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NetVolution Report Summary

Project ID: 338402
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Greece

Mid-Term Report Summary - NETVOLUTION (Evolving Internet Routing: A Paradigm Shift to Foster Innovation)

In the first period of the project, significant progress was made in its scientific and technological goals. The project developed novel solutions based on the new approach of inter-domain Software Defined Networking (SDN) for addressing fundamental problems of Computer Networks that affect Internet users today. Novel solutions were developed to mitigate new types of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which are very difficult to detect and can cause significant damage to computer networks. DDoS attacks are a persistent problem of the Internet. Solutions were also introduced to support applications that require Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees in the Internet, for example regarding latency, using the proposed inter-domain SDN paradigm. Also, the conducted research developed novel solutions for reducing the slow convergence time of the inter-domain routing system, which presently can take several minutes to converge, down to few seconds. These results are elaborated in 15 scientific publications that were produced in the first period of the ERC project.

The project also developed open source software that is publically available. In particular, the SIREN platform, which can be found in the webpage, can be used for experimenting with Internet routing settings that involve legacy Internet inter-domain routers as well as SDN routers. In addition, the traIXroute tool can be used by Internet users and network operators to find if their Internet connections cross an Internet eXchange Point (IXP) and which IXP. This helps to have more visibility into Internet paths and more transparency into where our data goes. This tool can be found in the webpage:

Finally, the project made possible the establishment of an entirely new group called Internet Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Research Group - in short INSPIRE group - in the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), which presently has almost 20 members. Its webpage is

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