Jan. 01, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010
The 7th Framework Program project 4WARD addresses Architecture and Design for the Future Internet. It is developing a set of radical architectural approaches following a clean slate approach and building on a strong mobile and wireless background. Solutions will embrace the full range of technologies, from fiber backbones to wireless and sensor networks. Work focuses on inter-operable and complementary families of network architectures, carrier-grade virtualization of networking resources, network management benefiting from self-managing capabilities, robustness and efficiency by leveraging diversity and putting an information-centric paradigm in place of the old host-centric approach. The 4WARD results will allow new markets to appear, redefining business roles and creating new economic models.