Autonomic Network Architecture


The success of the existing Internet architecture is a testimony of the wise design decisions [1] of the early days of the Internet. Indeed, the closely specified protocol suite and the simple basic mechanisms paved the way of this success. However, for today’s and future challenges, this architecture may not suffice: With the continuous growth of the number of networking devices and their increased diversity in functionality, the role and the properties of the networking elements become challenged.

Therefore, several research projects have tried to develop a network architecture that is armed for the future. Some of these projects focus on virtualization methods to separate router functionality or whole networks [2], [3]. Others discuss on a higher abstraction level how networks beyond IP can be built [4], [5], [6]. These papers discuss issues like naming and addressing or network pluralism in general.