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ICN Management Considerations draft advances in the IRTF

posted Mar 17, 2014, 6:41 AM by Antonis Makris   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:47 AM by Corinna Schmitt ]
Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)The Information Centric Networking Research Group (ICNRG) is a group of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) that provides a forum for the exchange of ICN research with preference on implementation experiences. The 10th and 11th ICNRG meetings were held on March 2 and March 3 in London, UK. The 10th meeting was a full-day, interim meeting collocated with IETF 89, whereas the 11th meeting was a two and a half hour, regular session of the IETF 89 agenda. Mr. Spiros Spirou, the leader of the ICOM team in SmartenIT, attended and contributed to both meetings.

The objective of the 10th meeting was to consider video distribution and the Internet of Things (IoT) as possible areas of work for the group. The 11th meeting aimed at reviewing the status of the group documents (ICN Baseline Scenarios and ICN Research Challenges) and moving them into the RFC publication process. Both meetings achieved their objectives. Some interesting work on network management, traffic engineering, web technology, and mobility, always in relation to ICN, was also presented and discussed at the meetings.

ICOM has contributed to the ICN Management Considerations draft with a section on content management, i.e., support of the object create, read, update, and delete operations in ICN networks. ICOM will enrich this section further with the logging operation, in time for IETF 90 in Toronto, Canada. Also for IETF 90, ICOM will contribute to the ICN Evaluation Methodology draft with metrics for the control plane.

ICN is a potentially disruptive networking paradigm under intense research. Rethinking existing application on ICN networks and considering ICN network deployment are recent trends. As such, SmartenIT should take ICN into account. The ICNRG in particular, can provide a forum for debating practical ideas out of SmartenIT on how to do network management and traffic engineering on ICN networks. The goal is to integrate such work into the ICN Management draft. Also, the Baseline Scenarios draft now contains a mature list of use cases for modern networks that can be quite useful for SmartenIT.