Research at Cisco

Next Generation Web Technologies

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Next Generation Web Technologies


Work is underway to standardize the next version of HTTP, HTTP 2.0. In addition, there is heavy interest in JSON and use of RESTful interfaces. In this RFP we are seeking proposals that examine all aspects of HTTP 2.0, useful areas of standardization for JSON, and further exploration of REST.

Full Description:

The current version of HTTP was standardized in 1999. Much has changed since then. While the Internet has grown to over 2.4 billion people, our usage patterns have changed, mobile devices have gotten more powerful, many services have been externalized, and the web has become more social. With all of this in mind, the industry has begun to focus on its first-ever major revision of HTTP. Initial versions include multiplexing, prioritization facilities, and compression. Many of the new capabilities have been tried in the past with limited success. A full examination of performance, security, and interoperability should be performed as HTTP 2.0 goes through the standardization process, with an eye towards identifying areas for improvement or clarification. This includes but by no means is limited to proxy interactions, compression analysis, impact on mobile and nomadic computing, and appropriate queuing techniques.

Similarly, the web is becoming considerably more semantic. The acceptance of JSON, when used with RESTful interfaces as a next generation remote procedure and data structuring language has become commonplace. Many different extensions are currently being proposed. Which one of these extensions are generally useful, and which ones might be overly complex? What are the alternatives?

Constraints and other information:

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

Proposal submission:

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RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied.
Submissions are batched and reviewed at the beginning of each calendar quarter in January, April, July, and October.

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