Unified Comms Investigate

Providing Data Dissemination Services in the Future Internet

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Executive Summary

In this paper authors examine benefits and motivations for the Information-Centric Networking (ICN) concept under the point of view of an Internet Service Provider (ISP). A proposal for a Global Information Network (GIN) is advanced, which should follow a standardization path. Authors believe that ICN will enable ISPs to provide native support to typical data dissemination services (e.g. file sharing, distributed storage, caching, instant messaging, VoIP, etc.) currently provided by overlay networks and P2P applications. This will be possible by integrating most of the basic features of the current P2P overlay networks into the ISP's network infrastructure.

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