Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SIGCOMM Test of Time Award 2009

I was informed that I (and my co-authors) will be receiving a SIGCOMM test-of-time award for our paper "A digital fountain approach to reliable distribution of bulk data", from back in 1998.
(co-authors -- John Byers, Michael Luby, Ashutosh Rege). The official announcement seems to be up now.

As I was told in the official e-mail: "The Sigcomm Test-of-time award recognizes papers published 10 to 12 years in the past in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM sponsored or co-sponsored conference that is deemed to be an outstanding paper whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today."

I'd like to thank the SIGCOMM award committee for this recognition; it's an honor to receive this award. The only downside, as I can see it, is it hit me that now I'm old enough to receive a test-of-time award.


Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov!

-- Metoo

Anonymous said...

Congrats, I mean on becoming old :P.

David Andersen said...


Not to make you feel older, but: That paper appeared at the first SIGCOMM I attended, and I still remember the sense of "wow, that's awesome, I never would have thought of that approach!" when I read it / saw the presentation. That was a solid SIGCOMM -- the Digital Fountain paper, Shenker and Breslau's "Simple Comparative Analysis", CSFQ, Summary Cache, ... I even found myself revisiting the Automatic TCP Buffer Tuning paper in a small side-project this year.

Amin Vahdat said...

Congratulations, this is well deserved. I also remember reading the original paper. A highly influential and inspirational piece of work.

Unknown said...

Too bad that wasn't enough to get you to Barcelona. It was warm but wonderful.

Michael Mitzenmacher said...

Thanks to all for the congrats.

Ellen -- sadly, they didn't decide (or at least let me know) until the day before the conference... I suppose if I had known more in advance it could have inspired me to go. But don't worry -- I was someplace else warm and wonderful for the week, spending time with the family.