SIGCOMM Education Blog

  • Posted on 2011-08-23 15:38 by obonaventure

    ACM and IEEE have joined again their forces to create a reference Computing Curriculum for Computing Science. The previous edition was released in 2001 with an update in 2008 :

    The 2013 edition is currently being developed and SIGCOMM will provide input concerning the core networking concepts. If you'd like to participate in this discussion, subscribe to the SIGCOMM Education mailing list

  • Posted on 2011-02-15 12:20 by Ramesh Govindan

    Nominations for the annual SIGCOMM Award are due on March 31st to Ramesh Govindan ( The nomination procedure is described here.

  • Posted on 2010-10-02 12:06 by obonaventure

    Some time ago, a colleague mentioned that some universities did not offer any networking course to their students and that the networking concepts were taught inside other courses such as programming systems courses. Assuming that a student will be exposed to only five hours of networking concepts, what are the mandatory concepts that he should understand ?

    • a first option would be to consider that the ability to develop a small networked application is the main concept and networking could be introduced by starting from the socket layer and use it to explain the transport layer services as well as DNS and perhaps write a small application such as a basic HTTP or email server
    • a second option could be to consider that packet switching is the most important concept and discuss all the implications of packet switching, perhaps with a brief explanation of addressing and the roles of routers or switches
    • there are probably many other options

    Maybe ACM SIGCOMM should provide recommendations on these mandatory networking concepts. Suggestions/comments are more than welcome, especially from teachers who have had to give such courses.

  • Posted on 2010-09-01 14:34 by obonaventure

    The SIGCOMM Education mailing list has been created to allow all people interested in networking education to exchange information. The list is hosted on ACM's servers and you can subscribe to the list through the following web interface :

  • Posted on 2010-08-25 17:38 by obonaventure

    The objective of SIGCOMM's education blog is to post short documents or initiate discussions about educational issues in the broad networking area. We hope to regularly post content that is useful for networking educators and generates discussions. In August, we contacted about twenty young networking educators and asked them a few questions about the difficulties that they faced in the educational activities and how SIGCOMM could help. Several interesting suggestions were received, including :


    • provide a repository where educators can exchange slides, homeworks exam questions, labs, software, book references, reading lists, ...
    • survey about the most suitable networking textbooks 
    • recommendations on the list of topics that a networking course should cover 
    • package conference tutorials so that they can be easily reused - more venues for graduate students to participate in conferences 
    • information in local languages for non-English speaking students 
    • seminars given by renowned professors 
    • free access to conference/workshop proceedings 
    • short courses on graduate topics 
    • newletters for students with assignments or hacks or recent press information
    • a forum for young faculty 

    For the first three suggestions, we invite educators to consult and register on the SIGCOMM education reprository at

    We hope that the blog will serve as a forum for young faculty and that excellent ideas will be exchanged through the blog.

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