We are pleased to report that 65 nominations were received for the
Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) 2023. Each nomination was
reviewed by several members of the
according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific merit,
relevance to IETF and/or IRTF activities, and the potential of the
nominee to have impact in the community.
The following people will receive the Applied Networking Research
Prize during the IRTF Open Meeting at IETF-118 in Prague
4-10 November 2023:
For his work on verifying the correctness of nameservers
Siva Kesava Reddy Kakarla, Ryan Beckett, Todd Millstein, and George Varghese,
“SCALE: Automatically Finding RFC Compliance Bugs in DNS Nameservers”,
Proceedings of the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design
and Implementation (NSDI) 2022.
For his work on content-addressable peer-to-peer storage:
Dennis Trautwein, Aravindh Raman, Gareth Tyson, Ignacio Castro, Will Scott, Moritz Schubotz, Bela Gipp, and Yiannis Psaras,
“Design and Evaluation of IPFS: A Storage Layer for the Decentralized Web”
Proceedings of the ACMSIGCOMM Conference 2022.
For his work on identifying and locating in-network censorship devices:
Ram Sundara Raman, Mona Wang, Jakub Dalek, Jonathan Mayer, and Roya Ensafi
“Network Measurement Methods for Locating and Examining Censorship Devices”
Proceedings of ACMCoNEXT 2022.
The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is awarded to recognise
the best recent results in applied networking, interesting new
research ideas of potential relevance to the Internet standards
community, and upcoming people that are likely to have an impact on
Internet standards and technologies, with a particular focus on cases
where these people or ideas would not otherwise get much exposure or
be able to participate in the discussion.
We encourage nominations of researchers with relevant research results,
interesting ideas, and new perspectives. The award 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). Both self- and third-party
nominations for this prize are encouraged.
The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) consists of:
a cash prize of $1000 (USD)
an invited talk at the IRTF Open Meeting
a travel grant to attend a week-long IETF meeting (airfare, hotel, registration, stipend)
In addition, prize winners may be offered additional travel grants to
attend future IETF and/or IRTF meetings. Such grants are made at the
discretion of the award committee, based on community feedback,
engagement with the community, and potential future impact.
Applied Networking Research Prize awards are made once per calendar
year with a nomination deadline in late November. Each year, several
winners will be chosen and invited to present their work at one of
the three IETF meetings during the following year.
How to Nominate
Nominations are for a
author of an original, peer-reviewed, journal, conference or workshop
paper that was recently published or accepted for publication.
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, with their permission) are encouraged.
The nominated paper should provide a scientific foundation for
possible future engineering work in the IETF, or research and
experimentation in the IRTF. It should 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
briefly describe how the nominated paper relates to these goals.
They should describe how involving the nominee in the IETF and IRTF
process, and bringing them to an IETF meeting, would help to foster
the transition of the results and/or ideas into new IETF engineering
work 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 IETF meetings in the following year.
In-person attendance is desirable, where possible, but due to the
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remote participation options will
be available for ANRP prize winners at all IETF meetings in 2024.
optionally, any other supporting information (link to nominee’s web
All nominees will be notified by email about the decision regarding their nomination.
Papers nominated for the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) are
considered to be contributions to the IETF or IRTF. However, the
invited talks about those papers given at the IRTF Open Meeting
considered to be contributions and
the IRTF Intellectual Property Rights disclosure rules
23 October 2023
19 November 2023
5 January 2024
The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) is supported by the
Internet Society in coordination with the Internet Research Task
Additional corporate sponsorship 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
Jason Livingood, Vice President - Internet Services, Comcast
An award committee comprised of individuals knowledgeable about the
IRTF, IETF and the broader networking research community will
evaluate the submissions against these selection criteria.
Simon Scherrer, Markus Legner, Adrian Perrig, and Stefan Schmid,
“Model-Based Insights on the Performance, Fairness, and Stability of BBR”,
Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, 2022.
Boris Pismenny, Haggai Eran, Aviad Yehezkel, Liran Liss, Adam Morrison, and Dan Tsafrir,
“Autonomous NIC Offloads”
Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Architectural
Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS)
Arthur S. Jacobs, Roman Beltiukov, Walter Willinger, Ronaldo A. Ferreira, Arpit Gupta, and Lisandro Z. Granville,
“AI/ML for Network Security: The Emperor has no Clothes”
Proceedings of the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2022
Gautam Akiwate, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and K. C. Claffy,
“Risky BIZness: Risks Derived from Registrar Name Management”
Proceedings of the Internet Measurement Conference, 2021.
