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Applied Networking Research Prize: Winners Announced, Nominations for 2018 Now Open

As we rapidly approach the last Internet Engineering Task Force meeting for the year, we’re pleased to report that the final winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for 2017 have been announced.

The ANRP awards for IETF 100 go to:

Paul Emmerich for developing the high-speed packet generator MoonGen.
Paul Emmerich, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Daniel Raumer, Florian Wohlfart, and Georg Carle, “MoonGen: A Scriptable High-Speed Packet Generator,” in Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2015, Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 2015.

Roland van Rijswijk-Deij for analysing the impact of elliptic curve cryptography on DNSSEC validation performance.
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Kaspar Hageman, Anna Sperotto and Aiko Pras, “The Performance Impact of Elliptic Curve Cryptography on DNSSEC Validation,” in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 25, Issue 2, April 2017.

For the 2017 award period of the ANRP, 39 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by several members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, six submissions were awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize in 2017.

Paul and Roland will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF 100 in Singapore. Remote participation details will be available in due course.

The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Researchers with relevant, recent results are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will offer them the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the engineers, network operators, policy makers and scientists that participate in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its research arm, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). The goal of the Applied Networking Research Prize is to recognize the best new ideas in networking, and bring them to the IETF and IRTF especially in cases where they would not otherwise see much exposure or discussion.

The nomination window for ANRP 2018 is now open and you can submit nominations until November 5, 2017. More information about the ANRP is available including full details of the nomination process.

Please nominate (or self-nominate) and help to support great networking research in getting the recognition it deserves at the IETF in 2018!

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IETF Improving Technical Security Open Internet Standards Technology

Applied Networking Research Workshop – Paper Submission Deadline: 3 April

We’re excited to share news of the second Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW2017), which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on July 15. This one-day workshop will be co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Internet Society and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). The Call for Papers is open now, with a deadline of 3 April.

This academic workshop will provide a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

ANRW2017 particularly encourages the submission of results that could form the basis for future engineering work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), that could change operational Internet practices, that can help better specify Internet protocols, or that could influence further research and experimentation in the IRTF.

If you have some relevant work and would like to join us in Prague for the workshop and potentially stay for the IETF 99 meeting that takes place in the following week, please see the full Call for Papers, which includes detailed paper submission and formatting instructions.

I hope to see you in Prague for what promises to be a very interesting workshop and a good warm-up for the IETF and IRTF meetings to follow.

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Building Trust IETF Improving Technical Security Open Internet Standards Technology

Bringing Internet Research to the IETF: Inaugural Applied Networking Research Workshop Program Now Available

The Internet grew out of the networking research community and there remain tremendous synergies between the research community and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the world’s premier Internet standards development organisation. For several years, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) has been awarding prizes to researchers whose work is most relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. These Applied Networking Research Prizes include the opportunity for researchers to travel to and present their work at IETF meetings.

Now, in a bigger and bolder effort to increase researcher involvement in the IETF and to expose more IETF attendees to the latest networking research results, we are helping to organise the first Applied Networking Research Workshop which will take place on Saturday, 16 July, immediately prior to the IETF 96 meeting in Berlin, Germany.

The preliminary workshop program is now available online and includes sessions on Multipath, SDN Routing & Peering, Transport Quality & “Happy Eyeballs”, Measurement, and Internet Media. Accepted papers will be made available at no charge via the ACM Digital Library in due course.

The inaugural ACM, IRTF & Internet Society Applied Networking Research Workshop 2016 (ANRW’16) is an academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. It is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, the IRTF and the Internet Society.

This academic workshop is open to all; the registration fee is $100 USD. See https://irtf.org/anrw/2016/attend.html for details. Student travel grants are available and the deadline to apply for those is June 24, 2016.

So if you’re already planning to be in Berlin for IETF, check out the program and consider extending your trip by a day to take in these great research talks. And if you’re a researcher new to the IETF, please apply for a travel grant if that’s appropriate, come along to the workshop, and take advantage of the free 1-day guest passes for researchers to attend the IETF.

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DNS Privacy and Route-Aggregation Research Awarded 2015 ANRP; 2016 Nominations Open

The latest recipients of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for 2015 are Haya Shulman and João Luís Sobrinho. Shulman won her award for analyzing the deficiencies of different approaches to DNS privacy. You can read the full paper at https://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/dns-privacy/current/pdfWqAIUmEl47.pdf.

Sobrinho and his co-authors won their award for designing a route-aggregation technique that allows filtering while respecting routing policies. You can read the full paper at http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jrex/papers/dragon14.pdf.

Shulman and Sobrinho have been invited to present their findings to the Internet Research Task Force open meeting during IETF 93 in July in Prague, Czech Republic. Remote participation details and the exact timing of their presentations will be available at https://www.ietf.org/meeting/93/index.html in due course.

For the 2015 award period of the ANRP, 33 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by 3-5 members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, five submissions will be awarded prizes in 2015. The first ANRP award for 2015 was given to Aaron Gember-Jacobson.

Nominations for the 2016 ANRP awards is now open. Nominations can be submitted until 31 October 2015 via the ANRP submission site. You can also read more about the awards and how to nominate.

