March 2020 SIGCOMM Newsletter

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
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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