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Tender Specifications, Towards a Future Internet: Interrelation between Technological, Social and Economic Trends, SMART 2008/0049

Funded under: FP7-ICT


In the recent years a number of researchers and industries worldwide have started considering radically new approaches to Internet design, sometimes called "clean-slate". Indeed, not only the basic Internet protocols are now 30 years old and the Internet scale has increased by many orders of magnitude, but it has also accreted hundreds of additional protocols and extensions which make its management more and more complex. Unforeseen and extremely useful and popular applications, such as skype, wikipedia, facebook, youtube, have sprung up and steered the Internet use into directions which were not initially anticipated, posing demanding technological and policy challenges in different domains such as security, mobility, heterogeneity, ad-hoc connections, complexity.
The solutions found insofar to address these concerns are seen by some observers as "patches" which cannot last forever, and which will require a radical redesign or change of paradigms in the medium or long term. Activities in this direction are taking place in several countries worldwide, e.g. US (FIND/GENI), South Korea, Japan, Canada. At the same time, other observers assert that the current Internet is instead fully scaleable, some even suggesting that efforts to impose a new architecture pose the biggest threat to long term stability and growth.

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