Applied Networking Research Prize

2014 Prize Winners for IETF-89

We are extremely pleased to report that for the 2014 award period of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP), 46 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by four members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet.

Based on this review, six submissions were awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize for 2014. The first two prize winners will present their work at IETF-89 in London, UK. The ANRP awards for IETF-89 go to:

Kenny Paterson for finding and documenting new attacks against TLS and DTLS:
N. J. Al Fardan and K. G. Paterson. Lucky Thirteen: Breaking the TLS and DTLS Record Protocols. Proc. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, pp. 526-540, San Francisco, CA, USA, May 2013.
Keith Winstein for designing a transport protocol for interactive applications that desire high throughput and low delay:
Keith Winstein, Anirudh Sivaraman, and Hari Balakrishnan Stochastic Forecasts Achieve High Throughput and Low Delay over Cellular Networks. Proc. 10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Lombard, IL, USA, April 2013.

2014 Nomination Period Ended

The 2014 nomination period for the Applied Networking Research Prize has ended. No nominations are currently accepted. The next nomination period for 2015 will start in the spring or summer of 2014.

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About the ANRP

The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Researchers with relevant, recent results are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will offer them the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the engineers, network operators, policy makers and scientists that participate in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its research arm, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). Third-party nominations for this prize are also encouraged. The goal of the Applied Networking Research Prize is to recognize the best new ideas in networking, and bring them to the IETF and IRTF especially in cases where they would not otherwise see much exposure or discussion.

The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) consists of:

  • cash prize of $500 (USD)
  • invited talk at the IRTF Open Meeting
  • travel grant to attend a week-long IETF meeting (airfare, hotel, registration, stipend)
  • recognition at the IETF plenary
  • invitation to related social activities
  • potential for additional travel grants to future IETF meetings, based on community feedback

The Applied Networking Research Prize will be awarded once per calendar year. Each year, several winners will be chosen and invited to present their work at one of the three IETF meetings during the year.

How to Nominate

Only a single person can be nominated for the award. The basis of the nomination is a peer-reviewed, original journal, conference or workshop paper they authored, which was recently published or accepted for publication. The nominee must be one of the main authors of the nominated paper. Both self nominations (nominating one’s own paper) and third-party nominations (nominating someone else’s paper) are encouraged.

The nominated paper should provide a scientific foundation for possible future IETF engineering work or IRTF research and experimentation, analyze the behavior of Internet protocols in operational deployments or realistic testbeds, make an important contribution to the understanding of Internet scalability, performance, reliability, security or capability, or otherwise be of relevance to ongoing or future IETF or IRTF activities.

Applicants must briefly describe how the nominated paper relates to these goals, and are encouraged to describe how a presentation of these research results would foster their transition into new IETF engineering or IRTF experimentation, or otherwise seed new activities that will have an impact on the real-world Internet.

The goal of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is to foster the transitioning of research results into real-world benefits for the Internet. Therefore, applicants must indicate that they (or the nominee, in case of third-party nominations) are available to attend at least one of the year’s IETF meetings in person and in its entirety.

Nominations for the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) are not considered to be contributions to the IETF. However, the invited talks at the IRTF Open Meeting are considered to be contributions, and the IRTF “Intellectual Property Rights” statement does apply to them.

Selection Process

A selection committee comprised of individuals knowledgeable about the IRTF, IETF and the broader networking research community will evaluate the submissions against these selection criteria.

These individuals currently serve on the ANRP selection committee:


The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is supported by the Internet Society (ISOC), as part of its Internet Research Award Programme, in coordination with the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).

Past Prize Winners

The following Applied Networking Prizes have been awarded in the past:

At IETF-88, to Idilio Drago for characterizing traffic and workloads of the Dropbox cloud storage system:
Idilio Drago, Marco Mellia, Maurizio M. Munafo, Anna Sperotto, Ramin Sadre and Aiko Pras. Inside Dropbox: Understanding Personal Cloud Storage Services. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2012, Boston, MA, USA.
At IETF-87, to Te-Yuan Huang for insights into the difficulties of rate adaptation for streaming video:
Te-Yuan Huang, Nikhil Handigol, Brandon Heller, Nick McKeown and Ramesh Johari. Confused, Timid, and Unstable: Picking a Video Streaming Rate is Hard. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2012, Boston, MA, USA.
At IETF-87, to Laurent Vanbever for proposing a framework to allow seamless BGP reconfigurations:
Stefano Vissicchio, Laurent Vanbever, Cristel Pelsser, Luca Cittadini, Pierre Francois and Olivier Bonaventure. Improving Network Agility with Seamless BGP Reconfigurations. Proc. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TON), Volume 21, Issue 3, June 2013, pp 990-1002.
At IETF-86, to Gonca Gürsun for defining a metric that allows an analysis of BGP routing policies:
Gonca Gürsun, Natali Ruchansky, Evimaria Terzi and Mark Crovella. Routing State Distance: A Path-based Metric For Network Analysis. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2012, Boston, MA, USA.
At IETF-85, to Srikanth Sundaresan for his measurement study of access link performance on home gateway devices:
Srikanth Sundaresan, Walter de Donato, Nick Feamster, Renata Teixeira, Sam Crawford and Antonio Pescapè. Broadband Internet Performance: A View From the Gateway. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, August 2011, Toronto, Canada.
At IETF-85, to Peyman Kazemian for developing a general and protocol-agnostic framework for statically checking network specifications and configurations:
Peyman Kazemian, George Varghese and Nick McKeown. Header Space Analysis: Static Checking For Networks. Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), April 2012, San Jose, CA, USA.
At IETF-84, to Alberto Dainotti for his research into Internet communication disruptions due to filtering:
Alberto Dainotti, Claudio Squarcella, Emile Aben, K.C. Claffy, Marco Chiesa, Michele Russo and Antonio Pescapè. Analysis of Country-wide Internet Outages Caused by Censorship. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2011, Berlin, Germany.
(No ANRP was awarded at IETF-83, due to the change to a yearly award cycle.)
At IETF-82, to Michio Honda for his research into determining the future extensibility of TCP:
Michio Honda, Yoshifumi Nishida, Costin Raiciu, Adam Greenhalgh, Mark Handley and Hideyuki Tokuda. Is it Still Possible to Extend TCP? Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2011, Berlin, Germany.
At IETF-82, to Nasif Ekiz for his analysis of misbehaving TCP receivers:
Nasif Ekiz, Abuthahir Habeeb Rahman and Paul D. Amer. Misbehaviors in TCP SACK Generation. ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Volume 41, Issue 2, April 2011.
At IETF-81, to Mattia Rossi for his research into reducing BGP traffic:
Geoff Huston, Mattia Rossi and Grenville Armitage. A Technique for Reducing BGP Update Announcements through Path Exploration Damping. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Vol. 28, No. 8, pp. 1271–1286, October 2010.
At IETF-81, to Beichuan Zhang for his research into “green” traffic engineering:
Mingui Zhang, Cheng Yi, Bin Liu and Beichuan Zhang. GreenTE: Power-Aware Traffic Engineering. Proc. IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), pp. 21–30, October 2010.