• 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 Jau 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.

  • May 15, 2011

    Vern Paxson (UC Berkeley and ICSI) is the 2011 SIGCOMM Award Winner. He was selected for his seminal contributions to the fields of Internet measurement and Internet security, and for distinguished leadership and service to the Internet community.

  • December 14, 2010

    ACM has announced its Fellows for 2010. Among the 41 inductees are past SIGCOMM chair Mark Crovella and former SIGCOMM PC chair Stefan Savage. SIGCOMM member David Rosenblum was also recognized as a Fellow, as was Christos Faloutsos, who has made several contributions to the networking field. Congratulations to them and all the Fellows.

  • December 7, 2010

    The SIGCOMM Executive Committee has selected Helsinki as the host city for the 2012 ACM SIGCOMM Conference. The general chairs will be Lars Eggert and Joerg Ott. More details and precise dates will be available in the near future.

  • December 1, 2010


    Nick Feamster has been awarded the Rising Star Award by ACM SIGCOMM, ACM's Special Interest Group on Data Communications, for his pioneering contributions to network operations and security.  Feamster, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, was cited for outstanding research contributions early in his career in network operations and security.  His ongoing work with network operators has resulted in innovative and practical systems for making networks more secure, more available, and easier to manage.   He will receive the award and deliver the keynote address at the ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) December 1, in Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Feamster’s research in network security and operations has influenced research and industry on a national level.  Aspects of his work have also been incorporated into commercial spam filtering products and Web mail clients at Yahoo, Cisco/Ironport, and McAfee as well as a U.S. Department of Defense high-speed network monitoring project. His work on the routing configuration checker has been used by hundreds of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world to check their network configurations for errors. Feamster has also been involved in setting the nation’s cyber-security agenda by developing a “wish-list” for the security community’s needs for data access, and he co-led a multi-agency workshop on “Security-Driven Architectures.”

    A recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a Sloan fellowship in 2008, Feamster won the Best Student Paper Award at ACM SIGCOMM 2006, and the Best Paper at ACM/Usenix Networked Systems Design and Implementation Symposium (NSDI) in 2005.  A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he holds S.B., M.Eng, and Ph.D. degrees from that institution.

    The SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, presented annually, recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during the early part of his or her career.

  • September 7, 2010

    The slides from the presentation at the Community Feedback Session at SIGCOMM 2010 are available at:

    Notes from the discussion are also online:

    Other information for those interested in the SIGCOMM organization is in the 2010 annual report:

  • September 2, 2010

    The Best Poster winner at SIGCOMM 2010 is:

    • Accelerating SSL with GPUs, Keon Jang (KAIST), Sangjin Han (KAIST), Seungyeop Han (NHN Corporation), Sue Moon (KAIST), KyoungSoo Park (KAIST) 

    The Best Demo winner is: 

    • MPAP: Virtualization Architecture for Heterogenous Wireless APs, Yong He (Microsoft Research Asia), Ji Fang (Microsoft Research Asia), Jiansong Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia), Haichen Shen (Microsoft Research Asia), Kun Tan (Microsoft Research Asia), Yongguang Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia)

    The Student Research Competition Winners are: (see )

    • Graduate 1st Place: SoftCast: One-Size-Fits-All Wireless Video, Szymon Jakubczak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    • Graduate 2nd Place: PixNet: LCD-Camera pairs as communication links, Samuel David Perli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    • Graduate 3rd Place: SecureAngle: Improving Wireless Security Using Angle-of-Arrival Information,  Jie Xiong (University College London)
    • Undergraduate 1st Place:  Unbiased Sampling in Directed Social Graph, Tianyi Wang (Tsinghua University)
    • Graduate Finalist: Autonomous Traffic Engineering With Self-Configuring Topologies, Srikanth Sundaresan (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • Graduate Finalist: VMTorrent: Virtual Appliances on Demand, Joshua Reich (Columbia University)
    • Graduate Finalist: Ripcord: A Modular Platform for Data Center Networking, Brandon Heller (Stanford University)
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