The current Internet has exhibited a remarkable sustenance to evolution and growth; however, it is facing unprecedented challenges and may not be able to continue to sustain this evolution and growth in the future because it is based on design decisions made in the 1970s when the TCP/IP concepts were developed. The research thus has provided incremental solutions to the evolving Internet to address every new vulnerabilities. As a result, the Internet has increased in complexity, which makes it hard to manage, more vulnerable to emerging threats, and more fragile in the face of new requirements.

With a goal towards overcoming this situation, a clean-slate future Internet architecture design paradigm has been suggested by the research communities.

This research is focused on addressing and routing for a clean-slate future Internet architecture, called the Floating Cloud Tiered (FCT) internetworking model. The major goals of this study are: (i) to address the two related problems of routing scalability and addressing, through an approach which would leverage the existing structures in the current Internet architecture, (ii) to propose a solution that is acceptable to the ISP community that supports the Internet, and lastly (iii) to provide a transition platform and mechanism which is very essential to the successful deployment of the proposed design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Internet--Forecasting; Routing protocols (Computer network protocols)

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Computing and Information Sciences (Ph.D.)


Nirmala Shenoy

Advisor/Committee Member

Aparna Gupta

Advisor/Committee Member

Tae Oh


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