The compositional architecture of the internet

Pamela Zave, Jennifer Rexford
2019 Communications of the ACM  
key insights ˽ For the past 25 years, the Internet has been evolving to meet new challenges by composition with new networks that were unanticipated by the original architecture. New networks make alternative trade-offs that are not compatible with the general-purpose Internet design, or maintain alternative views of network structure. ˽ In an architecture composed of selfcontained networks, each network is a microcosm with all the basic network mechanisms including a namespace, routing, a
more » ... ce, routing, a forwarding protocol, session protocols, and directories. The mechanisms are specialized for the network's purposes, membership, geographical span, and level of abstraction.
doi:10.1145/3226588 fatcat:kdsqmit3ufh2hmwo32kab6pwle