Re: [gaia] [dtn-interest] 5G: It's the Network, Stupid

Arjuna Sathiaseelan <> Fri, 18 December 2015 07:25 UTC

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Hello Dirk -
(only added ICNRG, DTNWG and GAIA for relevance)

Thanks for this. Its an excellent article. I have some thoughts related to
GAIA but I will write about this latter. The 5G story is highly relevant to

In the meantime, I think our paper at the forthcoming ACM CCR on the role
of ICN and DTN to solve the problems associated with GAIA may be
interesting. The paper presents an integrated architecture and discusses
why such an architecture could be a potential problem solver..

Comments welcome.


On 16 December 2015 at 18:41, Dirk Kutscher <> wrote:

> [apologies for cross-posting]
> Hi,
> I have written up a few thoughts on current discussions around 5G and
> network evolution. I might publish this as paper later, but wanted to get
> it out early and ask for comments – so would be grateful for any feedback.
> It’s not very polished and slightly long, but hopefully understandable
> enough. Take it as a “position paper” for now.
> Abstract:
> Current 5G network discussion are often focusing on providing more
> comprehensive and integrated orchestration and management functions in
> order to improve “end-to-end” managebility and programmability, derived
> from NGMN and similar requirements. While these are important challenges,
> this memo takes the perspective that in order to arrive at a more powerful
> network, it is important to understand the pain points and the reasons for
> certain design choices of today’s networks. Understanding the drivers for
> traffic management systems, middleboxes, CDNs and other application-layer
> overlays should be taken as a basis for analyzing 5G uses cases and their
> requirements. In this memo, I am making the point that many of today’s
> business needs and the ambitious 5G use cases do call for a more powerful
> data forwarding plane, taking ICN as an example. Features of such a
> forwarding plane would include better support for heterogeneous networks
> (access networks and whole network deployments), multi-path communication,
> in-network storage and implementation of operator policies. This would help
> to avoid overlay silos and finally simplify network management.
> Thanks,
> Dirk
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Arjuna Sathiaseelan
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