Evolution to Content Optimized Networks (eCON)


Evolution to Content Optimized Networks (eCON) is a transformative effort that will establish an evolutionary path from today's IP-based routing network to a future network that leverages the increasingly important role of content.

This work assesses developments such as Information Centric Networking (ICN) and related research, with the goal of more efficient content and information delivery based on content naming approaches. A clear vision and set of path alternatives will benefit the entire content ecosystem as the industry explores the best path forward for improved network efficiency, content delivery and user experience.

With the rapid growth of video and rich content services, network operators have already taken steps to increase network efficiency and move content closer to the edge of the network. At the same time, application providers are deploying their own solutions to optimize content delivery and improve user experience, including edge-caching, end-to-end encryption and proxies. While these network- and application-oriented techniques may meet near-term goals, they will not likely support the longer-term efficiency needs that could be enabled by radically new approaches based on named content. The eCON initiative is delivering a transformational approach to support the future needs of content and information services from the application, network and user perspective.

The initiative is capturing a "present state" of existing work in this area; developing a desired "future state" that identifies the target attributes and intrinsic value of moving to a content optimized network; identifying related industry work underway or needed to support the transformation; and more. This vision is being rationalized with related network evolution work being undertaken by ATIS and the industry, on 5G, IoT and the Future of the Internet.

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ATIS Technical Lead
Tom Anderson
Senior Technology Consultant