PAN: Developing a Practical Active Network

Erik Nygren

Part of the MIT ActiveNets project.

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Project Abstract

Traditional computer networks are static: processing occurs only at fringe nodes and intermediate nodes route packets to their destinations without any processing. The increasing diversity of network applications has created a demand for ``active networks.'' In an active network, processing occurs within the network.

Active networks face the serious challenge of needing to simultaneously address safety, security, and interoperability issues while still providing the high performance that today's networks demand. The PAN project aims at developing a prototype "Practical Active Network" that will eventually address all of these issues simultaneously. The current implementation of PAN focuses on providing a high performance testbed for experimenting with active networks. Safety, security, and interoperability issues are not yet fully addressed. However, they were kept in mind during the design and will addressed in a future version.



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