Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Definition of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)?

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society in the world. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and discoveries relating to many aspects of computing.


The ACM has a worldwide membership of 80,000 computer professionals representing a wide variety of interests. The ACM also sponsors a number of special interest groups (SIGs) that bring together ACM members with shared interests. These SIGs publish technical newsletters, host conferences, and help develop standards.

ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication

One SIG of interest to networking professionals is the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM), which provides a forum for data communication professionals. SIGCOMM focuses on standards for network protocols and architectures.

SIGCOMM publishes the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking Journal, sponsors conferences, and publishes a quarterly newsletter called the Computer Communication Review (CCR) in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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