Future Internet Reference Architecture Group: Towards architectural design principles and a reference architecture for the Future Internet

posted 16 Jan 2012 10:03 by Ioanna Papafili   [ updated 16 Jan 2012 10:35 ]


The main objective of Future Internet Architecture (FIArch) group activity is to define a common set of architectural design principles and a reference architecture of the Future Internet that can guide and unify key technology developments in the future.  This activity aims to describe the FI Design Principles. “Design principles” suggest agreed structural & behavioural rules on how a designer/an architect can best structure the various architectural components and describe the fundamental and time invariant laws underlying the working of an engineered artifact. The outcomes of this activity will be reported in a white paper to be soon publicly available.

SESERV has proposed two new design principles that address FI architecture requirements as they are described in Fundamental Limitations of the current Internet and the path to Future Internet, EC, FIArch Group, 2011 (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/ activities/foi/library/docs/current-internet-limitations-v9.pdf) and has participated in a workshop and a physical meetings and several tele-conferences to support this proposal. In particular, SESERV participated in:
  • an open workshop that was organized on May 23, 2011 in Brussels, where all contributors were asked to present their proposed design principles and defend their contributions, and
  • a face-to-face meeting that was organized on September 23, 2011 in Brussels to decide on the design principles to be included in the FIArch document.

FIArch open workshop on FI Design principles, May 23, 2011

More than 40 experts from industry and academy participated in the meeting. The agenda of the workshop may be found in the following site: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/foi/events/fiarch‐23052011/index_en.htm
Contributions and presentations are also uploaded there.

The major highlights of the workshop are the following:
a) There was a strong interest of most participants on the FIArch group work and would like to actively participate to the group
b) A number of very interesting and diversing opinions on the FI Design Principles have been contributed, presented and discussed/debated in the workshop.
c) The next step for FIArch group will be to analyse them from a technical and socio‐economic point of view and conclude to the most important ones that receive the maximum consensus.

F2F FIArch meeting on FI Design principles, September 23, 2011

The f2f FIArch meeting was dominated by the following topics:

  •  finalization of definitions and description of current Internet design principles, 
  •  identification of the design principles that need to be preserved in the FI,
  • presentation of newly proposed design principles, and
  •  wrap-up of the work done this far, open issues, action points and next steps planning.

Dimitri Papadimitriou (Alcatel Lucent) and Theodore Zahariadis (Synelixis) were the moderators of the meeting, who also co-edit the white paper to be the outcome of this activity. Also, participants from EU projects NextMedia, IOT-I, SOFI, EFFECTS+, EIFFEL, Chorus+ and Paradiso 2 attended the discussions of the meeting.

Initially, the focus was on the definition of terms such as design principle, data, service, architecture, communication, communication end-point, etc. Additionally, a great deal of discussion took place on the existing design principles that need to be preserved/omitted/changed/augmented to successfully address the requirements of the FI architecture. Then, the focus moved to the newly proposed principles; representatives from various EU projects presented their proposals and provided justification and arguments to support them.

Remained open issues were later addressed in off-line discussions (via email) between the participants and their work groups.

Ioanna Papafili,
16 Jan 2012 10:35
Ioanna Papafili,
16 Jan 2012 10:34