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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 and read more about OpenNF at

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 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