Named Data Networking (NDN) Project Holiday Newsletter for November/December 2015

The NDN project team compiles and publishes this newsletter monthly to inform the community about recent activities, technical news, meetings, publications, presentations, code releases, and upcoming events. You can find these newsletters posted on the Named Data Networking Project blog.

Community Outreach

  • We published the “The Second Named Data Networking Community Meeting (NDNcomm 2015)“, a brief summary of the second NDN Community Meeting held at UCLA in Los Angeles, California on September 28-29, 2015. The meeting provided a platform for the attendees from 49 institutions across 13 countries to exchange their recent NDN research and development results, to debate existing and proposed functionality in NDN forwarding, routing, and security, and to provide feedback to the NDN architecture design evolution.
  • The NDN project team has submitted a Letter of Intent to the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/UCRC) program, to explore this as a potential evolutionary path for the NDN consortium, as discussed at the last consortium meeting. According to the RFP, this program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. “The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the [NSF] and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center.” See more information on the program. The project team plans to submit a planning grant to the July 11, 2016 deadline and encourages current and prospective members to contact us with any questions, concerns, ideas and expressions of interest about the program. We have received positive feedback from NSF to encourage the planning proposal submission.

Technical News

  • The NDN Testbed has grown to 28 Nodes with 66 links. Since our last newsletter, two new countries connected to the NDN Testbed. We added nodes at COPELABS (Cognition and People Centric Computing) at University of Lusofona in Portugal and at the University of Indonesia, Depok Indonesia. The NDN Testbed now spans 11 countries: USA, Switzerland, China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. See the latest map with bandwidth usage.
  • We announced the release of Mini-NDN v0.1.1. Mini-NDN is a lightweight networking emulation tool that enables testing, experimentation, and research on the NDN platform. Mini-NDN uses the NDN libraries, NFD, NLSR, and tools released by the NDN project to emulate an NDN network on a single system. See the detailed release notes with new features, changes, and bug fixes.More information about Mini-NDN, tutorials, installation and configuration guides, and documentation are available at the Mini-NDN Github repository.

NDN Publications, Presentations, and Technical Reports

  • Alexander Afanasyev, Yingdi Yu, Lixia Zhang, Jeff Burke, kc claffy, Joshua Polterock, “The Second Named Data Networking Community Meeting (NDNcomm 2015)” to appear in the Jan’16 issue of ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR).
  • Susmit Shannigrahi of Colorado State presented the paper at the Fifth International Workshop on Network-Aware Data Management (NDM ’15) titled “Managing scientific data with named data networking.” This is a collaborative work by many authors: Chengyu Fan, Susmit Shannigrahi, Steve Dibendetto, Catherine Olschanowsky, Christos Papadopoulos, Harvey Newman, Edmund Yeh, Jean-Roch Vlimant, Azher Amin, Dorian Kcira, Iosif Legrand, Ramiro Voicu, David Randall, Kelley Wittmeyer, Mark Branson and Don Dazlich. Using ndn-atmos, an application built on NDN for managing scientific data, we demonstrated NDN’s novel features such as intelligent data retrieval strategies, name discovery, data subsetting and publication protocol. The screencasts developed for this demo are available.
  • PI Lixia Zhang and Alex Afanasyev attended ICNRG meetings at IETF 94 in Yokohama, participated in discussions and presented “Shaping a New Architecture by Architectural Principles.”
  • We posted revision 1 of the technical report “Name-Based Access Control.” The report presents the design of Name-based Access Control (NAC), a model that encrypts content at the time of production and stores it in the network. We demonstrate how to make use of naming conventions to convey access control policy and distribute access control keys. The results suggests NAC is suitable for large-scale distributed data production and consumption.
  • We posted revision 5 of the technical report NDN-0021, “NFD Developer’s Guide.” NDN Forwarding Daemon (NFD) is a network forwarder that implements the Named Data Networking (NDN) protocol. NFD is designed with modularity and extensibility in mind to enable easy experiments with new protocol features, algorithms, and applications for NDN. To help developers extend and improve NFD, this document explains NFD’s internals including the overall design, major modules, their implementations, and their interactions.
  • We posted revision 1 of the technical report NDN-0035 “Creating A Secure, Integrated Home Network of Things with Named Data Networking.” In this paper, we design a simple smart home network protocol to demonstrate the ways in which the Named Data Networking (NDN) internet layer protocol provides better support for these aspects of network protocol design than the traditional Internet Protocol (IP). We refer to this simple NDN-based protocol as the Named Data Network of Things (NDNoT).

NDN Seminars

  • Our NDN Seminar series continued during October. The NDN seminars are internally focused. We usually hold these seminars on Wednesday from 2-3p (PST). So, if you would like to be included in the NDN Seminars, please contact Jongdeog Lee <> for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming seminars.
  • October 28th Jongdeog Lee (UIUC) InfoMax-An Information Maximizing Transport Layer Protocol for Named Data Networks
  • December 2nd Rodrigo Aldecoa (Northeastern University) Hyperbolic Routing (Theory)
  • December 16th Vince Lehman (University of Memphis) Hyperbolic Routing (Implementation)

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