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SIGCOMM'99 seeks papers describing significant contributions to the broad field of computer and data communication networks. Authors are invited to submit full papers concerned with both theory and practice. Papers specifically focused on network infrastructure, management, and distributed application services are particularly encouraged. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed application infrastructure paradigms
  • Distributed common application services, middleware protocols, and open signaling
  • High-speed networks, routing, and addressing
  • Layer-4 switching and layer-3 bypass mechanisms
  • Resource sharing, quality of service, multimedia networks, and OS support
  • Heterogeneous interworking, large-scale networks
  • Network management
  • Active network architectures and protocols
  • Important experimental results from operational networks and lessons learned from prototype implementations
  • Wireless networking and support for mobile hosts
  • Analysis and design of computer network architectures and algorithms
  • Protocol specification, verification, and analysis
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SIGCOMM'99 is a single-track, highly selective conference at which successful submissions typically report results firmly substantiated by experiment, implementation, simulation, or mathematical analysis. The Program Committee may select a small number of submissions describing promising work in progress. Authors should clearly identify such submissions in their accompanying cover letter.

The SIGCOMM'99 committee is planning both an excellent technical program and related activities. In addition to the presentation papers and results, SIGCOMM'99 will offer tutorials by noted instructors on the two days preceding the actual conference, and a session during the conference at which speakers may present outrageous opinions.

Submission Instructions

Authors must submit papers electronically, preferably via the web using the online instructions, or if the authors cannot use the web interface, then contact the Program Committee Chairs for submission instructions by e-mail to <>. Authors may make hard copy submissions only if they receive special permission from the Program Co-Chairs.

Papers must be less than 20 double-spaced pages long (formatted for printing in the Proceedings, papers may not be longer than 12 pages), have an abstract of 100 - 150 words, and be original material that has not been previously published nor is currently under review by another conference or journal. Any previous or simultaneous publication of related material should be explicitly noted in the submission.

Important Dates 
Paper submissions  January 29, 1999 
Tutorial proposals  February 28, 1999 
Notification of acceptance  April 16, 1999 
Camera-ready papers due  May 21, 1999 
Due to the high number of anticipated submissions, authors are encouraged to strictly adhere to the paper submission deadline. The Program Committee will not accept papers submitted after the deadline without an extension granted by the Program Co-Chairs.

All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. Authors' names should not appear on the paper or in the PostScript file for electronic submissions. E-mail submissions require a cover letter that identifies the paper title and lists the name, affiliation, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of all authors. Authors of accepted papers will need to sign an ACM copyright release form and present their paper at the conference. The Proceedings of the conference will be published as a special issue of ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review. The Program Committee may also select a few papers for possible publication in the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. Note that electronic copies of the accepted papers will be published on the SIGCOMM'99 web site prior to the conference unless authors specifically request that this not be done.


SIGCOMM'99 will begin with two days of tutorials covering single topics in detail. Proposals are solicited from individuals interested in giving a tutorial. Tutorials may be half or full day in length and cover topics at an introductory or advanced level. Proposals for tutorials should be submitted to the Tutorial Chair at the address listed in the left sidebar. Include an extended abstract describing the topic and objectives, a detailed outline of content, a description of the intended audience, a biography of the speaker(s), and an indication of length (full or half day). Individuals interested in submitting tutorial proposals are encouraged to contact the Tutorial Chair before the deadline to discuss the proposed content.

Student Paper Award

Papers submitted by students may be entered in a student-paper award contest. From among the accepted papers, a maximum of four will be awarded full conference registration and a travel grant of $500. To be eligible, the student must be the sole author of the paper, or the first author and primary contributor. A cover letter must identify the paper as a candidate for this competition.


The keynote speaker at SIGCOMM'99 will be the 1999 winner of the ACM SIGCOMM Award for lifetime contributions to the field of computer communication. Procedures for nominating candidates for the SIGCOMM Award can be obtained from David C. Wood <>.