The History of SIGMETRICS


The following trivia questions were used in a SIGMETRICS Trivia Contest held at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 conference at Columbia University in New York. They are intended as a fun exercise to learn some SIGMETRICS history. Enjoy!

  1. When was our SIG first created?
  2. Who was the very first SIG Chair?
  3. Including 2010, how many SIGMETRICS conferences have been held?
  4. How many SIGMETRICS conferences have been held jointly with IFIP Performance?
  5. How many members does SIGMETRICS currently have?
  6. How many members did SIGMETRICS have in June 1997?
  7. In which month have the most SIGMETRICS conferences been held?
  8. Which city has hosted the most ACM SIGMETRICS conferences? How many?
  9. What three different names has our SIG had during its 39-year existence?
  10. What additional name change was considered, but never acted upon?
  11. Who has served most often as General Chair for SIGMETRICS conferences?
  12. Who holds the record for the most consecutive years of service as the SIGMETRICS newsletter (N/L) editor? How many years?
  13. What unusual event took place at the 1987 ACM SIGMETRICS conference?
  14. Who included the SIGMETRICS conference as part of his/her honeymoon in 2005?
  15. Who holds the record for the most accepted papers (authored or co-authored) in a single SIGMETRICS conference? Which year?
  16. Including 2010, how many SIGMETRICS conferences have had the banquet on a cruise boat? Which years?
  17. Who has attended the most consecutive SIGMETRICS conferences? How many?
  18. Who holds the record for driving his/her car to the SIGMETRICS conference in the most consecutive years? How many, and in which years?
  19. Who was the first person to achieve the career "hat trick" of having served roles as Program Chair, General Chair, and SIG Chair for SIGMETRICS? Who else has done it?
  20. Who holds the career record for the most award papers at ACM SIGMETRICS conferences? How many, and in which years?

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Quick Links


  • SIGMETRICS is the flagship conference of the SIGMETRICS community.
  • Performance is the flagship conference of IFIP WG 7.3 and occurs jointly with SIGMETRICS once every three years.
  • IMC is at the intersection between SIGCOMM and SIGMETRICS, focusing on Internet measurement.
  • SenSys focuses on the design, implementation, and application of sensor networks.
  • Greenmetrics is a high-profile workshop that focuses on both designing sustainable ICT systems and using ICT to improve sustainability. Greenmetrics is returning in 2016 in conjunction with SIGMETRICS 2016.
  • MAMA is a high profile workshop that focuses on mathematical performance modeling tools.
  • ValueTools bridges the study of performance methodologies and the development of tools for performance evaluation.
  • ICPE (formerly WOSP) focuses on the intersection of software design and performance evaluation.

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