Architectural Support for Internet Evolution and Innovation

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Executive Summary

The architecture of the modern Internet encompasses a large number of principles, concepts and assumptions that have evolved over several decades. In this paper, the authors argue that while the current architecture houses an effective design, it is not itself effective in enabling evolution. To achieve the latter goal, they introduce the SILO architecture, a meta-design framework within which the system design can change and evolve. They list some insights about architectural research that guided the work, and also state the goals they formulated for the architecture. They then describe that actual architecture itself, connecting it with relevant prior and current research work.

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