There are two main objectives of the workshop. The first is to discuss and try to shed some more light into key, new and upcoming networking technologies by focusing on the driving fundamental aspects and principles. A better understanding could help better steer the upcoming advancements with the expected benefits in reduced complexity, improved performance and enhanced services. The targeted participation of high quality researchers - as elaborated more in another section - is key to achieving this objective.
The second main objective is to give the opportunity to the networking communities in Europe and USA to get together and have a first hand exposure on the advancements and strengths in the other side of the Atlantic. It is widely understood that there are quite distinct strengths and weaknesses in either side of the Atlantic and, consequently, both communities will benefit from the exposure and the potential future interactions. The targeted balance in the participation of researchers from the two sides of the Atlantic will help achieve this cross-fertilization objective, bring the benefits to both communities and help advance the technology.
As funding is a major driving force, another objective of this workshop is to provide a forum that could help the workshop-sponsoring funding agencies from the EU and USA identify the key and required networking technologies and direct their funding accordingly. The emphasis of the workshop on the fundamental aspects of the key, new and upcoming networking technologies represented by the most qualified researchers in either side of the Atlantic will help in this direction as well.
The proposed workshop will ask invited speakers to focus on the fundamental aspects of current trends and challenges ahead in the near future of the Internet. The scope of the workshop is intentionally broad. It is not meant to be a forum for the presentation of results on specific topics. Rather, to answer the challenging broad questions posed above, the workshop will focus on fundamental approaches as well as approaches that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Key networking areas represented by the best researchers from EU and USA will be targeted. The focus of the workshop may be divided into three broad themes:
The Internet is being extended with diverse technologies, which makes it hard to develop end-to-end protocols that work well in such hybrid setting. Some of the difficulties expected to be discussed in the proposed workshop include: inferring different congestion levels, as well as non-congestion losses such as those found in wireless networks; handling asymmetric channels such as those in one-way satellite links; understanding the impact of GMPLS-enabled clouds on the end-to-end path.
As IP started as an overlay on top of telephone leased lines, overlay networks are being developed over the Internet today. Some of the issues that need to be better understood are: the impact of building such competing overlay networks on top of IP; the knowledge that can be gained from lower-layer protocols (e.g., routing) when building such overlay networks (e.g., peer-to-peer); the structure of these overlay networks and mechanisms to effectively model them.
The expected proliferation of WLAN technologies, the increasing installed infrastructure for (low bit) data services over wireless Wide Area Networks (WANs) and the emergence of 3G-and-beyond high-BW WAN technologies, open up new possibilities and challenges. Services traditionally delivered only over wired-networks are now becoming feasible over wireless networks or may be effectively designed for them; furthermore, new services that are generated by the mobility of the users are emerging.The limited resources (BW, storage, processing, power) that typically characterize mobile users, the mobility itself, the effective coordination and usage of WLAN, wireless WAN, 3G-and-beyond and the wired Internet technologies pose important challenges that the workshop is expected to also discuss.
The above list is just a sample of the kind of issues that the workshop will focus on. The precise focus will be determined by the makeup of the participants.
·Researchers will obtain an enhanced perspective on current aspects in networking both within and outside their area of focus and be stimulated to pursue open problems of importance.
·Existing strengths in EU or USA will provide the opportunity to the other side to promote its position and take advantage of the already achieved advances.
·Opportunities for collaborations between researchers from both sides are expected to arise. Such interactions may potentially lead to substantial advancements as diverse strengths and traditions will meet.
·The workshop-sponsoring funding agencies from the EU and USA will enhance their understanding of the fundamentals in networking, as well as become aware of the current trends and open problems in networking and direct their funding efforts accordingly.