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Network Service Description and Discovery for the Next Generation Internet
Enyue Lu, Qiang Duan
Pages - 46 - 65     |    Revised - 30-10-2009     |    Published - 30-11-2009
Volume - 1   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - November 2009  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Internet, network virtualization, service-oriented architecture, network QoS, network service
ABSTRACT
The next generation Internet will face new challenges due to the coexisting heterogeneous networks and highly diverse networking applications. Therefore how to coordinate heterogeneous networking systems to support a wide spectrum of application requirements becomes a significant research problem. A key to solving this problem lies in effective and flexible collaborations among heterogeneous networking systems and interactions between applications and the underlying networks. Network virtualization plays a crucial role in enabling such collaborations and interactions, and the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) provides a promising approach to supporting network virtualization. Network service description and discovery are key technologies for applying SOA in networking, and the current service description and discovery technologies must be evolved to meet the special requirements of future Internet. In this paper, we study the problem of network service description and discovery to support network virtualization in the next generation Internet. The main contributions of this paper include a general approach to describing service capabilities of various heterogeneous networking systems, a technology to discover and select the network services that guarantee the QoS requirements of different networking applications, a general profile for specifying networking demands of various applications, a scheme of network resource allocation for QoS provisioning, and a system structure for realizing the network description, discovery, and resource allocation technologies. We also propose information update mechanisms for improving performance of the network service description and discovery system. The approach and technology developed in this paper are general and independent of network architectures and implementations; thus are applicable to the heterogeneous networking systems in the next generation Internet.
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Dr. Enyue Lu
Salisbury University - United States of America
Dr. Qiang Duan
The Pennsylvania State University - United States of America
qduan@psu.edu