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Architecting for Innovation

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Executive Summary

The authors argue that the biggest problem with the current Internet architecture is not a particular functional deficiency, but its inability to accommodate innovation. To address this problem they propose a minimal architectural "Framework" in which comprehensive architectures can reside. The proposed Framework for Internet Innovation (FII) - which is derived from the simple observation that network interfaces should be extensible and abstract - allows for a diversity of architectures to coexist, communicate, and evolve. They demonstrate FII's ability to accommodate diversity and evolution with a detailed examination of how information flows through the architecture and with a skeleton implementation of the relevant interfaces.

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