Network Arcitecture (R02) Papers

This course is mainly based around reading papers and learning how to find the positive and negative (in that order) in those papers.

Here's some jolly good advice on How to read a paper by Keshav from Waterloo, plus how to write a great paper and give a great talk about it by Simon Peyton-Jones, from Microsoft.

We'll go through these topics at roughly one per week. There should also be some guest slots.

One thing I'd like readers to bear in mind is that one can take an evolutionary approach to network architecture change, or one can try to be revolutionary. In discussing a given paper, try to see which approach it is taking and whether this supports or undermines the viability of the proposed idea - this notion originated with Constantine Dovrolis and Jenifer Rexford in this nice counterpoint discussion. An important evolutionary refinement is href=>Punctuated Equilibrium: which may be how technology (including networks) evolve really.

A very interesting complex systems/systems bio/eco/evolutionary view on how layered architectures evolve is this paper on Architecture, constraints, and behavior by John C. Doyle & Marie Cseteb.

Internet Architecture -- Oct 11/Oct 13

This paper by Dave Clark of MIT is the startng point for all network architecture papers in form and content: The Design Philosophy of the DARPA Internet Protocols

  • Steve's (The Simple) Internet Protocol (SIP)
  • Paul's Internet Protocol
  • IPv6 is what is on the table but is it too little too late?
  • IETF history of IPNG for SIP, PIP and IPv6 disaster by committee

    Internet Alternative -- For presentation & discussion by you on Oct 18

    To contrast with unified view of network architecture, (which reuse the form, but have very different conclusions from the Clark Internet Architecture paper above), see these two papers

  • Haggle to contrast with "always on" view that IP takes, which one of you will cover.
  • Plutarch for a view of protocol plurality, which I'll talk about.

    Background for Essay 1 for Oct 31

    See Essay 1

    Wireless and Mobile- Oct 20/Oct 25 Lecture & Talk

    Connectivity, Mobility and Identifiers : Jon- Background:-

    And one of you will tackle this paper on fingerprinting Mobile Virtual Operators:

  • Mobile Operator fingerprinting

    Topology - to Oct 27/Nov 1 Lecture & Talk

  • I will talk about CCN/NDN and related new architecturework in the N4D lab in cambridge.
  • One of you will cover Alibi Routing

    Background for Essay 2 for Nov 28

    See Essay 2

    Transport - End-to-End -- Nov 3/Nov 8

  • I will cover MPTCP & Coding or Network Coding, MPTCP, Mobile
  • Then one of you can cover Transport Services shims: QUIC and SPDY

    Data Centers Nov 10/Nov 15

  • I will cover Qjump
  • Then one of you can address Microsoft Azure, (see also accelerators & pingmesh), versus Facebook and Google

    May also look at Rack Scale Systems and/or Scale Out Numa Systems and/or Netmap

    Cascades and Cross Layer Nov 17/Nov 22

  • I'll cover buzz traq
  • Then one of you can cover Social Cascades

    IoT & IPv6 Nov 24/29

  • I will cover the Akamai IMC 2015 IPv6 paper
  • Then one of you can cover the IoT gap analysis

    Background for Essay 3 for Jan 20, 2016


    Wrapup Dec 1

    What is Network Architecture?