Active, Programmable, Adaptive, and Extensible Networking

The field of active networking has produced a wealth of work in the DARPA Active Nets and EU FAIN (Future Active IP Networks) programs, as well as a number of other independent research projects. The locus of emphasis has been on languages, execution environments, and node architecture. is online and will soon serve as a central index to active nets research projects, worldwide, as well as conference events.

This page is restricted to my personal involvement in Active Networks over the last 10 years.

Events and Activities

Naoki Wakamiya, Marcin Solarski, and James P.G. Sterbenz, editors
Active Networks: IFIP-TC6 5th International Working Conference, IWAN 2003,
LNCS, Springer, Berlin, forthcoming.

James P.G. Sterbenz, Osamu Takada, Christian Tschudin, and Bernhard Plattner, editors,
Active Networks: IFIP-TC6 4th International Working Conference, IWAN 2002,
LNCS 2546, Springer, Berlin, 2002.


New Directions in Adaptive and Active Networks

There are a number of obvious directions for future research emphasis, some of which have had very little work so far:

Mobile Wireless Adaptive and Active Networks

In late 2001 Doug Maughan held a workshop following the DARPA Active Nets PI meeting to discuss research directions for a potential follow-on program. The following white paper reflects collaborative brainstorming on the potential for mobile wireless active networking research.

Bernhard Plattner and James P.G. Sterbenz, “Mobile Wireless Active Networking: Issues and Research Agenda”,
IEICE Workshop on Active Network Technology and Applications (ANTA) 2002,
Tokyo, March 2002, pp. 71–74.
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High-Performance Active Networking

James P.G. Sterbenz,
“Intelligence in Future Broadband Networks: Challenges and Opportunities in High-Speed Active Networking”,
Proceedings of IEEE International Zürich Seminar on Broadband Communications (IZS 2002),
Zürich, Feb. 2002, pp. 2-1–2-7.
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Active Network and Node Architecture

James P.G. Sterbenz and Rajesh Krishnan,
“Multi-Modal Routing and Switch Node Architecture”,
DARPA / DOE / NASA / NIST / NLM / NSF Workshop on New Visions for Large-Scale Networks: Research and Applications,
Vienna VA, 12-14 March 2001.
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Kenneth L. Calvert, Samrat Bhattacharjee, Ellen W. Zegura, and James P.G. Sterbenz,
“Directions in Active Networks”,
IEEE Communications, vol.36 #10, Oct. 1998, pp. 72–78.
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James P.G. Sterbenz,
“Network Processors: Opportunity for Open, Programmable, Extensible, Adaptive, Active Networks?&rdquo,
IEEE OpenSig 2002,
Lexington KY, Oct 2002.

James P.G. Sterbenz, Alden W. Jackson, and Matthew N. Condell,
HyperActive Networking,
Active Networks Group draft (experimental),
1 April 2000
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Active Network Control and Management

Publications and Presentations

Christoph Wirz, Regina Rosales Hain, Alden W. Jackson, Bernhard Plattner and James P.G. Sterbenz,
“Multicast Monitoring with SENCOMM”,
IFIP IWAN 2002 poster, Zürich, December 2002.

Christoph Wirz,
James P.G. Sterbenz, Matthias Bossardt, and Bernhard Plattner,
Active Network Multicasting and Tree Monitoring with SENCOMM,
Diploma Thesis DA-2002.29, ETH Zürich,
BBN Technical Report 8358,
November 2002.

Alden W. Jackson, James P.G. Sterbenz, Matthew N. Condell, and Regina Rosales Hain,
“Active Monitoring and Control: The SENCOMM Architecture and Implementation”,
Proceedings of the DARPA Active Networks Conference and Exposition (DANCE) 2002,
San Francisco, June 2002, pp. 379-393.
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Alden W. Jackson, James P.G. Sterbenz, Matthew N. Condell, Regina Rosales Hain, and Leon Poutievski,
Active Network Monitoring and Control: Architecture and Issues,
Oct. 2000.

Alden W. Jackson, James P.G. Sterbenz, Matthew N. Condell, Joel Levin, and David J. Waitzman,
SENCOMM Architecture,
Apr. 2000.

Research Staff

Alden Jackson, James P.G. Sterbenz (Co-Principal Investigators),
Matt Condell, Regina Rosales Hain, Joel Levin, David J. Waitzman,
Leon Poutievski, Christoph Wirz
[ BBN SENCOMM project page ] – includes software release and full documentation

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