International Conference on Network Protocols
November 6-9, 2005
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Welcome to Boston, the intellectual hub and melting pot of the Universe, and welcome to the International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), the melting pot of ideas from networking researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of computer network protocols from specification and design to analysis and verification, and from prototyping and implementation to testing and deployment.
Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and hosted by the Web and InterNetworking Group at Boston University, with generous support from the National Science Foundation and IBM, the 13th IEEE ICNP is held in Boston’s historic Back Bay area, a stone’s throw away from where the first optical one-if-by-land-and-two-if-by-sea bit, the first telegraph, the first transatlantic radio message, and the first email all originated. Against the background of such rich traditions, it is befitting for ICNP 2005 to also be a conference with many firsts!
The ICNP conference has a long-standing track record of excellence and this year is no exception. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the technical program co-chairs—Professors Ibrahim Matta of Boston University and Mohamed Gouda of the University of Texas at Austin—ICNP 2005 is packed with an excellent mix of plenary sessions, technical sessions, work-in-progress sessions, tutorials, and for the first time this year an exciting pre-conference workshop on secure network protocols. On behalf of the ICNP steering committee and on behalf of all attendees, we thank Ibrahim and Mohamed and all members of the technical, tutorial, and workshop committees for producing such a wonderful program.
For the first time this year, and in an effort to reach out to a more diverse audience, we have been able to offer travel awards to encourage participation from constituents who otherwise are not able to attend the conference – namely graduate students who are not presenting papers at the conference, and faculty members belonging to (or at institutions serving) under-represented groups. The inclusion in ICNP of a travel grant program targeting minorities and minority-serving institutions is the first such initiative in a major computer science/networking conference. These travel awards would not have been possible without the generous support of the NeTS program of the National Science Foundation. On behalf of the organizing committee and on behalf of all awardees, we extend our appreciation to NSF and in particular to Darleen Fisher who embraced the outreach goals underlying these awards.
Another first that we are proud to announce at ICNP 2005 is the institution of the ICNP Outstanding Technical Achievements Award, which aims to recognize and honor individuals who have made particularly significant and fundamental contributions to the art and science of networking protocol design, analysis, and implementation. We are thankful to the ICNP steering committee for their consideration and adoption of this idea and we look forward to celebrating the first administration of this award in ICNP 2006.
On behalf of all attendees, we would like to thank the staff of the IEEE Computer Society and the TC on Distributed Processing for their continued sponsorship of the conference. Special thanks are also due to the ICNP steering committee and in particular to Ken Calvert and David Lee for their invaluable advisory roles. Last but not least, we wish to express our appreciation to the many members of the WING group and to the staff of the Computer Science Department at Boston University for their logistical and technical help, including the multicast of the ICNP technical presentations in real-time – a first in ICNP’s history. Special thanks are due to Ms. Ellen Grady for her hard work on local arrangements and registration, which have kept the registration fees for ICNP well below the norm for major conferences, especially in a prime location such as Boston’s historic Back Bay area.
In closing, let us emphasize that one of the most important characteristics of ICNP is the truly open nature of its community—a community that welcomes and embraces new members. It is that welcoming and interactive nature of ICNP that makes it the perfect venue for introducing new comers to the networking community and for these new comers to forge meaningful “networks”. It is in that spirit that we welcome you to ICNP 2005, whether this is your first time or thirteenth time around. We hope that you will enjoy the program and the city of Boston, that you will make the most out of your participation, and that you will come back to ICNP for many years to come!
Azer Bestavros and Jim Kurose
ICNP 2005 General Co-Chairs
It is with honor and
privilege that we welcome you at ICNP 2005. On its
thirteenth anniversary, ICNP is back in Boston for the
second time. The first time ICNP was held in Boston was
in 1994 and since then, the reputation of ICNP has
rapidly grown and ICNP has become one of the premier
conferences in the field of computer networking.