Special Issue "Information-Centric Networking (ICN)"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nikos Fotiou
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Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece
Interests: access control; blockchain technologies; cryptography; information-centric networking; IoT; privacy; security; web technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the Internet evolves, new problems and concerns arise. The volume of content exchanged increases rapidly, users are using more and more mobile devices, data centers are becoming bigger and bigger, users are even more concerned about their security and privacy, the Internet consumes significant amounts of energy, and new paradigms, such as the Internet of Things, emerge. These observations raise the question: what is the role of ICN in this emerging environment?

At the same time, new tools create opportunities for ICN to emerge. Software-defined networking, network function virtualization, blockchain-based technologies, edge computing, general purpose operating systems for constrained devices, programmable network and endpoint devices, planet-wide testbeds. All these tools create hopes that ICN can leave research laboratories and meet the real world.

This Special Issue aims to present advances of the research on ICN. We seek submissions that demonstrate how ICN can solve current Internet problems and how ICN can become a reality. Example topics of interest are various aspects of ICN, including but not limited to the following:

  • Applications of ICN to the IoT
  • Security and privacy of ICN architectures and applications
  • Access control for ICN
  • ICN and edge/fog/cloud computing paradigms
  • Interoperability of ICN architectures
  • Content distribution using ICN
  • ICN-based 5G architectures
  • ICN for low-powered devices and dense networks
  • ICN (incremental) deployment
  • Routing, transport, and congestion control for ICN architectures
  • Performance of legacy protocols and applications over ICN
  • User/content mobility
  • Caching
  • ICN experimentation
  • Business models for ICN architectures and applications
  • ICN and SDN

Dr. Nikos Fotiou
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Clean slate Internet
  • ICN research
  • Networking architectures
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Incremental deployment
  • New communication paradigms
  • IoT
  • 5G
  • SDN
  • Future Internet architectures

