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Application-aware Networking (APN) Framework

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors Zhenbin Li , Shuping Peng , Daniel Voyer , Cong Li , Peng Liu , Chang Cao , Gyan Mishra
Last updated 2023-10-05 (Latest revision 2023-04-03)
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A multitude of applications are carried over the network, which have varying needs for network bandwidth, latency, jitter, and packet loss, etc. Some new emerging applications have very demanding performance requirements. However, in current networks, the network and applications are decoupled, that is, the network is not aware of the applications' requirements in a fine granularity. Therefore, it is difficult to provide truly fine-granularity traffic operations for the applications and guarantee their SLA requirements. This document proposes a new framework, named Application-aware Networking (APN), where application-aware information (i.e. APN attribute) including APN identification (ID) and/or APN parameters (e.g. network performance requirements) is encapsulated at network edge devices and carried in packets traversing an APN domain in order to facilitate service provisioning, perform fine-granularity traffic steering and network resource adjustment.


Zhenbin Li
Shuping Peng
Daniel Voyer
Cong Li
Peng Liu
Chang Cao
Gyan Mishra

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