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Using Strongly Typed Networking to Architect for Tussle

By Chitra Muthukrishnan, Vern Paxson, Mark Allman and Aditya Akella


Today’s networks discriminate towards or against traffic for a wide range of reasons, and in response end users and their applications increasingly attempt to evade monitoring and control, resulting in an ongoing tussle whose roots run deep. In this work we explore an architectural paradigm that can accommodate such tussles in a systematic and transparent fashion. The key idea at the core of our design is strongly typed networking: the notion that application messages contain type information that fully describes the content being transferred. Our framework allows for transparency between parties which then leads to dialog and choice for both users and service providers. While in the early stages, we provide a possible framework for directly addressing the tussle between end users and “the network ” without resorting to an ever-increasing degree of obfuscation and inference

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Year: 2013
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