CSAIL researchers Clark and Sollins receive ACM's Test of Time Award

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January 14, 2013

CSAIL principal investigators David Clark (right) and Karen Sollins receive the ACM's Test of Time Award for 2002 paper title "Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow's Internet"In 2002 MIT Laboratory for Computer Science researchers Karen Sollins and David Clark (along with co-authors John Wroclawski and Bob Braden, with the USC Information Sciences Institute) published and presented a paper to an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCOMM conference titled "Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow's Internet."  Due to the enduring nature of their discussion and the fact the paper was shared with an ACM conference, it is now being recognized ten years later.

Read more in the CSAIL Jan. 15, 2013 article by Abby Abazorius titled "Clark and Sollins receive Test of Time Award. MIT researchers honored for their paper 'Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet,' also posted below and also appearing on the MIT News Office website. Read their paper.


Dr. David Clark and Dr. Karen Sollins have been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCOMM with the Test of Time Award for their paper “Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet.” Clark and Sollins published the paper in 2002 along with co-authors John Wroclawski and Bob Braden.

The prize recognizes papers published 10 to 12 years ago in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM-sponsored or co-sponsored conference whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today.

Clark, a senior research scientist at CSAIL, is recognized as one of the foundational leaders of the development of the Internet. From 1981-1989, he acted as chief protocol architect in the development of the Internet, and chaired the Internet Activities Board.

His recent activities include extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding local loop employment. New activities focus on the architecture of the Internet in the post-PC era.

Sollins, a principal research scientist in the Advanced Network Architecture Group at CSAIL, conducts research in the area of support for network-based systems and applications. Her doctoral thesis focused on distributed name management, and she has published papers on an authentication protocol and global naming.

More recently, she led the Information Mesh Project, addressing architectural problems of an extremely long-lived global mesh of information, followed by work on issues of extreme scaling in the net.