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Trilogy: Re-Architecting the Internet. \nAn Hourglass Control Architecture for the Internet, Supporting Extremes of Commercial, Social and Technical Control

Objective

This Trilogy proposal is for a 3-year Integrated Project targeting Challenge 1 of the 7th Framework Programme: "Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures". The project scope lies entirely within Objective 1.1, "The Network of the Future".The aim of the project is to develop new solutions for the control architecture of the Internet that remove the known and emerging technical deficiencies while avoiding prejudging commercial and social outcomes for the different players. The focus is the generic control functions of the Internet – the neck of the hour-glass, but for control:* Reachability: The main focus is the problem of inter-domain routing, including policy control but also integrating filtering at trust boundaries (e.g. firewalls, NATs). Key issues include multihoming, scalability and fast convergence.* Resource control: The main focus is how to deliver effective and efficient control of sharing of resource. Key issues include how to share resources fairly and stop cheating, high speed congestion control and load balancing (traffic engineering).But further, all this must be under:* Social and Commercial Control: the architecture will permit conflicting outcomes to coexist and evolve and will not embed assumptions that unreasonably favour certain types of industry player: "designed for tussle".Our objective is bold: to re-architect the world's ICT infrastructure. In order to be credible, we will have to deliver a coherent set of changes solving technical and commercial problems together: a unified control architecture for the Internet that can be adapted in a scalable, dynamic, autonomous and robust manner to local operational and business requirements.Overall the project delivers:* new technical and economic concepts, architecture and protocols;* simulation, prototyping, strategic analysis and dissemination work, especially standardisation at the IETF.The focus moves from the first to the second over the project's lifetime.
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Coordinator

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

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Newgate Street 81
Ec1a 7aj London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 007 931

Administrative Contact

Andrea Soppera (Mr.)

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 546 240

EURESCOM-EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC STUDIES IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 355 470

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 322 555

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 724 630

NOKIA OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 567 595

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 541 000

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 675 170

ROKE MANOR RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 407 090

NEC EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 635 658

STANFORD LAW SCHOOL

United States

EU Contribution

€ 33 000

T-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 216372

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    31 March 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 115 722

  • EU contribution

    € 5 816 339

Coordinated by:

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

United Kingdom