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Routing and Addressing (open call)

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Routing and Addressing (open call)


This RFP is designed to cover aspects of the Routing and Addressing problem that are not specifically covered by other RPFs.

Full Description:

While investigation into scalable Internet routing protocols has been an area of active research for many years, few feasible (i.e., deployable) proposals have emerged.

Topics in this space have included control plane performance, in terms of state (e.g., size of the RIB and/or FIB), rate (e.g., routing table updates), and stretch optimization.

Many algorithms have been proposed to solve parts of the problem (e.g., compact routing), but efficient and deployable solutions have remained elusive. As such, further investigation is required to gain an in-depth understanding of the behavior of the existing Internet, as well as for potential future and emerging Internet architectures.

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

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RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied. Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible. The deadline for Submissions is the Friday of the first week of each calendar quarter (the months of January, April, July, October). Funding decisions and communication will occur within 90 days from the quarterly submission deadline. The usage of funding is expected within 12 months of funding decision. Please plan your requests accordingly.

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