The Next Big Thing: Named-Data Networking

Field, Brian Brian_Field at
Fri Sep 5 18:51:01 UTC 2014

Here¹s my $0.02.   I¹m only going to touch on a small part of what I
understand NDN to be‹ namely making caching a first class citizen of the
network.  When you think about the types of traffic currently carried over
our collective networks, there might be value if the network eco system
more natively supported caching.

Van¹s first paper proposing this NDN concept (afaik) was in 2009.

If we were to get into the ³way-back² machine to say 2003, when
peer-2-peer was a big app, one might have then decided that we really need
to make ³peer-2-peer² a first class citizen of the network.  In fact the
IETF tried [at some level] to do this with the DECADE WG.  The app space
evolved, p2p is no longer as prevalent, and DECADE saw/got little

In 1998, we might have been thinking about making NNTP a first class
citizen of the network.

Maybe we need to think about making *software* [instead of a specific
service] a first class citizen of the network.   What do I mean by this?

If software were a first class citizen of our networks in 2003, we might
have hopped onto our routers and done a ³yum install decade²‹ which would
install software that would make the network eco system more efficient at
supporting p2p traffic.

Today, on our network eco system we might do a ³yum uninstall decade² and
then do a ³yum install caching²‹ which might embed caching functionality
into our routing eco system‹ hopefully making the delivery of cacheable
content more efficient.

In N years, when there is yet another new app pushing the network eco
system, we might then be doing a ³yum uninstall caching² and instead doing
a ³yum install new-app² which would make the network eco system more
efficient at supporting this new-app.


On 9/5/14, 8:16 AM, "Jay Ashworth" <jra at> wrote:

>How many Youtube subject tags will fit in *your* routers' TCAM?
>[ Can someone convince me this isn't the biggest troll in the history
>of the internet? Cause it sounds like shoehorning DNS /and Google/ into
>IP in place of, y'know, IP addresses. ]
>-- jra
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