Special Issue "Information-Centric Networking"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communications Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alexander Afanasyev

School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
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Interests: named data networking; information-centric networking; network and systems security; IoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, Internet communication has evolved from the end-to-end model of pushing packets to destination hosts towards the model of data retrieval. This shift created an incongruence between application semantics and network functions.  The recently-emerged Information-Centric Networking (ICN) paradigm provides a set of network-level primitives that adjust application and network semantics, enabling more efficient communication, better resilience to network dynamics and mobility, improved latency and data delivery, and providing strong security properties to communication. 

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to publish high-quality research, expecting both from academic and industrial stakeholders, highlighting recent research, development, and evaluation of ICN, stimulating more discussions in the area, and identifying potential opportunities and research gaps. Original, high quality contributions that have not yet been published, submitted, or are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Application programming interfaces (APIs) for ICN and their evaluation
  • Applications of ICN for Internet-of-Things, smart vehicles, smart cities, and other smart environments
  • Architecture design and evaluation
  • Deployments of ICN
  • Economics and business models of ICN
  • Evaluation methodology and metrics
  • ICN application in challenging network environments
  • ICN support for ad hoc, direct peer-to-peer communication
  • Implementation strategies for ICN
  • Management in ICN
  • Mobility solutions and issues in ICN
  • Opportunities for ICN in the developing world
  • QoS-aware ICN networking
  • Routing and forwarding (including congestion control) in ICN
  • Tools, experimentation facilities, and measurement methodology for ICN
  • Transport issues in ICN
  • Trust management, confidentiality, access control, and privacy in ICN
Dr. Alexander Afanasyev
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Information-Centric Networking
  • Future Internet Architecture
  • Named Data Networking
  • Content-Centric Networking

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Open AccessArticle Challenges and Opportunities of Named Data Networking in Vehicle-To-Everything Communication: A Review
Information 2018, 9(11), 264; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9110264
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 28 September 2018 / Accepted: 19 October 2018 / Published: 23 October 2018
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Many car manufacturers have recently proposed to release autonomous self-driving cars within the next few years. Information gathered by sensors (e.g., cameras, GPS, lidar, radar, ultrasonic) enable cars to drive autonomously on roads. However, in urban or high-speed traffic scenarios the information gathered
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Many car manufacturers have recently proposed to release autonomous self-driving cars within the next few years. Information gathered by sensors (e.g., cameras, GPS, lidar, radar, ultrasonic) enable cars to drive autonomously on roads. However, in urban or high-speed traffic scenarios the information gathered by mounted sensors may not be sufficient to guarantee a smooth and safe traffic flow. Thus, information received from infrastructure and other cars or vehicles on the road is vital. Key aspects in Vehicle-To-Everything (V2X) communication are security, authenticity, and integrity which are inherently provided by Information Centric Networking (ICN). In this paper, we identify advantages and drawbacks of ICN for V2X communication. We specifically review forwarding, caching, as well as simulation aspects for V2X communication with a focus on ICN. Furthermore, we investigate existing solutions for V2X and discuss their applicability. Based on these investigations, we suggest directions for further work in context of ICN (in particular Named Data Networking) to enable V2X communication providing a secure and efficient transport platform. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Context-Aware Data Dissemination for ICN-Based Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
Information 2018, 9(11), 263; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9110263
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 12 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 23 October 2018
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Information-centric networking (ICN) technology matches many major requirements of vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) in terms of its connectionless networking paradigm accordant with the dynamic environments of VANETs and is increasingly being applied to VANETs. However, wireless transmissions of packets in VANETs using
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Information-centric networking (ICN) technology matches many major requirements of vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) in terms of its connectionless networking paradigm accordant with the dynamic environments of VANETs and is increasingly being applied to VANETs. However, wireless transmissions of packets in VANETs using ICN mechanisms can lead to broadcast storms and channel contention, severely affecting the performance of data dissemination. At the same time, frequent changes of topology due to driving at high speeds and environmental obstacles can also lead to link interruptions when too few vehicles are involved in data forwarding. Hence, balancing the number of forwarding vehicular nodes and the number of copies of packets that are forwarded is essential for improving the performance of data dissemination in information-centric networking for vehicular ad-hoc networks. In this paper, we propose a context-aware packet-forwarding mechanism for ICN-based VANETs. The relative geographical position of vehicles, the density and relative distribution of vehicles, and the priority of content are considered during the packet forwarding. Simulation results show that the proposed mechanism can improve the performance of data dissemination in ICN-based VANET in terms of a successful data delivery ratio, packet loss rate, bandwidth usage, data response time, and traversed hops. Full article
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Open AccessArticle PIF and ReCiF: Efficient Interest-Packet Forwarding Mechanisms for Named-Data Wireless Mesh Networks
Information 2018, 9(10), 243; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9100243
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 29 September 2018
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In this paper, we propose three mechanisms to reduce the broadcast storm problem in wireless mesh networks based on the Named-Data Network (NDN) architecture. The goal of our mechanisms is to reduce the number of content requests forwarded by nodes and consequently, increase
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In this paper, we propose three mechanisms to reduce the broadcast storm problem in wireless mesh networks based on the Named-Data Network (NDN) architecture. The goal of our mechanisms is to reduce the number of content requests forwarded by nodes and consequently, increase the network efficiency. The first proposed mechanism, called Probabilistic Interest Forwarding (PIF), randomly forwards content requests. The second mechanism, called Retransmission-Counter-based Forwarding (ReCIF), decides to forward content requests based on the number of retransmissions by adding a counter to the header of requests. The third mechanism, called ReCIF+PIF, combines the features of PIF and ReCIF to suppress content requests. We compare the performance of our mechanisms with both the NDN default forwarding mechanism and the Listen First Broadcast Later (LFBL) mechanism. Our proposals outperform the default NDN forwarding mechanism by up to 21% regarding the data delivery rate in dense networks and provide a 25% lower delivery delay than the default NDN. Our mechanisms accomplish this performance by only reducing the number of content requests forwarded by nodes. One of our mechanisms, PIF, outperforms LFBL regarding the data delivery rate and delivery delay by up to 263% and 55%, respectively, for high network contention levels. Full article
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