Evolution in Action: Using Active Networking to Evolve Network Support for Mobility. Seo-Kyu Song, Stephen Shannon, Michael Hicks, and Scott Nettles. In James Sterbenz, Osamu Takada, Christian Tschudin, and Bernhard Plattner, editors, Proceedings of the Fourth International Working Conference on Active Networks (IWAN), volume 2546 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 146-161. Springer-Verlag, December 2002.

A key early objective of Active Networking (AN) was to support on-the-fly network evolution. Although AN has been used relatively extensively to build application-customized protocols and even whole networking systems, demonstrations of evolution have been limited. This paper examines three AN mechanisms and how they enable evolution: active packets and plug-in extensions, well-known to the AN community, and update extensions, which are novel to AN. We devote our presentation to a series of demonstrations of how each type of evolution can be applied to the problem of adding support for mobility to a network. This represents the most large-scale demonstration of AN evolution to date. These demonstrations show what previous AN research has not: that AN technology can, in fact, support very significant changes to the network, even while the network is operational.

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@INPROCEEDINGS{SongSHN02,
  AUTHOR = {Seo-Kyu Song and Stephen Shannon and Michael Hicks and Scott Nettles},
  TITLE = {Evolution in Action: Using Active Networking to Evolve Network Support for Mobility},
  BOOKTITLE = {Proceedings of the Fourth International Working Conference on Active Networks (IWAN)},
  PUBLISHER = {Springer-Verlag},
  EDITOR = {James Sterbenz and Osamu Takada and Christian Tschudin and Bernhard Plattner},
  SERIES = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  VOLUME = 2546,
  PAGES = {146--161},
  YEAR = 2002,
  MONTH = {December}
}

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