Special Issue "Post-IP Networks: Advances on RINA and other Alternative Network Architectures"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eduard Grasa
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Guest Editor
i2CAT Foundation, Carrer del Gran Capità, 2, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: network architecture; network protocols; recursive internetwork architecture; implementation of network protocols; deployment of network technologies
Dr. Peyman Temoori
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Guest Editor
Digital Infrastructures and Security (DIAS), University of Oslo, Problemveien 7, 0315 Oslo, Normay
Interests: recursive internetwork architecture (RINA); wireless networks; analytical evaluation; congestion control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the last decade, research funding bodies have supported “Future Internet” or “Clean-slate” design initiatives intended to reduce network complexity by redesigning the network protocol architecture, questioning some of its key principles. Industry groups such as the ETSI ISG NGP are looking at alternatives to the current “TCP-IP” protocol suite. However, few initiatives have really been able to “clean the slate” and question the core model and underlying principles of current Internet protocols. Of those who have done it, RINA—the recursive internetwork architecture—is probably the simplest yet most general solution.
RINA implementations are maturing while researchers keep working on characterizing its applicability to a wide variety of current networking challenges. During the last year, RINA has been featured in an ETSI ISG NGP group report as a potential candidate for future-proof protocols, and the standardization work on its core specifications at ISO has advanced to Committee Draft Standards. New projects like RINArmenia are working to develop RINA expertise at the national level and are teaming with the local industry to implement and deploy the technology in a variety of markets.
This Special Issue solicits papers that investigate the application of RINA in different types of network segments and applications, papers reporting on prototype implementations, experimental deployments, and interoperability with existing technologies. We are also interested in papers that challenge the RINA principles and show limitations in its approach, disprove its claims or provide a simpler solution without compromising the benefits obtained by following the RINA architectural principles.
Selected papers presented at the Workshop on 7th International Workshop on the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA 2020): Challenging RINA are invited to submit their extended versions to this Special Issue of the journal Computers. All submitted papers will undergo our standard peer-review procedure. Accepted papers will be published in open access format in Computers and collected together on the Special Issue website.
Conference papers should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper; authors are asked to disclose that it is a conference paper in their cover letter and include a statement on what has been changed compared to the original conference paper. Please note that the submitted extended paper should contain at least 50% new content (e.g., in the form of technical extensions, more in-depth evaluations, or additional use cases) and not exceed 30% copy/paste from the conference paper.

Dr. Eduard Grasa
Dr. Peyman Temoori
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • network architecture
  • recursive networking
  • distributed interprocess communication
  • network protocols
  • experimental deployments
  • recursive internetwork architecture

Published Papers

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