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Applied Networking Research Prize: Winners Announced, Nominations for 2017 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 2016 have been announced.

The ANRP awards for IETF 97 go to:

For the 2016 award period of the ANRP, 53 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 are awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize in 2016.

Olivier and Benjamin will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF 97 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Remote participation details will be available in due course.

The nomination window for ANRP 2017 is now open and you can submit nominations for the 2017 award period of the Applied Networking Research Prize until November 6, 2016. 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 Chicago, Prague or Singapore in 2017!

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A Newcomer's Experience at IETF 92

IETF 92 was a unique experience compared to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and USENIX conferences I regularly attend. Naturally, IETF is more focused on concrete solutions and detailed specifications for working systems, as opposed to conceptual research. This practical focus appealed to my interest in “systems building” research.

By attending working and research group sessions closely related to my research–in particular, SFC, NFVRG, and SDNRG–I gained a better understanding of: (1) what problems are currently in need of solutions, (2) what problems will need to be solved in the near future, and (3) what constraints shape the space of possible solutions. For example, the SFC session had a presentation on dealing with legacy network functions, which is a problem I have attempted to address in some of my past research. This presentation affirmed the relevancy of this problem. Moreover, discussions during this session made me realize that the solution I had originally proposed–re-purposing some field in the Ethernet or IP header to serve as a tag–is not well suited for an actual deployment. It seems that making it easier to retrofit legacy functions with support for new SFC standards–e.g., using program analysis techniques–may be a more viable approach.

In the NFVRG session, there were several presentations on open source virtual network function management and orchestration (MANO) frameworks. These frameworks address some of the practical issues I have encountered in my research–e.g., high speed forwarding of packets to network function virtual machines. I plan to use some of these frameworks to conduct more realistic evaluations of the solutions/systems I have developed.

One of my favorite sessions was the plenary presentation on security in the Internet-of-Things. There has been little discussion on this topic at the networking conferences I regularly attend, so this presentation provided a great introduction to this emerging area.

In summary, attending IETF has given me new research problems to think about, and helped me identify better ways to evaluate my research. It’s also improved my teaching: I am now better equipped to teach students about Internet standards and the Internet-of-Things.

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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

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 to support great networking research getting the recognition it deserves!