2024 IEEE INTERNET AWARD
Sponsored by Google, LLC
For contributions towards a foundational understanding of Internet traffic and topology
Walter Willinger has made transformational contributions to the understanding of the temporal nature of Internet traffic and the spatial structure of the physical and logical topologies of the modern Internet. His insights changed the way we model the Internet and evaluate new protocols and network designs. Putting aside preconceived notions of what a network should look like, he carried out precise, large-scale measurements and analyses—and upended the traditional ways of modeling networks. His efforts continue to have a profound influence on the way researchers and practitioners alike think about computer networks. Indeed, all those now responsible for managing and improving the stability, scalability, performance, and security of the Internet are informed by Willinger’s work.
An IEEE Fellow, Willinger is Chief Scientist, NIKSUN Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
2024 IEEE KOJI KOBAYASHI COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
Sponsored by NEC Corporation
For contributions to the field of networking and Internet technologies, specifically to traffic engineering, network measurements, and Internet protocols
As the Internet has evolved — and, at times, threatened to devolve into gridlock — Anja Feldmann’s knowledge of network protocols and her mastery in collecting and analyzing measurement data from networks have been critical to its maintenance and improvement. She designed the first system for cross-layer analysis of traffic, she demonstrated how to efficiently carry HTTP traffic over ATM networks, she created the first system for measuring traffic matrices to guide traffic-engineering decisions, and she developed the first router-configuration analysis and verification system. The measurement and analysis tools she built laid the foundation for the design and management of IP networks across the industry. The functionality and resilience of our global communications infrastructure is due in large part to her contributions.
Feldmann is Director of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany.