NIKSUN’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Walter Willinger, Recognized with ACM SIGCOMM’s “Test of Time” Paper Award

Dr. Willinger’s Internet Research Paper Debunks Popular View on the Internet’s Router-Level Topology

Princeton, NJ, June 28, 2016 — NIKSUN® Inc., the world leader in developing real-time and forensics-based cyber security and network performance monitoring solutions, announced today that Dr. Walter Willinger, Chief Scientist at NIKSUN, has been awarded the 2016 “Test of Time” Paper Award from ACM SIGCOMM, the Special Interest Group on Data Communication of the Association for Computing Machinery. This illustrious award recognizes work on “A first-principles approach to understanding the Internet’s router-level topology” that Dr. Willinger and collaborators from Caltech presented in 2004 at SIGCOMM’s flagship annual conference; the research was honored with the ACM SIGCOMM “Best Student Paper” Award at the 2004 conference.

The ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award recognizes a paper published 10 to 12 years in the past in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM-sponsored or co-sponsored conference that is deemed to be an outstanding paper whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today.

In selecting Dr. Willinger’s paper, the award committee’s citation states: This paper questioned the prevailing work on “scale-free” graph structure for network topologies that incorrectly speculated an “Achilles’ heel” for the Internet, and instead provided a methodologically sound basis to explain the observed structure of Internet topologies. The award committee continues: “The impact of the paper was in bringing a greater degree of rigor in network topology research and evaluation, and in informing the community of potential pitfalls in using black-box network models without a clear understanding of underlying structural effects in network design.” 

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