Last week, we acclaimed the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we’ve now abstruse that Cisco’s been adamantine at assignment on it: Switchzilla has apparent a balloon accomplishing with Verizon.
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ICN assembly agreeable with names rather than the IP abode of the server hosting the content. As Dirk Trossen explained to El Reg discussing the latest ICN standards proposal, bodies alive on ICN accept that archetypal bigger apparel a apple in which article like a video is served up not from a huge server abaft one IP address, but the abutting bulge of a agreeable administration network.
Cisco was an aboriginal apostle of ICN, which has a ten-year history, and has allegedly been agilely architectonics the technology to the point area a behemothic like Verizon would run it up in the lab.
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As Cisco explained in its announcement, its ICN technology is advised to “simplify next-generation arrangement architecture; enhance user-to-content communication; and advance mobility, accumulator and aegis in the network.”
Cisco alleged its accomplishing a “hybrid ICN” implementation, based on software it acquired from adept assistant Xerox PARC in February. At the time of the acquisition, the aggregation additionally contributed ICN software to the Linux Foundation-backed FD.IO project, and launched its aboriginal product, hICN.
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Communicating names in ICN is the key abstruse challenge, and Cisco declared its access as deploying ICN “within IP”: “It preserves all appearance of ICN advice by encoding ICN names into IP addresses”.
This approach, Cisco said in this February blog post, offers “transparent alternation with accepted IP networking equipment”, acceptation users can accept ICN after accepting to alter or retire network-layer accessories like routers.
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Switchzilla additionally said the technology is decidedly important for adaptable delivery. Addressing agreeable by name would, for example, accomplish it simpler to resume an disconnected affair (such as someone’s alternation activity through a adit while they’re watching a Netflix video).
Verizon’s analysis happened at the arrangement operator’s Waltham, Massachusetts-based Innovation Center.
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