential impact, and justification of the nomination (no more than two pages);
    2. The PhD thesis itself;
    3. An endorsement letter by the department chair;
    4. Three endorsement letters supporting the nomination including the significant PhD thesis contributions of the candidate. Each endorsement should be no longer than 500 words with clear specification of the nominee’s PhD thesis contributions and potential impact on the computer networking field;
    5. A concise statement (one sentence) of the PhD thesis contribution for which the award is being given. This statement will appear on the plaque and on the SIGCOMM website.

    Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs ( by October 31, 2011, 11:59pm EDT. Details at

  • August 24, 2011

    The SIGCOMM EC is inviting potential hosts of the SIGCOMM 2013 Conference to submit proposals. Details of the proposal process are here. The proposals should be submitted to Jaudelice de Oliveira, the Conference Co-ordinator, no later than October 31, 2011. The preference for 2013 is for proposals to come from outside of Europe and North America.

  • June 27, 2011

    After several years of diligent service, Ramesh Govindan has stepped down as Awards Chair, and Bruce Maggs has been appointed in his place. Bruce takes on the role of adminstering the substantial awards program offered by Sigcomm. This includes the annual SIGCOMM award and the newly created SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation award.

  • May 24, 2011

    Two papers have been awarded the SIGCOMM 2011 Test-of-Time
    Award. They are:

    1) "Chord: A Scalable Peer-to-peer Lookup Service for Internet
       Applications", Ion Stoica, Robert Morris, David Karger, M. Frans
       Kaashoek, Hari Balakrishnan, Proc. ACM SIGCOMM 2001
    2) "A Scalable Content-addressable Network", Sylvia Ratnasamy, Paul
       Francis, Mark Handley, Richard Karp, Scott Shenker, Proc. ACM
       SIGCOMM 2001.

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