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Evolvable network architectures: what can we learn from biology?

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Evolvable network architectures: what can we learn from biology?
There is significant research interest recently to understand the evolution of the current Internet, as well as to design clean-slate Future Internet architectures. Clearly, even when network architectures are designed from scratch, they have to evolve as their environment (i.e., technological constraints, service requirements, applications, economic conditions, etc) always changes. A key question then is: what makes a network architecture evolvable? What determines the ability of a network architecture to evolve as its environment changes? In this paper, we review some relevant ideas about evolvability from the biological literature. We examine the role of robustness and modularity in evolution, and their relation with evolvability. We also discuss evolutionary kernels and punctuated equilibria, two important concepts that may be relevant to the so-called ossification of the core Internet protocols. Finally, we examine optimality, a design objective that is often of primary interest ...
Constantine Dovrolis, J. Todd Streelman
Added 09 Dec 2010
Updated 09 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where CCR
Authors Constantine Dovrolis, J. Todd Streelman
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