Jonathan S. Turner
and Engineering Department, Washington University
Oct. 4, 2005, Tuesday, 8:00-10:00am
Network Diversification - enabling innovation in network architecture
The rise and growth of the Internet is one of the great technology
success stories of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, the size and
scope of the public Internet now makes the introduction and deployment
of new network innovations very difficult, leading many to observe that
the core technology at the heart of the internet has become ossified.
While solutions to many of the IP protocol's limitations are
well-understood, there has been remarkably little progress towards
deployment of new capabilities. New network technologies face
insurmountable barriers to entry, stifling the competitive forces that
allow progress in other technology domains.
At the same time, advances in electronics now make it both feasible and
practical to deploy high performance network components with
unprecedented flexibility and programmability. These capabilities can be
used to enable a diverse collection of meta-networks to co-exist within
a common physical infrastructure. Diversified networking can enable new
network technologies to be developed and deployed on a large scale,
stimulating innovation in both core network protocols and advanced
services that combine computing and communication in creative new ways.
It makes it possible for new network innovations to compete on an equal
footing with legacy technologies, stimulatating innovation and leading
to a broad range of new services.