Conviva’s Groundbreaking Streaming Analytics Innovation Recognized with Two ACM SIGCOMM Innovation Awards


FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Convivia, the world’s leading streaming analytics platform, has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Data Communications Special Interest Group (ACM SIGCOMM) with two prestigious innovation awards: the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award and the SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award. Both awards honor the vision and impact of Conviva’s commitment to technology innovation in data and analytics, which began with the founding team of Hui Zhang, Aditya Ganjam, Jibin Zhan (Conviva ) and Ion Stoica (Conviva, Databricks) setting standards that have moved the industry forward. The work of this team has continued to be foundational in enabling and continually improving the quality and overall end-user experience that is the industry standard in streaming media today. This same core technology has also proven applicable to virtually any industry where technology and business leaders have a business imperative to make the vast amount of their data available to their organizations in real time and actionable. in all aspects of their operations.

SIGCOMM Test of Time Awards 2022

ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time 2022 Award Honors Conviva Founders for Their Article from 2011 detailing the direct link between video quality and user engagement. The annual award recognizes papers published 10-12 years ago that are deemed to offer data, insights and predictions that still matter today.

“What we didn’t predict was who would be the winners and losers in the streaming wars,” said Hui Zhang, Conviva co-founder, chief scientist and chairman of the board. “What we did Ten years ago, and it’s still true today, measuring quality and engagement in streaming is critical to market growth and wins. Having this real-time information at their fingertips is essential for publishers and brands to inform all actions to optimize their services and maximize their investment.

The groundbreaking technology that underlined the Test of Time award was documented in an article titled “Understanding the Impact of Video Quality on User Engagement” that was first presented at the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 conference. The authors were Conviva founders Hui Zhang, Ion Stoica, Aditya Ganjam, and Jibin Zhan, along with teammates Florin Dobrian, Asad Awan, Dilip Joseph, and Vyas Sekar, a fellow scholar and now Carnegie Mellon University professor. The article pioneered large-scale video metrics and documented an in-depth study conducted on how video quality affects user engagement, which had a lasting impact on streaming media optimization.

The state of streaming

While the quality of video streaming has improved dramatically over the past 10 years, consumer expectations have also reached new heights. Anything less than high resolution and smooth playback all the time is acceptable. Detecting and identifying the root causes of any impediments to a great experience is more difficult than ever due to the complexity of today’s streaming technology ecosystem. Various mobile-connected TV devices and associated video/app technology stacks, sophisticated cloud-based media preparation, content distribution, and advertising technology stacks can all contribute to more microscopic and subtle failure modes. More than a trillion-plus market (ranging from the media, entertainment, sports, education and fitness industries) relies on streaming, making it a major issue to ensure every media consumer the best experience.

Each quarter, Conviva conducts an in-depth global review of streaming quality and adoption in a report titled Streaming status.

SIGCOMM Networking Systems Price 2022

A separate SIGCOMM Award Committee has also selected Conviva as the recipient of the 2022 SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award, recognizing the development of a networking system that has had a significant impact on the world of communications and computer networking. According to the committee, Conviva was recognized for “the sustained impact that Conviva has had, from the early days of translating published research into a successful real-world system, in having a significant impact on streaming systems and Real-world CDN, and then continuing to give back to the research community through data sharing and publications.

“While I am very proud that Conviva has been recognized for its impact on the industry, our contribution to the research community is also very significant,” added Zhang. “I am grateful to all of our academic collaborators and the talented undergraduate and graduate trainees from top research programs at CMU, Berkeley, Chicago, Purdue, and USC.”

The 2022 Test of Time winners were selected by an esteemed committee of technology experts that included Fadel Adib (MIT), Venkat Padmanabhan (Microsoft Research India, Chairman), Jennifer Rexford (Princeton), and Renata Teixeira (Netflix). The 2022 SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award was selected by a committee consisting of Vishal Misra, Anees Shaikh and Puneet Sharma.

About ACM SIGCOMM

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and SIGCOMM is ACM’s professional forum for the discussion of topics in the field of computer communications and networking, including engineering design and the engineering, regulation and operations, and the social implications of computer networks. SIG members are particularly interested in issues of systems engineering and communication architecture.

About Conviva

Conviva helps streaming businesses take action in seconds to grow their business ahead of the competition. Conviva’s leading global streaming analytics platform provides comprehensive, continuous census-level measurement through real-time server-side sessioning at scale. Using a single sensor and a single pipeline, its 60+ patent platform enables marketers, advertisers, technicians, engineering and customer service teams to acquire, engage, monetize and retain their audience. Conviva is dedicated to supporting brands like DAZN, Disney+, Hulu, Paramount+, Peacock, Sky, Sling TV, TED and WarnerMedia as they unlock the incredible opportunity of streaming media. Today, the Conviva platform processes nearly 3 trillion streaming data events daily, supporting more than 500 million unique viewers watching 200 billion streams per year across 4 billion streaming apps on devices. To learn more, visit www.conviva.com.

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