ACM SIGMETRICS sponsors three major awards to recognize important contributions in the area of performance evaluation.

The SIGMETRICS Achievement Award

The ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award is given annually to an individual who has made long-lasting, influential contributions to the analysis of computer/communication system performance evaluation. The contributions may be theoretical advances that have influenced the techniques used to evaluate, control and optimize computer system performance, practical procedures or software tools that have been widely used to manage system performance, or innovative applications of performance evaluation models 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.

The SIGMETRICS Achievement Award recipient is selected by an Awards Committee consisting of five individuals appointed by the SIGMETRICS Executive Committee.

Past winners

2014: Prof. François Baccelli (press release)
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)
: 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 Research Award

The ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Research 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 Research 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.

Past Winners

2013: Prof. Augustin Chaintreau (press release)
2012: Dr. Marc Lelarge (press release)
2011: Prof. Adam Wierman (press release)
2010: Dr. Milan Vojnovic (press release)
2009: Prof. Alexandre Proutiere (press release)
2008: Prof. Devavrat Shah (press release)

2014 Call for Nominations [pdf]

The 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Research Award will be presented at the SIGMETRICS 2014 conference, June 16-20, 2014, in Austin, TX, U.S.A.

Please submit all nominations via email by Friday, April 18, 2014 to the committee chair, Martin Arlitt, at: martin.arlitt (at) Please use "SIGMETRICS Rising Star Nomination" as the subject header. The nominator must collect all materials and send them in a single e-mail.

Nominations for the award must include:

  1. A summary of the candidate's research accomplishments (1-page maximum, 11pt font).
  2. A description of the significance of the candidate's work and justification for the nomination (2 pages maximum, 11pt font).
  3. Curriculum vitae of the nominee, including publications.
  4. Three endorsement letters from researchers in the field supporting the nomination. At least one of the three endorsers must be an ACM SIGMETRICS member.
  5. Copies of at least one and not more than three of the candidate's most significant papers or other documents that form the basis of the nomination.
  6. A concise statement (one sentence) of the achievement(s) for which the award is being sought.

Rules for Nomination:

  1. The nominator must be a SIGMETRICS member
  2. The nominee must be within 7 years of having attained their PhD. Thus, their Ph.D. must be granted in 2007 or later.
  3. 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 Research Award Committee.
  4. Nominations that do not result in an award can be resubmitted in subsequent years.

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.

Past Winners

Yin Zhang, Matthew Roughan, Nick Duffield, and Albert Greenberg. "Fast Accurate Computation of Large-Scale IP Traffic Matrices from Link Loads." In Proceedings of ACM SIGMETRICS 2003.
The paper presented a novel, remarkably fast, and accurate method for practical and rapid inference of traffic matrices in IP networks from link load measurements, augmented by readily available network and routing configuration information.

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.

Quick Links


  • SIGMETRICS is the flagship conference of the SIGMETRICS community.
  • Performance is the flagship conference of IFIP WG 7.3 and occurs jointly with SIGMETRICS once every three years.
  • IMC is at the intersection between SIGCOMM and SIGMETRICS, focusing on Internet measurement.
  • SenSys focuses on the design, implementation, and application of sensor networks.
  • Greenmetrics is a high profile workshop that focuses on both designing sustainable ICT systems and using ICT to improve sustainability.
  • MAMA is a high profile workshop that focuses on mathematical performance modeling tools.
  • ValueTools bridges the study of performance methodologies and the development of tools for performance evaluation.
  • ICPE (formerly WOSP) focuses on the intersection of software design and performance evaluation.

Recent News


  • Performance Evaluation Review (PER) is the SIGMETRICS quarterly review. PER is a refereed publication that features guest edited special issues from leading researchers in the field.
  • Other SIGMETRICS publications
    The ACM Digital library provides a convenient archive of all SIGMETRICS publications, including PER and conference proceedings.