Whatever it is, you can get it on the Internet: Toward an Information-Based Network Architecture

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Executive Summary

Recent suggestions for content-centric networking propose naming content directly and to resolve a content name to host locations. Content can then be served from any host holding it. The authors take naming and content delivery to the next logical level. They propose an information-based network architecture based on naming and querying for information. Information is a perceptual entity, a property of content that reflects its defining or most significant features. Multimedia objects that correspond to the same source file but use alternate resolutions, data formats and presentations carry essentially the same information although they differ in their bit encoding.

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