Named data networking of things (invited paper)

Wentao Shang, Adeola Bannis, Teng Liang, Zhehao Wang, Yingdi Yu, Alexander Afanasyev, Jeff Thompson, Jeff Burke, Beichuan Zhang, Lixia Zhang

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision for interconnecting all of the world's "things"-from vehicles to diet scales, smart homes and electrical grids-through a common set of networking technologies. Realizing this vision using a host-to-host communication paradigm, such as that of the Internet Protocol (IP), is challenging in the context of highly heterogeneous, constrained devices that connect intermittently to one or more networks, often using multiple interfaces; communicate within various security regimes; and require both local and global communication capability. Using IP and similar protocols as the narrow waist of interoperability for IoT requires managing data exchange and security in terms that are largely orthogonal to application semantics, while simultaneously needing to minimize resource usage. This paper explores how Named Data Networking (NDN), a proposed future Internet architecture, addresses the root causes of these challenges and can help achieve the IoT vision in a more secure, straightforward, and innovationfriendly manner. NDN's data-centric communication model aligns network and application semantics, enabling developers to work with "things" and their data directly, and for IoT networks to be deployed and configured easily. To substantiate the high-level discussion, we give examples of ongoing design and implementation work in IoT over NDN and compare the architecture to wellknown existing protocols and frameworks. Finally, we discuss short- and long-term scenarios for employing NDN to enable the Internet of Things.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 1st International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation, IoTDI 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781467399487
StatePublished - May 17 2016
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation, IoTDI 2016 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Apr 4 2016Apr 8 2016


Other1st IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation, IoTDI 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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