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- Date: Wed Mar 30 16:01:01 2005
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Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:27:53 -0500
From: "Bill St.Arnaud" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [CAnet - news] A new vision for the future of the Internet
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Making the world (of communications) a different place
Report of a working session of the End-to-End Research Group
For more information on this item please visit the CANARIE CA*net 4 Optical
Internet program web site at http://www.canarie.ca/canet4/library/list.html
Version 4 3/24/05
This version for preliminary release
David D. Clark, Craig Partridge, Robert T. Braden (chair), Bruce Davie
Sally Floyd, Van Jacobson, Dina Katabi, Greg Minshall,
K.K. Ramakrishnan, Timothy Roscoe, Ion Stoica,
John Wroclawski and Lixia Zhang
This report is the product of a discussion held at the January 2005 meeting
of the End-to-End Research Group, which is part of the Internet Research
Task Force. The challenge presented to the group for this discussion was the
How might the computing and communications world be materially different in
10 to 15 years, and how might we define a research agenda that would get us
to that world?
There were a number of motivations for this discussion. The Internet itself
arose because of a visionary answer to a question such as this one. Through
an alignment of visionary leaders, the research community, and funding
agencies, there was a coherent, long-term effort to build a running
prototype of a major new communications system. That effort led to a number
of new research results; results that substantially expanded and changed
our understanding of the communications field.
The networking field does not have a shared vision of the future today.
Perhaps as a result, much of the research we see today lacks a motivation to
deepen or broaden our understanding of communications. Much of today's
research is felt to be incremental (in the sense of "least publishable
increment") and lacking a long-term motivation.
At the same time, the United States' National Science Foundation is
interested in hearing about important focus areas that they might fund.
While focus areas are some steps short of a shared vision, we thought that a
discussion of visions of the future would help refine what the focus areas
might be, and could even be a vehicle to bring the research community to a
In this context, the participants at the meeting speculated about possible
visions of the future, and whether the time was right for a focused research
push to move us toward that future. The next several sections talk about
some of the visions. The report concludes with some thoughts about
directions we might take.
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