Ambient Networks: Bridging Heterogeneous Network Domains

Conference: PIMRC 2005 - 16th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
09/11/2005 - 09/14/2005 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: PIMRC 2005

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Ahlgren, Bengt (Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), Kista, Stockholm, Sweden)
Eggert, Lars (NEC Europe Ltd, Network Laboratories, Heidelberg, Germany)
Ohlman, Börje (Ericsson Research, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden)
Schieder, Andreas (Ericsson Research, Aachen, Germany)

Providing end-to-end communication in heterogeneous internetworking environments is a challenge. Two fundamental problems are bridging between different internetworking technologies and hiding of network complexity and differences from both applications and application developers. This paper presents abstraction and naming mechanisms that address these challenges in the Ambient Networks project. Connectivity abstractions hide the differences of heterogeneous internetworking technologies and enable applications to operate across them. A common naming framework enables end-to-end communication across otherwise independent internetworks and supports advanced networking capabilities, such as indirection or delegation, through dynamic bindings between named entities.