13. – 15. Februar 2002, Dagstuhl-Seminar 02071

Concepts and Applications of Programmable and Active Networking Technologies


David Hutchison (Lancaster University, GB)
Bernhard Plattner (ETH Zürich, CH)
Peter Steenkiste (Carnegie Mellon University, US)
Martina Zitterbart (KIT – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE)

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One of the major challenges of emerging networks (fixed and mobile) lies in the flexible creation and rapid deployment of a large variety of existing and newly emerging services. However, existing networks are highly inflexible and do not easily allow for the provisioning of new services. This explains why novel and useful services are not appearing more rapidly. Examples are multicast services, security, accounting and charging services, Quality of Service support and the like.

An attractive vision is to make future networks programmable in the same way that computers are programmable today. This calls for a stronger convergence of computing, storage and communication within networks.

One of the goals of this Dagstuhl seminar is to assess the state of the art in active and programmable networks. It is planned to evaluate how this current technology supports rapid service creation for a diversity of services and applications. In this context, positive and negative experiences in applying active and programmable networking technology need to be addressed. Ultimately, a research agenda for future research in this area should be one important outcome of this seminar.

The seminar will bring together researchers and engineers who have gained experience in different aspects of active and programmable networks.

Areas of interest include the following:

  • Experiences with prototypes and testbeds
  • Dynamically deployable services
  • Service location and description
  • QoS support mechanisms
  • Congestion control and traffic engineering
  • Multicast and group communication services
  • Applications of active networks
  • Active networking architectures
  • Accounting and charging
  • Safety and security
  • Active signaling
  • Transition strategies
  • Interaction of mobile agents and active networks
  • Evaluation criteria and performance measures


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