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Smart Infrastructures

Smart Infrastructure Session

Currently we have an Internet, which has been described as “no longer fit for purpose” and “obtuse”. One new area of requirements and challenges where that shows up, is the smart functionality needed to meet changing, additional or increasing demands on Internet infrastructure. The Internet infrastructure capability limits will be stressed further by the expected growth, in the coming years, of an order of magnitude increase in services, the likely increase in the interconnection of smart objects and items (Internet of Things) and its integration with enterprise applications. Future Internet Architecture will be a Smart Infrastructure taking into account unification and various angles of the problem space.

A number of research topics are part of the smart infrastructure functionality including self-adaptation of the infrastructure, changing functionality on demand, pervasive and ubiquitous systems, energy efficiency and management, smart and embedded systems and life-cycle management of the infrastructures. Efficiency, scalability, reliability, programmability and security are obvious areas in which this smart functionality will be felt.

An example of a smart functional component is context-awareness, particularly in the form of sensing devices and sensor networks. This will lead to an expansion of the number of Internet nodes, which will be even greater than that currently predicted by the IoT community when talking about IP addresses for every appliance. So the “smarts” will have extra consequences for, and make extra demands of, the Internet infrastructure. For context-awareness to facilitate immediate reaction of services, routers, devices, etc. minimal guarantees will also be required. Context-awareness is invariably used to personalise a user’s experience at the application layer. If I know more about your context, I can better configure my service (including network and path provision) for your needs. The FI needs to develop methods and eventually standards, which support such dynamically changing personalisable parameters.

The session will contain 6 Panellists covering the different smart infrastructure aspects from the network and service viewpoints, and from an infrastructure reliability prospect.



Marcus Brunner: brunner(at)

Alex Galis: a.galis(at)

Nick Taylor : n.k.taylor(at)