Welcome to the July issue of CCR, an issue that should hopefully inspire a number of discussions that we can continue in person during Sigcomm, in Chicago. This issue features 17 papers, 5 of which are editorial notes, and 12 technical contributions from our community.
The technical part features novel contributions in the area of router location inference, performance of fiber-to-the-home networks, BGP, programmable middleboxes, and a programming language for protocol independent packet processors. Each one of them is advancing the state of the art and should be a useful building block for future research.
The research community is increasingly becoming multidisciplinary. One cannot help but get inspired when he/she sees the elegance of solutions that address real problems in one discipline while exploiting knowledge produced in another. This is the mission of the fifth technical submission in this issue. The core of the contribution is to adopt the concept of design contests and apply it to the area of congestion control protocols in wireless networks. The authors point out that one of the key requirements in any design contest is to “have an unambigious, measurable objective that will allow one to compare protocols”. And this is exactly what the authors do in their work. The article concludes that design contests can benefit networking research, if designed properly, and they encourage others to explore their strengths and weaknesses.
The remaining papers of the technical part are devoted to one of the largest efforts undertaken in the recent years to rethink the architecture of the Internet, e.g. the Future Internet Architecture program of the U.S. National Science Foundation. FIA targets the design of a trustworthy Internet, that incorporates societal, economical, and legal constraints, while following a clean slate approach.
It was the initiative of Prof. David Wetherall, from University of Washington, to bring the four FIA proposals, and affiliated project ChoiceNet, to CCR, and provide a very comprehensive exposition of the different avenues taken by the different consortia. I have to thank David for acm all the hard work he did in order to bring all the pieces in the same place, something that will undoubtedly help our community understand the FIA efforts in a greater extent. The FIA session is preceded by a technical note by Dr. Darleen Fisher, FIA program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation. It is inspiring to see how a long term (11-year) funding effort has led to a number of functioning components that may define the Internet of the future. Thank you Darleen for a wonderful introductory note!
Our editorial session comprises 5 papers. Two of the papers cover workshop reports: i) the workshop on Internet Economics 2013, and ii) the roundtable on real time communications research, that was held along with IPTComm, in October 2013. We have an article introducing the ProtoRINA prototype, a user-space prototype of the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA), and a qualitative study of the Internet census data that was collected in March 2013, and that has attracted significant attention in our community.
The last editorial is appearing in CCR per my own invitation to its author, Daniel Stenberg. By the end of this year the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is aiming to standardize the second version of HTTP, i.e. HTTP 2.0. This new version is going to be a very significant change compared to HTTP v1 aiming to provide better support for mobile browsing. Daniel is a Mozilla engineer participating in the standardization of HTTP 2.0 and has kindly accepted to publish his thoughts on HTTP 2.0 at CCR.
This issue also marks the start of tenure for Dr. Aline Carneiro Viana, from INRIA. Aline is bringing a lot of energy to the editorial board and her expertise in ad hoc, sensor networks, delay tolerant networks, and cognitive radio networks.
With all that, I hope to see most of you in Chicago in August, and please feel free to send me any suggestions on things you would like to see published from CCR in the future.