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Srikanth Sundaresan wins ACM Internet Measurement Conference Community Contribution Award

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Congratulations to Srikanth Sundaresan, whose paper “Measuring and Mitigating Web Performance Bottlenecks in Broadband Access Networks“, was selected for the Community Contribution Award at ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference.  The research uses the BISmark home network measurement platform which he and others have developed and deployed in more than 200 home networks around the world.

The major findings of the work include:

  • When the downstream throughput of the access link exceeds about 16 Mbits/s, latency is the main bottleneck for Web page load time.
  • Placing a cache in the home network and performing active prefetching for DNS records and TCP connections can improve Web page load time by as much as 35%.

The paper was selected for the award based on the importance of the research findings and the value of the software and data to the broader networking community.  Congratulations to Srikanth!


Author: Nick Feamster

Nick Feamster is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network operations and security, and anonymous communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 "Top Young Innovators Under 35" award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, and award papers at SIGCOMM 2006 (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI 2005 conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security 2002 (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security 2001 (web cookie analysis).

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