Call For Papers
Call For Workshops
for Authors of Position Papers
third year in a row, SIGCOMM is soliciting submissions of position
papers in addition to regular full-length papers. Position papers are
five to eight (5-8) pages long. The main aim of a position paper
is to shape research direction, draw attention to an unexplored (or
overexplored!) research topic, argue a controversial opinion, or
otherwise stretch our thinking as researchers. This is in sharp
contrast to a work-in-progress paper or a shortened conference paper,
neither of which would fare well if submitted as a position paper.
papers should contribute perspective rather than performance numbers,
wisdom rather than knowledge, and guidance rather than results.
We expect them to be broad in scope, forward-looking, and provocative,
rather than narrowly focused on a detailed solution a specific
technical problem. We also expect them to be more controversial
than full papers and not necessarily present quantitative results,
though they must remain well-argued and justified in terms of existing
work. For examples of position papers, see the conference programs for SIGCOMM 2003 and SIGCOMM 2002. Also,
see other venues such as HotNets'2003
especially the papers that are broad in scope.
some hypothetical examples:
Here are some
examples of common kinds of position papers:
argument that [network troubleshooting, formal testing of
implementations, application-level protocols, economic incentives] are
important but undervalued considerations in networking research, along
with a promising approach for addressing them.
blue-sky redesign of how [IP, DNS, congestion control, Internet
routing, Internet measurement] would be architected today that
identifies the key differences with existing protocols and argues how
these should alter our research.
argument that conventional wisdom in the area of [QoS, active
networking, IP multicast, congestion control, packet switching, overlay
networks] is misguided that uses its insights to lay out an alternative
strategy to address the same underlying problems.
discussion of how emerging technologies for [quantum networking,
untethered sensors, network processors, large-scale packet simulation]
will change networking or network research and why these changes matter.
For" papers that examine an old problem in a new light (or shed the
first light on an entirely new problem), and propose a new research
studies that synthesize examples that show how to (or how not to)
design future architectures, systems, or protocols.
that put forth architectural principles or frameworks for the design or
analysis of communication systems, or that re-examine well-known
principles or frameworks in light of changes in the world of networking
since they were originally conceived.
that apply techniques or organizing principles from outside of
networking to a networking problem, and demonstrate how this is likely
to lead to new approaches or solutions.
that argue that "Research in Topic X Considered Harmful", where X is a
topic that the community is actively pursuing (e.g., congestion
control, overlay networks, traffic measurement, sensor networks,
peer-to-peer systems, etc.).