WORKSHOP: Activity Afoot? (Networked Europe)

Tuesday 23 November 08:30-12:00 room C3


Active Networking refers to the addition of user-controllable computing capabilities to data networks, which allows computation to happen within networks as data passes through nodes (e.g., modifying, storing, or redirecting the data). The network elements (switches, routers) perform computations on user data that passes between nodes, moreover the computation may be performed in response to a (application-specific) programme supplied by the user.

The expected impact of active networking is in accelerating innovation of the network infrastructure. The key lies in the fact that by decoupling hardware and software innovations, new protocols can be deployed in existing equipment. In mobile communications where the nodes associated with devices (e.g., mobile phones) are constantly on the move (as callers and receivers change location), active networks could greatly simplify call routing management. Its major selling point may be to add flexibility to the network without compromising its scalability.


Chairperson: Nelu Mihai (USA), Director Network Systems, IP Technologies, AT&T Labs:
Commercial Use of Active Networks
(.doc, 27kb)

  • Jonathan M. Smith (USA), Professor, Distributed Systems Lab, University of Pennsylvania: Directions in Active Networks (.doc, 23kb)
  • Ian Marshall (UK), Senior Engineer, BT Labs: Network Management (.doc, 33kb)
  • Gilles Muller (F), Charg√© de Recherche, IRISA/INRIA: Active Network Programming (.doc, 33kb)
  • Bernhard Plattner (CH), Professor, ETH Zuerich: Active Network Nodes (.doc, 39kb)


Roman Tirler (roman.tirler@cec.eu.int)
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