Applicability and Tradeoffs of Information-Centric Networking for Efficient IoT

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Authors Anders Lindgren  , Fehmi Abdesslem  , Bengt Ahlgren  , Olov Schelen  , Adeel Malik 
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This document outlines the tradeoffs involved in utilizing Information Centric Networking (ICN) for the Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios. It describes the contexts and applications where the IoT would benefit from ICN, and where a host-centric approach would be better. The requirements imposed by the heterogeneous nature of IoT networks are discussed (e.g., in terms of connectivity, power availability, computational and storage capacity). Design choices are then proposed for an IoT architecture to handle these requirements, while providing efficiency and scalability. An objective is to not require any IoT specific changes of the ICN architecture per se, but we do indicate some potential modifications of ICN that would improve efficiency and scalability for IoT and other applications. This document mainly serves as a problem statement and will not present a conclusive architecture design. It can be used as a basis for further discussion and to design architectures for the IoT.


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