Xerox PARC is planning an event focused on content-centric networking, a new approach to organizing Internet traffic that could provide greater security and faster connections to popular content, but will require new protocols and changes in hardware design.
"We think it's definitely a concept that will change how people design high performance hardware," says PARC engineer Jim Thornton.
PARC recently won a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop the concept, working with a handful of universities as part of the Named Data Network project. "The sense we have is this is doable, it won't kill us, and forwarding hardware has always stepped up to the challenges new application demands," Thornton says.
In a separate European project, Alcatel-Lucent, Orange, and several French universities are working on similar ideas. The September PARC meeting aims to gather researchers to share their work on the software. Content-centric networks could enable the pervasive caching of popular Web content based on actual demand. It also could lead to new levels of security and privacy, as content packets could carry digital signatures that would authenticate authorized users and verify that no one has tampered with the data.
From EE Times
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