Scenarios and research issues for a network of information

Dannewitz, Christian and Pentikousis, Kostas and Rembarz, René and Renault, Éric and Strandberg, Ove and Ubillos, Javier (2008) Scenarios and research issues for a network of information. In: MobiMedia 2008, 7-9 July 2008, Oulu, Finland.



This paper describes ideas and items of work within the framework of the EU-funded 4WARD project. We present scenarios where the current host-centric approach to infor- mation storage and retrieval is ill-suited for and explain how a new networking paradigm emerges, by adopting the information-centric network architecture approach, which we call Network of Information (NetInf). NetInf capital- izes on a proposed identifier/locator split and allows users to create, distribute, and retrieve information using a com- mon infrastructure without tying data to particular hosts. NetInf introduces the concepts of information and data ob- jects. Data objects correspond to the particular bits and bytes of a digital object, such as text file, a specific encod- ing of a song or a video. Information objects can be used to identify other objects irrespective of their particular dig- ital representation. After discussing the benefits of such an indirection, we consider the impact of NetInf with respect to naming and governance in the Future Internet. Finally, we provide an outlook on the research scope of NetInf along with items for future work.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3516
Deposited By:Javier Ubillos
Deposited On:13 Jan 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:22

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