The special interest group for communication and distributed systems of the German Association for Computer Science (GI/ITG Fachgruppe KuVS) is calling applications for the biennal Communication Software Award. The Communication Software Award honors the best practice-oriented application, tool, framework, or demonstration showing innovative and original research in the areas of networks, communication, or distributed systems. Submissions of novel, original work from both academia and industry are invited, nominations of students, from academic research projects, or SME are especially encouraged. Products commercially available during the NetSys 2013 conference already, are excluded from the awards. Nominations of either single applicants or groups are welcome, the best student application may get an additional award.

The submission should include an extended abstract of up to two pages. They should include authorship (with affiliations), the problem domain and application of the communication software nominated, platform requirements, and the envisioned licensing scheme, and they should explicitly state what will be demonstrated at the NetSys 2013 conference and how the audience will be able to interact and experiment with it. The following assessment criteria should additionally be explicitly addressed:

  • the relevance to its application in practice
  • innovation and novelty of the new software
  • enhancements as compared to prior systems
  • the state of the software and its maturity for application

All nominations will undergo a preliminary review process for short listing. All short listed systems will have to be presented at the NetSys 2013 conference in Stuttgart (registration to the conference will be needed) in a demo session, and the prize will be awarded following the final selection of the committee on site.

All submissions should be emailed to the committee chair:
strufe (AT)


Abstract submission deadline: October 5, 2012 (expired)
Notification of invitation: November 5, 2012
Camera ready submission: December 7, 2012
NetSys - KiVS 2013: March 11-15, 2013