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Information-Centric Networking (ICN)
Future Internet 2020, 12(2), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12020035 - 13 Feb 2020
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Information-Centric Networking (ICN) is novel paradigm considered for the future Internet, as well as for emerging architectures, such as the Internet of Things. Despite the significant research efforts that take place all around the world there are still many challenges and open issues [...] Read more.
Information-Centric Networking (ICN) is novel paradigm considered for the future Internet, as well as for emerging architectures, such as the Internet of Things. Despite the significant research efforts that take place all around the world there are still many challenges and open issues related to the applicability of ICN. The papers of this special issue, six in total, identify such challenges, and propose solutions, design guidelines, and new research directions. Full article
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Name-Based Security for Information-Centric Networking Architectures
Future Internet 2019, 11(11), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11110232 - 01 Nov 2019
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Information-Centric Networking (ICN) is an emerging communication paradigm built around content names. Securing ICN using named-based security is, therefore, a natural choice. For this paper, we designed and evaluated name-based security solutions that satisfy security requirements that are particular to ICN architectures. In [...] Read more.
Information-Centric Networking (ICN) is an emerging communication paradigm built around content names. Securing ICN using named-based security is, therefore, a natural choice. For this paper, we designed and evaluated name-based security solutions that satisfy security requirements that are particular to ICN architectures. In order to achieve our goal, we leverage identity-based encryption, identity-based proxy re-encryption, and the emerging paradigm of decentralized identifiers. Our solutions support outsourcing content storage, content integrity protection and content authentication, and provenance verification, as well as access control. We show that our solutions have tolerable storage and computation overhead, thus proving their feasibility. Full article
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Joint Location-Dependent Pricing and Request Mapping in ICN-Based Telco CDNs For 5G
Future Internet 2019, 11(6), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11060125 - 03 Jun 2019
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Telco content delivery networks (CDNs) have envisioned building highly distributed and cloudified sites to provide a high-quality CDN service in the 5G era. However, there are still two open problems to be addressed. First, telco CDNs are operated upon the underlay network evolving [...] Read more.
Telco content delivery networks (CDNs) have envisioned building highly distributed and cloudified sites to provide a high-quality CDN service in the 5G era. However, there are still two open problems to be addressed. First, telco CDNs are operated upon the underlay network evolving towards information-centric networking (ICN). Different from CDNs that perform on the application layer, ICN enables information-centric forwarding to the network layer. Thus, it is challenging to take advantage of the benefits of both ICN and CDN to provide a high-quality content delivery service in the context of ICN-based telco CDNs. Second, bandwidth pricing and request mapping issues in ICN-based telco CDNs have not been thoroughly studied. In this paper, we first propose an ICN-based telco CDN framework that integrates the information-centric forwarding enabled by ICN and the powerful edge caching enabled by telco CDNs. Then, we propose a location-dependent pricing (LDP) strategy, taking into consideration the congestion level of different sites. Furthermore, on the basis of LDP, we formulate a price-aware request mapping (PARM) problem, which can be solved by existing linear programming solvers. Finally, we conduct extensive simulations to evaluate the effectiveness of our design. Full article
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Guidelines towards Information-Driven Mobility Management
Future Internet 2019, 11(5), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11050111 - 10 May 2019
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The architectural semantics of Information-Centric Networking bring in interesting features in regards to mobility management: Information-Centric Networking is content-oriented, connection-less, and receiver-driven. Despite such intrinsic advantages, the support for node movement is being based on the principles of IP solutions. IP-based solutions are, [...] Read more.
The architectural semantics of Information-Centric Networking bring in interesting features in regards to mobility management: Information-Centric Networking is content-oriented, connection-less, and receiver-driven. Despite such intrinsic advantages, the support for node movement is being based on the principles of IP solutions. IP-based solutions are, however, host-oriented, and Information-Centric Networking paradigms are information-oriented. By following IP mobility management principles, some of the natural mobility support advantages of Information-Centric Networking are not being adequately explored. This paper contributes with an overview on how Information-Centric Networking paradigms handle mobility management as of today, highlighting current challenges and proposing a set of design guidelines to overcome them, thus steering a vision towards a content-centric mobility management approach. Full article
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A Cache Placement Strategy with Energy Consumption Optimization in Information-Centric Networking
Future Internet 2019, 11(3), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11030064 - 05 Mar 2019
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With the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, and Internet of Things, Information-Centric Networking (ICN) has become a novel hotspot in the field of future Internet architecture, and new problems have appeared. In particular, more researchers consider information naming, delivery, mobility, and [...] Read more.
With the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, and Internet of Things, Information-Centric Networking (ICN) has become a novel hotspot in the field of future Internet architecture, and new problems have appeared. In particular, more researchers consider information naming, delivery, mobility, and security in ICN. In this paper, we mainly focus on the cache placement strategy and network performance of ICN, and propose a cache placement strategy with energy consumption optimization. In order to optimize the energy consumption of the ICN, the best cache placement node is selected from the view of users. First of all, the distance sequence of different nodes arriving at each user is obtained in terms of detection results of network distribution channels, and the corresponding energy consumption of information distribution is obtained from the distance sequence. Secondly, the reward function of the cache node is derived using two factors of energy consumption, which includes the additional energy consumed by the change of the cache node and the energy consumption of the content distribution. Finally, we construct the optimal stopping theory problem to solve the maximum expected energy saving. In simulations, we give the comparison results of energy savings, caching benefit, and delivery success rate. The results show that the strategy proposed by this paper has higher delivery success rate and lower energy consumption than other strategies. Full article
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Reputation-Based Trust Approaches in Named Data Networking
Future Internet 2019, 11(11), 241; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11110241 - 18 Nov 2019
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Information-Centric Networking (ICN) has arisen as an architectural solution that responds to the needs of today’s overloaded Internet, departing from the traditional host-centric access paradigm. In this paper we focus on Named Data Networking (NDN), the most prominent ICN architecture. In the NDN [...] Read more.
Information-Centric Networking (ICN) has arisen as an architectural solution that responds to the needs of today’s overloaded Internet, departing from the traditional host-centric access paradigm. In this paper we focus on Named Data Networking (NDN), the most prominent ICN architecture. In the NDN framework, disseminated content is at the core of the design and providing trusted content is essential. In this paper, we provide an overview of reputation-based trust approaches, present their design trade-offs and argue that these approaches can consolidate NDN trust and security by working complementary to the existing credential-based schemes. Finally, we discuss future research directions and challenges. Full article
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An Overview on Push-Based Communication Models for Information-Centric Networking
Future Internet 2019, 11(3), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11030074 - 21 Mar 2019
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Information-centric networking integrates by design a pull-based model which brings in advantages in terms of control as well as of in-network caching strategies. Currently, ICN main areas of action concern content distribution and IoT, both of which are environments that often require support [...] Read more.
Information-centric networking integrates by design a pull-based model which brings in advantages in terms of control as well as of in-network caching strategies. Currently, ICN main areas of action concern content distribution and IoT, both of which are environments that often require support for periodic and even-triggered data transmission. Such environments can benefit from push-based communication to achieve faster data forwarding. This paper provides an overview on the current push-based mechanisms that can be applied to information-centric paradigms, explaining the trade-off associated with the different approaches. Moreover, the paper provides design guidelines for integrating push communications in information-centric networking, having as example the application of this networking architecture in IoT environments. Full article
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