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IETF Technology

First ANRP Award of 2015 Goes to Aaron Gember-Jacobson for Innovative Network Function Control Plane

The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) selection committee completed its work at the end of last year and it gives me great pleasure to announce the first prize winner for 2015 is Aaron Gember-Jacobson. Aaron and his co-authors won the award for designing and evaluating a Network Functions Virtualisation control plane. You can read the full paper at http://agember.com/docs/gember-jacobson2014opennf.pdf and read more about OpenNF at http://opennf.cs.wisc.edu.

When network functions like routing and firewalling are virtualised and distributed, new challenges arise. Aaron’s work is defining a way to coordinate all these virtualised elements so that operators can provision and manage services efficiently.

Aaron has been invited to present his findings to the Internet Research Task Force open meeting during IETF 92 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Remote participation details and the exact timing of Aaron’s presentation will be available at https://www.ietf.org/meeting/92/index.html in due course.

For the 2015 award period of the ANRP, 33 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by 3-5 members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, five submissions will be awarded prizes in 2015.

The call for nominations for the 2016 awards will open later this year. Read more about the ANRP at http://isoc.org/anrp.

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IETF Open Internet Standards Technology

Final 2014 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) Winners Announced – 2015 Nominations Open Now!

As we rapidly approach the last Internet Engineering Task Force meeting for the year, it’s time to announce the final winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize for 2014.

The ANRP awards for IETF 91 go to:

Sharon, Tobias and Misbah have been invited to present their findings in the Internet Research Task Force open meeting during IETF 91 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on November 11th. Remote participation details will be available at https://www.ietf.org/meeting/91/index.html.

The call for nominations for the 2015 ANRP award cycle remains open until October 31st. Submit your nominations via the submission site or by email to anrp@irtf.org to support great networking research getting the recognition it deserves!

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Development Growing the Internet

Tackling the Digital Divide – Researching & Collaborating to Bring Everyone Online

The challenges we must overcome to bring the world’s offline population online should not be underestimated. A recent McKinsey report [“Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption”] finds that, “More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind.”

To address some of these challenges, the networking research community are coalescing around a new research group in the Internet Research Task Force with the cute acronym GAIA — Global Access to the Internet for All. After its initial kickoff meeting at IETF 89 in London, the group is now hotly debating a charter for its work at present and the latest draft is available from its webpage. In addition to identifying challenges, building common understanding, raising awareness and fostering collaboration, the group have set themselves the ambitious goal of identifying ways to achieve a ten-fold reduction in Internet access costs especially in geographies and populations with low penetration.

Although still in formation, the group already have a couple of workshops planned, the first of which is later this month in Cambridge, England. On 20-21 October, the 2nd GAIA Meeting will focus on bringing together the research community, industry, and policy makers to discuss a 3-5 year research agenda. Discussions will focus on the challenges to GAIA as well as the different projects and deployments taking place and planned.

The Internet Society is proud to provide support for this workshop.

Arjuna Sathiaseelan, writing recently in the IETF Journal said, “The Internet has crossed new frontiers — access has gotten both faster and relatively cheaper, with novel applications and services being offered every day. As a result, today’s Internet represents a critical infrastructure enabling remote health care, education, employment, e-governance, digital economy, social networks, and more. As such, Internet access should be universal in terms of availability and ability to contribute to the wider community, thereby enabling true digital inclusion to all.” [“Researching Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA)”, the IETF Journal, July 2014].

The second planned event is the 3rd GAIA Meeting, which will be co-located with the ACM DEV 5 conference on 4 December 2014. DEV 5 will be held at the Hilton San Jose hotel in San Jose, California.

If you have some research results or project plans to share or you’d just like to get involved in the discussion, the mailing list for GAIA is always open!

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IETF Open Internet Standards Technology

Enhancing Video Over Mobile – Predicting the Future is Key

Trying to conduct a videoconference over a cellular network in a moving car “wasn’t working very well” for Keith Winstein, so he started trying to find a solution to the problem. The result was a new transport protocol called “Sprout” and the paper he and his co-authors wrote earned Winstein the second Applied Networking Research Prize for 2014.

Winstein won the 2014 ANRP for designing a transport protocol for interactive applications that desire high throughput and low delay. In their paper, “Stochastic Forecasts Achieve High Throughput and Low Delay over Cellular Networks” (Proc. 10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Lombard, IL, USA, April 2013.), Keith and his co-authors Anirudh Sivaraman and Hari Balakrishnan describe Sprout, a transport protocol that works well over cellular wireless networks, where link speeds change dramatically with time, and current protocols build up multi-second queues in network gateways.

Motivated by his sub-par videoconferencing experience, Keith and his team developed a novel end-to-end transport protocol that tries to maximise throughput whilst simultaneously bounding the risk of delay by modelling the variation in link speed based on observations of packet arrival times. The model is then used to predict the future link speed.

The results are compelling: experiments conducted on traces from four commercial cellular networks show many-fold reductions in delay, and increases in throughput, over Skype, Facetime, and Hangout, as well as over Cubic, Compound TCP, Vegas, and LEDBAT. Although Sprout is an end-to-end scheme, in this setting it matched or exceeded the performance of Cubic-over-CoDel, which requires modifications to network infrastructure to be deployed.

Keith received his award at the recent Internet Research Task Force open meeting at IETF 89 in London, where he also presented his results. Keith’s slides are available and audio from the presentation is also available (starting at 01:22:35).

The next ANRP nomination period for prizes to be awarded in 2015 will start later this year – stay tuned for more information on the nomination process.