At IETF-115, to
for her ethnographic work on the IETF’s distinct organizational culture and how its ‘rough’ edges limit the ability of human rights’ advocates to get their concerns included in technical discussions:
“The Technology We Choose to Create: Human Rights Advocacy in the Internet Engineering Task Force”
Telecommunications Policy Journal, volume 45, number 6, 2021
Daniel Wagner, Daniel Kopp, Matthias Wichtlhuber, Christoph Dietzel, Oliver Hohlfeld, Georgios Smaragdakis, and Anja Feldmann,
“United We Stand: Collaborative Detection and Mitigation of Amplification DDoS Attacks at Scale”,
Proceedings of the ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security, 2021
Tushar Swamy, Alexander Rucker, Muhammad Shahbaz, Ishan Gaur, and Kunle Olukotun
“Taurus: A Data Plane Architecture for Per-Packet ML”,
Proceedings of the International Conference on Architectural
Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, 2022.
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Sam Kumar, Michael Andersen, Hyung-Sin Kim, and David Culler
“Performant TCP for Low-Power Wireless Networks”,
Proceedings of the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, 2020.
At IETF-113, to
Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi
for her work on the resilience of the Internet infrastructure
to solar superstorms (large scale coronal mass ejections):
At IETF-113, to
for his work showing that networking algorithm A/B tests can be
biased because of network congestion:
Bruce Spang, Veronica Hannan, Shravya Kunamalla, Te-Yuan Huang, Nick McKeown, and Ramesh Johari
“Unbiased experiments in congested networks”,
Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference Conference, 2021
At IETF-112, to
for his work on the extensibility of BGP implementations, and
other routing protocols:
Kevin Bock, George Hughey, Louis-Henri Merino, Tania Arya, Daniel Liscinsky, Regina Pogosian, and Dave Levin,
“Come as You Are: Helping Unmodified Clients Bypass Censorship with Server-side Evasion”,
Proceedings of ACMSIGCOMM 2020
Sadjad Fouladi, John Emmons, Emre Orbay, Catherine Wu, Riad S. Wahby, and Keith Winstein,
“Salsify: low-latency network video through tighter integration between a video codec and a transport protocol”,
Proceedings of USENIX NSDI 2018.
Francis Y. Yan, Hudson Ayers, Chenzhi Zhu, Sadjad Fouladi, James Hong, Keyi Zhang, Philip Levis, and Keith Winstein,
“Learning in situ: a randomized experiment in video streaming”,
Proceedings of USENIX NSDI 2020
Audrey Randall, Enze Liu, Gautam Akiwate, Ramakrishna Padmanabhan, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Stefan Savage, and Aaron Schulman,
“Trufflehunter: Cache Snooping Rare Domains at Large Public DNS Resolvers”,
Proceedings of ACM IMC 2020
At IETF-108, to
for her work to develop a taxonomy of Internet host liveness:
Shehar Bano, Philipp Richter, Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Zakir Durumeric, Steven J. Murdoch, Richard Mortier, and Vern Paxson,
“Scanning the Internet for Liveness”,
ACM Computer Communication Review, April 2018.
Chaoyi Lu, Baojun Liu, Zhou Li, Shuang Hao, Haixin Duan, Mingming Zhang, Chunying Leng, Ying Liu, Zaifeng Zhang, and Jian-ping Wu,
“An End-to-End, Large-Scale Measurement of DNS-over-Encryption: How Far Have We Come?”,
Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2019.
At IETF-108, to
for his work on traffic engineering:
Enric Pujol, Ingmar Poese, Johannes Zerwas, Georgios Smaragdakis, and Anja Feldmann,
“Steering Hyper-Giants’ Traffic at Scale”,
Proceedings of ACMCoNEXT,
Orlando, FL, USA, December 2019.
No awards were made at IETF-107, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
At IETF-106, to
for his work on wireless network security:
At IETF-102, to
for a detailed analysis of the impact that Internet routing attacks (such as BGP hijacks) and malicious Internet Service Providers (ISP) can have on the Bitcoin cryptocurrency: