NOM Workshop

The third Workshop on Name-Oriented Mobility: Architecture, Algorithms and Applications

April 11, 2016, San Francisco, USA

Welcome to INFOCOM 2016 NOM Workshop

Mobility support facing unprecedented challenges due to ever increasing number of mobile devices at global scale, ever increasing diversity of these devices, and ever increasing demand of data volumes by these devices; these challenges demand a new exploration of mobility support architecture. Name-oriented networking, which is well-known as Information-Centric Networking (ICN), is a promising direction to transition towards the data-oriented communication with one of the research focus targeting specifically mobile and wireless environments. In recent years, ICN is attracting a widespread interest from academia and industry, with several involvements from standardization bodies, industry forums, and consortiums. Instead of host-to-host communication model, as in the current Internet architecture, name-oriented network architecture shifts network communication towards a data-oriented model that focuses on data retrieval, instead of host-to-host packet delivery. Data names are thus a centerpiece part used to retrieve content instead of addresses for reaching specific instances of data containers. ICN embedded security mechanisms also give it an advantage over current Internet technologies by securing the data rather than relying on the security of the transmission channel over which data is sent, which is a crucial issue in wireless and mobile networks. Furthermore, data-centricity of ICN (i.e., independence of underlying network attachments and architecture) makes it very promising in 5G networks with multiple radios nodes with connectivity across multiple radio technologies.

Name-oriented network architectures appear to be very capable in offering of a new mobility network paradigm to meet mobile device characters and mobile data routing, processing, storage, and retrieval. Thanks to its native design and its connectionless transfer of data (request for data forwarded based on data's name and data is returned using the reverse path of the request), name-oriented network naturally manages user and devices mobility across multiple radio technologies and is thus a good candidate for mobile/wireless networks, including 5G networks. In addition, ICN technology is promising in offering a scalable networking layer for IoT applications, including massive sensor devices that clearly suffer from the lack of mobility management in the IP architecture and the lack of an efficient data storage, security, and sharing means.

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate research and discussion related to those topics.