PARC has launched the Emerging Networks Consortium (ENC), an initiative formed to advance the development of the next-generation Internet based on Content-Centric Networking (CCN). ENC brings together industries in different sectors to innovate, collaborate, and exchange experiences based on CCN implementations across various industries.
Founding members include Alcatel-Lucent, BT, France Telecom-Orange, Huawei, MACH, Panasonic, and Samsung Electronics.
Van Jacobson: The Internet was designed to allow conversations between computers. Today, however, we don’t want our TVs, tablets and phones to chat – we want them to deliver content in the way of movies, music, books, and magazines. The Internet has been able to handle this shift from conversation to content but it hasn’t been easy. Every day millions of dollars of CAPEX and OPEX are invested in tricking it into operating far outside its design parameters. Internet-based content consumption is reaching a scale where tricks no longer work.
“While the current Internet architecture has served as the foundation of most modern technology ecosystems today, there is huge opportunity to rethink approaches and technology to develop a next generation of the Internet that moves from basic transport to full awareness of the content, services, and higher level contextual elements that are today the key enablers for tomorrow’s technical ecosystems,” said John Roese, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Huawei North American R&D and Enterprise Global Competency Center. “This is both disruptive thinking and entirely necessary work to assure that the platform of our industry and global economy is always moving forward at pace with the emerging business models and user demands.”
PARC’s CCN research team is headed by research fellow Van Jacobson, one of the primary contributors to the technological foundations of the Internet. Mr. Jacobson’s algorithms for the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) helped solve the problem of congestion and are used in more than 90 percent of Internet hosts currently.