Report on IEEE INFOCOM Global Internet 2009

This year, the IEEE Global Internet Symposium took place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on 24 April 2009.

There were 36 papers submitted to the workshop. Four papers were not reviewed but rejected by the TPC chairs as out of scope for the Symposium. About 45% of the authors of submitted papers were affiliated with European institutions, 34% with North American institutions, 15% Asian and finally 6% South America (Brazil only — expected given the location of the workshop).

The total number of papers accepted was 12 for an acceptance ratio of 36.4% (excluding out of scope papers) in line with previous editions of the workshop. The geographic distribution of the authors of accepted papers followed the distribution of the submissions (41.7% Europe, 35.4% North America, 14.6% Asia, 8.3% South America).

The workshop followed a blind reviewing process, where the reviewers’ names were not known to the authors, but the authors’ names were visible to the reviewers. Each paper received three reviews from TPC members. With 28 TPC members the review load was fairly small (3/4 papers per TPC member). Overall the review process went fairly smoothly with a clear cut between papers in the accept or reject category. The papers were organized in five sessions over the duration of one day: Routing and Traffic Engineering, One-to-Many Communications, Data Transport, Security, Traffic Classification.

Attendance to the workshop was somewhat limited. The location of the conference and the difficult economic situation made it hard for many (in particular from industry) to attend the workshop. Two papers had no authors that could attend due to visa issues or travel restrictions enforced in their companies or institutions — substitutes familiar with the work that were attending Infocom were proposed by the authors to present the papers. In any case, there was still an interesting and lively discussion over the papers presented and most attendees participated to the workshop until the end of the day.

[Report submitted by Gianluca Iannaccone and James Sterbenz, Co-Chairs GI 2009, May 16, 2009]