Next Generation Networking

Programmable Networks 2004 (Prognet 04) Programme

Tuesday, November 30

9:00 Invited Speaker Mobile Code - a Long Term Perspective - Christian Tschudin

Active Networking is probably the most radical approach when it comes to advocating mobile code. However, it seems that the "AN program" has failed and that the research field is, at least for the moment, fading. This is misleading. "Mobile code" has evolved a lot -- from a crazy concept to an accepted technology in form of products like network processors, Java and Dotnet. One could even argue that Windows updates are the most widespread mobile code system, and in areas as unrelated as sensor networks we see that full Active Networking concepts are still alive and kicking. But at the same time, we observe that these developments innovate in their field but not necessarily in the area of mobile code.

In this talk I will briefly review the path of mobile code through CS and argue that we still lack a foundation. Feynman said in his famous nano statement that "there's plenty room at the bottom". I think this also applies to mobile code, where we lack a "theory of mobile computation particles". Our research efforts should therefore focus on low level and communication theory issues.

10:00 P2P and Components

11:15 Coffee and demos

11:45 Middleware and Languages - Design and Implementation

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Breakout session

Across the following subject areas, come up with five thesis topics for investigation, or propose the title, abstract and outline of a collaborative paper from the assembled group. The aims are to educate less experienced colleagues in approaches to paper and topic creation, and more ambitiusly, to generate collaborations across the groups.
  • Programmable Infrastructure
  • Policy Management
  • Languages for network programming
  • Middleware
  • P2P applications and Services
  • Future Network Architectures
  • Applications
  • Distributed Deployment and Debugging
  • Security

15:30 Coffee and demos

16:00 Invited Speaker Programmable Networks: An Indian Perspective Prof Pallapa Venkataram, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

  • Report Back from breakout groups.

17:30 Demo and Posters

19:30 Dinner and Outrageous Opinions

Wednesday, December 1

8:45 Invited Speaker Adaptive Distributed Traffic Control Service for DDoS Attack Mitigation Bernhard Plattner, ETH

The frequency and intensity of Internet attacks are rising with an alarming pace. Several technologies and concepts were proposed for fighting distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. This paper shows that in the case of DDoS reflector attacks they are either ineffective or even counterproductive.

We then propose a novel concept and adaptive system that extends the control over network traffic by network users by safely delegating partial control of network behaviour from the network operators to network users. In our approach, packets with a source or destination address owned by a network user can also be controlled within the Internet instead of only at the network user's Internet uplink or firewall. By limiting the traffic control features and by restricting the realm of control to the "owner" of the traffic, we can rule out misuse of this system. Applications of our system are manifold: prevention of source address spoofing, DDoS attack mitigation, distributed firewall-like filtering, new ways of collecting traffic statistics, traceback, support for forensic analyses and many more.

9:45 Security

10:35 Coffee

10:55 Ad Hoc Networks and Infrastructure

11:45 Invited Speaker Programmable networks - what's the big deal? Gisli Hjalmtysson, Reykjavik University

12:45 Lunch


Ian Wakeman
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Upcoming Events

Coseners 2013

The Brendan Murphy prize for the best presentation was won by Gareth Tyson.

The tentative dates for next year's workshop are July 10-11 2014. We have now passed organisational responsibility across from Ian Wakeman to Iain Phillips at Loughborough and Hamed Haddaddi at QMUL.