Applied Networking Research Prize

2016 Prize Winners for IETF-97

We are extremely pleased to report that for the 2016 award period of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP), 53 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by several members of the selection committee 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 are awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize in 2016. Two prize winners will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF-97 in Seoul, Korea. The ANRPs for IETF-97 go to:

Olivier Tilmans for the Fibbing architecture that enables central control over distributed routing:
Stefano Vissicchio, Olivier Tilmans, Laurent Vanbever and Jennifer Rexford. Central Control Over Distributed Routing. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, London, UK, August 2015.
Benjamin Hesmans for enabling applications to control how Multipath TCP transfers data:
Benjamin Hesmans, Gregory Detal, Sebastien Barre, Raphael Bauduin and Olivier Bonaventure. SMAPP: Towards Smart Multipath TCP-enabled APPlications. Proc. ACM CoNEXT, Heidelberg, Germany, December 2015.

Call for Nominations Open Now!

Submit nominations for the 2017 award period of the Applied Networking Research Prize until November 6, 2016!

Important Dates

Nominations open: Sep 15, 2016
Nomination deadline: November 6, 2016
Award notifications: December 8, 2016

How to Nominate

Nominations are submitted via the submission site or by email to


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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 must include:

  • the name and email address of the nominee
  • a bibliographic reference to the published (or accepted) nominated paper
  • a PDF copy of the nominated paper
  • a statement that describes how the nominated paper fulfills the goals of the award
  • a statement about which of the year’s IETF meetings the nominee would be available to attend in person and in its entirety
  • a brief biography or CV of the nominee
  • optionally, any other supporting information (link to nominee’s web site, etc.)

Nominations are submitted via the submission site. In exceptional cases, nominations may also be submitted by email to

All nominees will be notified by email about the decision regarding their nomination.

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.

Important Dates

Nominations open: Sep 15, 2016
Nomination deadline: November 6, 2016
Award notifications: December 8, 2016


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).

Additional corporate sponsorhip for the ANRP is kindly provided by:


If your organization would like to support the ANRP, please contact

“We like the Applied Network Research Prize because it encourages novel research that helps companies like Comcast and our partners build better Internet services and technologies for end users, and helps the community move important standards work into deployable technology more effectively.”

Jason Livingood, Vice President - Internet Services, Comcast

Nomination Committee

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:

Past Prize Winners

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

At IETF-96, to Samuel Jero for a security analysis of the QUIC protocol:
Robert Lychev, Samuel Jero, Alexandra Boldyreva and Cristina Nita-Rotaru. How Secure and Quick is QUIC? Provable Security and Performance Analyses. Proc. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, pp. 214–231, San Jose, CA, USA, May 2015.
At IETF-96, to Dario Rossi for characterizing anycast adoption and deployment in the IPv4 Internet:
Danilo Cicalese, Jordan Augé, Diana Joumblatt, Timur Friedman and Dario Rossi. Characterizing IPv4 Anycast Adoption and Deployment. Proc. ACM CoNEXT, Heidelberg, Germany, December 2015.
At IETF-95, to Roya Ensafi for examining how the Chinese “great firewall” discovers hidden circumvention servers:
Roya Ensafi, David Fifield, Philipp Winter, Nick Feamster, Nicholas Weaver, and Vern Paxson. Examining How the Great Firewall Discovers Hidden Circumvention Servers. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Tokyo, Japan, October 28-30, 2015.
At IETF-95, to Zakir Durumeric for an empirical analysis of email delivery security:
Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, James Kasten, Elie Bursztein, Nicolas Lidzborski, Kurt Thomas, Vijay Eranti, Michael Bailey, and J. Alex Halderman. Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM… An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Tokyo, Japan, October 28-30, 2015.
At IETF-94, to Xiao Sophia Wang for a systematic study of web page load times under SPDY:
Xiao Sophia Wang, Aruna Balasubramanian, Arvind Krishnamurthy and David Wetherall. How Speedy is SPDY? Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Seattle, WA, USA, April 2-4, 2014.
At IETF-94, to Roland van Rijswijk-Deij for a detailed measurement study on a large dataset of DNSSEC-signed domains:
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Anna Sperotto, and Aiko Pras. DNSSEC and its Potential for DDoS Attacks: A Comprehensive Measurement Study. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2014.
At IETF-93, to Haya Shulman for analyzing the deficiencies of DNS privacy approaches:
Haya Shulman. Pretty Bad Privacy: Pitfalls of DNS Encryption. Proc. ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES), Scottsdale, AZ, USA, November 3, 2014.
At IETF-93, to João Luís Sobrinho for designing a route-aggregation technique that allows filtering while respecting routing policies:
João Luís Sobrinho, Laurent Vanbever, Franck Le and Jennifer Rexford. Distributed Route Aggregation on the Global Network. Proc. ACM CoNEXT, Sydney, Australia, December 2-5, 2014.
At IETF-92, to Aaron Gember-Jacobson for designing and evaluating an NFV control plane:
Aaron Gember-Jacobson, Raajay Viswanathan, Chaithan Prakash, Robert Grandl, Junaid Khalid, Sourav Das and Aditya Akella. OpenNF: Enabling Innovation in Network Function Control. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, Chicago, IL, USA, August 2014.
At IETF-91, to Sharon Goldberg for discussing threats when BGP RPKI authorities are faulty, misconfigured, compromised, or compelled to misbehave:
Danny Cooper, Ethan Heilman, Kyle Brogle, Leonid Reyzin and Sharon Goldberg. On the Risk of Misbehaving RPKI Authorities. Proc. ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-XII), College Park, MD, USA, November 2013.
At IETF-91, to Tobias Flach for the design of novel loss recovery mechanisms for TCP that minimize timeout-driven recovery:
Tobias Flach, Nandita Dukkipati, Andreas Terzis, Barath Raghavan, Neal Cardwell, Yuchung Cheng, Ankur Jain, Shuai Hao, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Ramesh Govindan. Reducing Web Latency: the Virtue of Gentle Aggression. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, Hong Kong, China, August 2013.
At IETF-91, to Misbah Uddin for developing matching and ranking for network search queries to make operational data available in real-time to management applications:
Misbah Uddin, Rolf Stadler and Alexander Clemm. Scalable Matching and Ranking for Network Search. Proc. International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM), Zürich, Switzerland, October 2013.
At IETF-90, to Robert Lychev for studying the security benefits provided by partially-deployed S*BGP:
Robert Lychev, Sharon Goldberg and Michael Schapira. BGP Security in Partial Deployment. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, Hong Kong, China, August 2013.
At IETF-89, 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.
At IETF-89, to 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.
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), Boston, MA, USA, November 2012.
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), Boston, MA, USA, November 2012.
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), Boston, MA, USA, November 2012.
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, Toronto, Canada, August 2011.
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), San Jose, CA, USA, April 2012.
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), Berlin, Germany, November 2011.
(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), Berlin, Germany, November 2011.
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.