As usually at SigComm, all papers where really good. It was hard to pick my three favorite ones, here are the ones I have chosen today (Tomorrow this might look different):

  1. Efficient Error Estimating Coding: Feasibility and Applications (BEST PAPER): “Without actually correcting the errors in the packet, EEC enables the receiver to estimate the fraction of corrupted bits in the packet, which is perhaps the most important meta-information of a partial
    packet.” The paper shows how this information can be used for video streaming etc. where it is not so important that all bits are received correctly. Hence, EEC is somewhere between ECC (error correction codes) and CRCs on the other hand.
  2. SourceSync: A Distributed Wireless Architecture for Exploiting Sender Diversity: “SourceSync enables concurrent senders to synchronize their transmissions to symbol boundaries, and cooperate to forward packets at higher data rates than they could have achieved by transmitting separately. The paper shows that SourceSync improves the performance of opportunistic routing protocols.” Ok, this is cool: in classic opportunistic networks we exploited receiver diversity, now we do the same with the senders. I am wondering if this would also work for Wireless Sensor Networks. However, the tight synchronization requirements (down to the symbol level) seem to make it at least challenging.
  3. Understanding Block-level Address Usage in the Visible Internet: “We have little information about the edge of the network. Decentralized management, firewalls, and sensitivity to probing prevent easy answers and make measurement difficult. Building on frequent ICMP probing of 1% of the Internet address space, we develop clustering and analysis methods to estimate how Internet addresses are used.” This paper gives interesting insight in the edge, i.e., end hosts, of the Internet. I like this paper for a special reason: all measurements they do is to ping 1% of the Internet addresses. From this simple information they then smartly draw their conclusions.