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Considering traffic management on ICN networks

posted Oct 7, 2013, 3:35 AM by Antonis Makris   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:46 AM by Corinna Schmitt ]
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 5th and 6th ICNRG meetings were held on July 28 and July 30 in Berlin, Germany. The 5th meeting was a full-day, interim meeting collocated with IETF 87, whereas the 6th meeting was a two and a half hour, regular session of the IETF 87 agenda. Mr. Spiros Spirou, the leader of the ICOM team in SmartenIT, attended and contributed to both meetings.
The objective of the 5th meeting was to make progress on the Research Challenges and Baseline Scenarios individual contribution drafts. The 6th meeting aimed at advancing those drafts into research group items. Both meetings achieved their objectives. Some interesting work on ICN management and ICN for video delivery was also presented and discussed at the meetings.

ICOM has contributed to the Baseline Scenarios draft with a section on metrics for evaluating and comparing between ICN approaches. ICOM will edit this section further in time for IETF 88 in Vancouver, Canada. Also for IETF 88, ICOM will contribute to the ICN Management draft with ideas on content management. For IETF 89 in London, UK, ICOM will consider editing a draft on ICN extensions to the IPPM metrics.

ICN is a potentially disruptive networking paradigm that is being intensely researched. Any project such as SmartenIT, that seeks to advance Internet technology should take ICN into account. The ICNRG in particular, can provide a forum for debating practical ideas out of SmartenIT on how to do traffic management over ICN networks. Perhaps such work can even be integrated into the ICN Management draft. Also, the Baseline Scenarios draft contains a comprehensive list of use cases for modern networks that can be quite useful for SmartenIT.