Announcing and soliciting presenters for
Thursday, 2 September 1999 AD, 18:00-19:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Important note: the winner will receive a really cool and valuable
prize; read on for details.
The SIGCOMM OO Session has a short history of several dubious years of
outrageousness; a summary of past sessions is at the end of this
announcement. Outrageous opinions are solicited in areas including, but
not limited to:
(*) see any RFC with a publication date of April for ideas.
- how to do something new or better (*)
- the future of networking, or the next big thing after...
(for example IP, ATM, TCP, Web, Java, XML)
- the secure Internet
- QoS in the Internet
- automatically generating and spontaneously enhancing provably correct
secure intelligent streaming multimedia agents for standard ad-hoc
self-organising petabit active mobile wireless all-optical networks
- architecture and implementation of IPv7 (see last 3 items)
- how to get back to the good old days of:
- bang paths through ihpn4 and decvax
- all of netnews readable in less than an hour
- document retrieval using FTP (what Web?)
- email without spam
- a net without AOL and WebTV users
- SNA, DECnet, and X.25
- how to obtain funding for networking research
- from government funding agencies
- from industry without any future relevance to products
- from US congress and EU without regulation
- tips on publishing and getting into conferences as selective as SIGCOMM
- how to improve SIGCOMM
If you have an outrageous opinion you would like to share, submit a
really short summary (2-50 words) to James Sterbenz
with "Outrageous Opinion" in the subject line (submissions without
this subject will only be considered if noticed amongst all my other
email; if you've already submitted something and your name is not Jon
Crowcroft, I suggest you resubmit). Presenters will be selected from
the multitude of submissions by at least one SIGCOMM'99 conference
committee member (I may get help).
If selected, you must actually show up for SIGCOMM'99 in general, and
the OO Session in particular. You will have a maximum of four minutes
to present your OO to the SIGCOMM'99 attendees. Presenters will be
judged on both outrageous technical merit and artistic impression by a
distinguished(*) panel of international judges. Presenters may be
asked to confirm that they are not taking performance enhancing drugs
(but mind altering drugs are acceptable). Both the audience and
judges will be enjoying good wine and local brew, thus the clarity of
presentation may become less important in the scoring as the evening
(*) unless we can't find anyone distinguished from a particular
country, in which case we'll take whoever shows up.
There will be various worthless junk awarded to runners up, however
the grand prize winner will receive
a new Palm V!
< /DRUMROLL >
Really! I am not making this up. It may even be preloaded with a
memo containing the SIGCOMM'99 program, most of which will already
PREVIOUS YEARS OO Sessions
Spanning the Globe, ACM sports has presented the thrill of victory and
the agony of defeat for over three years. Past OO sessions have
[OO'95-97 summaries lifted from Chris Edmondson's OO'98 announcement]
- OO'95 Boston (the first of the millennium)
"...there will be an Outrageous Opinions Session where you can
participate or listen to ideas that may be outrageous today,
but perhaps reality tomorrow...."
Hosted by Bruce Davie, packed room, lots of opinions,
lots of "ATM vs Big-I". Both serious and funny.
- OO'96 Stanford
Not held due to preponderance of California wine for the social
- OO'97 Cannes
"....Volunteer speakers will be allowed to defend outrageous
opinions seated on the pool diving board ... An open bar
will help unfortunate speakers to recover, and audience to
Hosted by Chase Bailey, great fun - some speakers actually
ran into the Mediterranean! The audience voted that ALL needed
to go for a dip; Mary Baker was most funny & serious at the same
- OO'98 Vancouver
"For a WHALE of a good time ... present YOUR latest and greatest
fish story or Turing-award idea" (for this to make sense
look at the artwork on the SIGCOMM'98 proceedings).
Hosted by Chris Edmondson and run in the format of the Gong Show.
While the winning presentation didn't get nearly as a valuable or
geeky prize as will be offered this year, Shawn Ostermann's
winning OO was really outstanding and is viewable on line