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Design Considerations for Applying ICN to IoT

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (icnrg RG)
Expired & archived
Authors Ravi Ravindran , Yanyong Zhang , Luigi Alfredo Grieco , Anders Lindgren , Jeff Burke , Bengt Ahlgren , Aytac Azgin
Last updated 2019-11-03 (Latest revision 2019-05-02)
Replaces draft-zhang-icnrg-icniot
RFC stream Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
Intended RFC status Informational
Additional resources Mailing list discussion
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The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to connect billions of objects to the Internet. After deploying many stand-alone IoT systems in different domains, the current trend is to develop a common, "thin waist" of protocols to enable a horizontally unified IoT architecture. The objective of such an architecture is to make resource objects securely accessible to applications across organizations and domains. Towards this goal, quite a few proposals have been made to build an application-layer based unified IoT platform on top of today's host-centric Internet. However, there is a fundamental mismatch between the host-centric nature of today's Internet and the mostly information-centric nature of the IoT domain. To address this mismatch, the common set of protocols and network services offered by an information-centric networking (ICN) architecture can be leveraged to realize an ICN-based IoT (or ICN- IoT) architecture that can take advantage of the salient features of ICN such as naming, security, mobility, compute and efficient content and service delivery support offered by it. In this draft, we summarize the general IoT demands, and ICN features that support these requirements, and then discuss the challenges to realize an ICN-based IoT framework. Beyond this, the goal of this draft is not to offer any specific ICN-IoT architectural proposal.


Ravi Ravindran
Yanyong Zhang
Luigi Alfredo Grieco
Anders Lindgren
Jeff Burke
Bengt Ahlgren
Aytac Azgin

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