Transcending the Internet

Colloq: Speaker: 
Micah Beck
Colloq: Speaker Institution: 
Department of Computer Science, Director, Logistical Computing and Internetworking Lab, The University of Tennessee
Colloq: Date and Time: 
Wed, 2005-03-16 10:00
Colloq: Location: 
ORNL, Bldg. 5100, Auditorium
Colloq: Host: 
Jeffrey S. Vetter
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Colloq: Abstract: 
The architecture of the Internet has enabled it to far exceed its initial design requirements, allowing it to grow beyond the wildest dreams of its original designers. However, in spite of its success, a wide range of application communities are now demanding new services that the current Internet architecture is not well adapted to deliver. Against that background, the very success of IP in establishing store-and-forward datagram delivery as the common service is today seen by many network researchers as inhibiting the deployment of other services at intermediate nodes in order to better satisfy those new demands. Advanced user communities and network operators are questioning the Internet as the common basis of future IT infrastructure. Historical attempts to generalize IP by exposing the programmable capabilities of intermediate nodes (e.g. active networking) have not achieved widespread deployment. Current efforts in the same direction, such as PlanetLab and “virtualized” or partitioned network infrastructure, seek to create new Network Layer services (initially as overlays on the current Internet) rather than generalizing IP. The goal of these efforts is to achieve the same kind of scalability for programmable and heterogeneous network infrastructures that has characterized the success of the Internet as a common data communication service. In this talk, I will argue that a condition necessary for the success of programmable networking lies in applying design principles that made the Internet scalable to this new and more complex context. I will introduce the Transnet, an architecture designed to maximize the deployment scalability of new network services within a globally interoperable infrastructure. Developed by researchers at the Logistical Computing and Internetworking Laboratory within the University of Tennessee’s Computer Science Dept., the Transnet provides a framework for generalizing the resources and capabilities exposed by the network to include storage and processing, and incorporating new and very different network technologies. What differentiates the Transnet architecture from other approaches to deploy programmable network infrastructure is the foundation of its design in ideas derived from the end-to-end principles that underlie the Internet.
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