Application-aware IPv6 Networking (APN6) Framework

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Authors Zhenbin Li  , Shuping Peng  , Dan Voyer  , Chongfeng Xie  , Peng Liu  , Chang Liu  , Kentaro Ebisawa  , Stefano Previdi  , Jim Guichard 
Last updated 2020-05-06 (latest revision 2019-11-03)
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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 (e.g. 5G) 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 IPv6 Networking (APN6), which makes use of IPv6 encapsulation to convey the application characteristic information such as application identification and its network performance requirements into the network to facilitate service provisioning, perform application-level traffic steering and network resource adjustment.


Zhenbin Li (
Shuping Peng (
Dan Voyer (
Chongfeng Xie (
Peng Liu (
Chang Liu (
Kentaro Ebisawa (
Stefano Previdi (
Jim Guichard (

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