Next Generation Innovations in Network Design and Internet Architecture
Why the Internet will change
Leading researchers in the world are coming to the conclusion that the Internet needs to undergo a radical change . The reasons for this are manifold, most important of them being security. The Internet is not secure. We hear daily about worms, viruses, and denial of service attacks, and we have reason to worry about massive collapse, due either to natural errors or malicious attacks. Problems with "phishing" have prevented institutions such as banks from using email to communicate with their customers. Trust in the Internet is eroding. The current design of the Internet also cannot deliver to society the full potential of emerging technologies such as wireless communications. The availability of the Internet right now stands lower than the telephone system, whereas it should be the other way round given it has the potential to provide many more critical services more. The design of the Internet right now provides barriers for economic enhancement and investment by the private sector. Another critical feature missing from the Internet is easy mnagability, be it a large service provider or the consumer at home.
These factors have led the research community in the USA, funded by the National Science Foundation to initiate the GENI (http://www.geni.net) project. The GENI initiative is both an experimental testbed, as well as research projects running under the FIND (http://find.isi.edu) (Future Internet Design) program.