A System Architecture for Evolving Protocol Stacks

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Executive Summary

A majority of network architectures aim at solving specific shortcomings of the original Internet architecture. While providing solutions for the particular problems, they often lack in flexibility and do not provide general concepts for future networking requirements. In contrast, the authors introduce a network architecture that aims to be versatile enough to serve as a foundation for the future Internet. The main pillars of their architecture are communication pivots called Information Dispatch Points (IDPs) which embed the concept of modularity at all levels of the architecture. IDPs completely decouple functional entities by means of indirection thus enabling evolving protocol stacks.

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