Open Network Interfaces for Carrier Networks

TitleOpen Network Interfaces for Carrier Networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPanda, A., McCauley M., Tootoonchian A., Sherry J., Koponen T., Ratnasamy S., & Shenker S.
Published inACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
Date Published01/2016

With the increasing prevalence of middleboxes, networks today are capable of doing far more than merely delivering packets. In fact, to realize their full potential for both supporting innovation and generating revenue, we should think of carrier networks as service-delivery platforms. This requires providing open interfaces that allow third-parties to leverage carrier-network infrastructures in building global-scale services. In this position paper, we take the first steps towards making this vision concrete by identifying a few such interfaces that are both simple-to-support and safe-to-deploy (for the carrier) while being flexibly useful (for third-parties).


We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions which have helped improve this paper. This research was supported in part by NSF grants 1343947 and 1420064, and funding provided by Intel Corporation.

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