MFTP: A clean-slate transport protocol for the information centric mobilityfirst network

Kai Su, Francesco Bronzino, K. K. Ramakrishnan, Dipankar Raychaudhuri

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and evaluation of clean-slate transport layer protocols for the MobilityFirst (MF) future Internet architecture based on the concept of named objects. The MF architecture is a specific realization of the emerging class of Information Centric Networks (ICN) that are designed to support new modes of communication based on names of information objects rather than their network addresses or locators. ICN architectures including MF are characterized by the following distinctive features: (a) use of names to identify sources and sinks of information; (b) storage of information at routers within the network in order to support content caching and disconnection; (c) multicasting and anycasting as integral network services; and in the MF case (d) hop-by-hop reliability protocols between routers in the network. These properties have significant implications for transport layer protocol design since the current Internet transports (TCP and UDP) were designed for the end-to-end Internet principle which uses address based routing with minimal functionality (i.e. no storage or reliability mechanisms) within the network. Several use cases including web access, large file transfer, Machine-to-machine and multicast services are considered, leading to an identification of four basic functions needed to constitute a flexible transport protocol for ICN: (i) fragmentation and end-to-end re-sequencing; (ii) lightweight end-to-end error recovery with in-network transport proxies; (iii) optional flow and congestion control mechanisms; and (iv) scalable multicast delivery mechanisms. The design of the MobilityFirst transport protocol (MFTP) framework realizing these features in a modular and flexible manner is presented and discussed. The proposed MFTP protocol is then experimentally evaluated and compared with TCP/IP for a few representative scenarios including mobile data delivery, web content retrieval and disconnected/late binding service. The results show that significant performance gains can be achieved in each case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICN 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Information-Centric Networking
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages127-136
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450338554
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Information-Centric Networking, ICN 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2015Oct 2 2015

Publication series

NameICN 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Information-Centric Networking

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Information-Centric Networking, ICN 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period9/30/1510/2/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

Keywords

  • Congestion controll
  • End-to-end reliability
  • Future Internet architecture
  • Hop-by-hop transport
  • In-network storage
  • Information Centric Networks
  • Ow control
  • Transport protocol

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