Architecting for innovation

TitleArchitecting for innovation
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKoponen T, Shenker S, Balakrishnan H, Feamster N, Ganichev I, Ghodsi A, Godfrey BP, McKeown N, Parulkar G, Raghavan B, Rexford J, Arianfar S, Kuptsov D
JournalSIGCOMM Comput. Commun. Rev.
Pagination24 - 36
Date Published2011///
ISBN Number0146-4833
Keywordsdiversity, Evolution, innovation, internet architecture

We argue that the biggest problem with the current Internet architecture is not a particular functional deficiency, but its inability to accommodate innovation. To address this problem we propose a minimal architectural "framework" in which comprehensive architectures can reside. The proposed Framework for Internet Innovation (FII) --- which is derived from the simple observation that network interfaces should be extensible and abstract --- allows for a diversity of architectures to coexist, communicate, and evolve. We demonstrate FII's ability to accommodate diversity and evolution with a detailed examination of how information flows through the architecture and with a skeleton implementation of the relevant interfaces.