ACM SIGMETRICS sponsors three major awards to recognize important contributions in the area of performance evaluation.
- The SIGMETRICS Achievement Award recognizes a senior researcher who has made long-lasting influential contributions to computer/communication performance evaluation.
- The SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award recognizes a junior researcher who demonstrates outstanding potential for research in computer/communication performance evaluation.
- The SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award recognizes an influential SIGMETRICS paper from 10-12 years ago.
The SIGMETRICS Achievement Award
The ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award is given by the ACM Special Interest Group on Measurement and Evaluation (SIGMETRICS) to an individual who has made long-lasting, influential contributions to the theory or practice of computer/communication system performance evaluation. These contributions may include one or more of the following: theoretical advances that have influenced the techniques used to evaluate system performance; pragmatic techniques or software tools that have been applied widely to the evaluation of system performance; innovative applications of performance evaluation techniques that have had impact on the design of computer/communication systems.
In selecting the achievement award recipient, the Awards Committee will place particular emphasis on seminal contributions and a sustained record of high-impact in the field. The award includes a plaque and a $2000 award, as well as expenses for travel to the ACM SIGMETRICS annual conference, where the award is presented. The recipient is also invited to give a technical talk at the conference.
An Awards Committee consisting of five individuals appointed by the SIGMETRICS Executive Committee selects the SIGMETRICS Achievement Award recipient.
2013: Dr. Jean Walrand (press release)
2012: Dr. Debasis Mitra (press release)
2011: Dr. Onno J. Boxma (press release)
2010: Dr. Jeffrey P. Buzen (press release)
2009: Dr. Frank Kelly (press release)
2008: Dr. Erol Gelenbe (press release)
2007: Dr. Don F. Towsley (press release)
2006: Dr. Richard R. Muntz (press release)
2005: Dr. Stephen S. Lavenberg (press release)
2004: Dr. Ken C. Sevcik (press release)
2003: Dr. Ed G. Coffman (press release)
The SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award
The ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award is given annually to recognize a rising star in our community who demonstrates outstanding potential for research in the field of computer and communication performance. The selection is based on the impact of the candidate's work in the field in creating promising new ideas, paradigms, and tools, related to the performance analysis of computer and communication systems, which may be analytical or empirical in nature. Depth and impact are valued over breadth of contribution for this award.
The recipient of the ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher award is selected by a committee consisting of five individuals appointed by the SIGMETRICS Executive Committee.
The award includes a plaque and a $1000 honorarium or expenses for travel to attend the conference where the award is presented.
2013 Call for Nominations [pdf]
The 2013 ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award will be presented at the SIGMETRICS 2013 conference, June 17-21, 2013, in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.
Please submit all nominations by May 1, 2013 to Erich Nahum at this email address: email@example.com. Please include "Rising Star" in the subject header. It is preferable that the nominator collect all materials and send them in a single e-mail.
Nominations for the award must include:
- A two-page statement summarizing the candidate's research accomplishments.
- A description of the significance of the work and justification of the nomination (2 pages maximum).
- Curriculum vitae of the nominee, including publications.
- Three endorsement letters from researchers in the field supporting the nomination. At least one of the three endorsers must be an ACM SIGMETRICS member.
- Copies of at least one and not more than three of the most significant papers or other documents that form the basis of the nomination.
- A concise statement (one sentence) of the achievement(s) for which the award is being given.
Rules for Nomination:
- The nominator must be a SIGMETRICS member
- The nominee must be within 7 years of having attained their PhD. Thus, their Ph.D. must be granted in 2006 or later.
- The nominee cannot be any of the following:
a. the nominator,
b. a member of the Sigmetrics Executive Committee,
c. a member of the Rising Star Researcher Award Committee.
- Nominations that do not result in an award can be resubmitted in subsequent years.
Questions should be sent to the committee chair, Erich Nahum, at
2012: Dr. Marc Lelarge (press release)
2011: Dr. Adam Wierman (press release)
2010: Dr. Milan Vojnovic (press release)
2009: Dr. Alexandre Proutiere (press release)
2008: Dr. Devavrat Shah (press release)
The SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award
The ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award
recognizes an influential performance evaluation paper whose impact
is still felt 10-12 years after its initial publication.
Tian Bu, N Duffield, FL Presti, and D. Towsley. "Network Tomography on General Topologies". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 2002.
This paper is a pioneering work in network tomography and it presented novel and formal approaches to perform tomography on networks under general setting, from which various performance, e.g., delay, packet lost,..etc., can be estimated.
Yang-hua Chu, Sanjay Rao, and Hui Zhang. "A Case for End System Multicast". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 2000.
This paper demonstrated that multicast functionality could be provided at end systems using an overlay network, with only modest performance penalties.
Lixin Gao and Jennifer Rexford. "Stable Internet Routing without Global Coordination". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 2000.
This paper provided a formal analysis of BGP routing policies, and showed how to ensure convergence to stable Internet routes without requiring routers to divulge their BGP configurations.
Jeffrey P. Buzen. "Fundamental Laws of Computer System Performance". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 1976.
This paper laid the groundwork for operational analysis.
Derek Eager, Ed Lazowska, and John Zahorjan. "A Comparison of Receiver-initiated and Sender-initiated Adaptive Load Sharing". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 1985.
This paper provided fundamental results for practical load balancing strategies across a large number of servers in a distributed system.
Mark E. Crovella and Azer Bestavros. "Self-similarity in World Wide Web Traffic: Evidence and Possible Causes". In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 1996.
This paper explained the impact of the distribution of WWW document sizes on the buildup of self-similar traffic in the Internet.