The prize recognizes papers published 10 to 12 years ago in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM-sponsored or co-sponsored conference whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today.
Clark, a senior research scientist at CSAIL, is recognized as one of the foundational leaders of the development of the Internet. From 1981-1989, he acted as chief protocol architect in the development of the Internet, and chaired the Internet Activities Board.
His recent activities include extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding local loop employment. New activities focus on the architecture of the Internet in the post-PC era.
Sollins, a principal research scientist in the Advanced Network Architecture Group at CSAIL, conducts research in the area of support for network-based systems and applications. Her doctoral thesis focused on distributed name management, and she has published papers on an authentication protocol and global naming.
More recently, she led the Information Mesh Project, addressing architectural problems of an extremely long-lived global mesh of information, followed by work on issues of extreme scaling in the net.