7th International Workshop on the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA 2020)

During the last decade research funding bodies have supported “Future Internet” or “Clean-slate” design initiatives intended to reduce network complexity by redesigning the network protocol architecture, questioning some of its key principles. Industry groups such as the ETSI ISG NGP are looking at alternatives to the current “TCP-IP” protocol suite. However, few initiatives have really been able to “clean the slate” and question the core model and underlying principles of current Internet protocols. Of those who have done it, RINA – the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture – is probably the simplest yet most general solution.

RINA goes back to the early days of network research, in which operating systems and distributed applications were the model for thinking about packet networks. Networking was thought as the enabler of distributed computing. Hence the main function of networks was to communicate applications, not devices. According to this principle, RINA builds on the premise that networking is Inter-Process Communication (IPC) and only IPC, to provide a theory and a model that reconstructs the overall structure of the Internet, with a model that comprises a single repeating layer, the DIF (Distributed IPC Facility), which is the minimal set of components required to allow distributed IPC between application processes.  RINA supports inherently and without the need of extra mechanisms mobility, multi-homing and Quality of Service, provides a secure and configurable environment, motivates for a more competitive marketplace, and allows for a seamless adoption.

RINA implementations are maturing while researchers keep working in characterizing its applicability to a wide variety of current networking challenges. During the last year RINA has been featured in an ETSI ISG NGP group report as a potential candidate for future-proof protocols, and the standardization work on its core specifications at ISO has advanced to Committee Draft Standards. New projects like RINArmenia are working to develop RINA expertise at the national level, and are teaming with the local industry to implement and deploy the technology in a variety of markets.

The RINA Workshop solicits papers that investigate the application of RINA in different types of network segments and applications, papers reporting on prototype implementations, experimental deployments, and interoperability with existing technologies. We are also interested in papers that challenge the RINA principles and show limitations in its approach, disprove its claims or provide a simpler solution without compromising the benefits obtained by following the RINA architectural principles.

Intended topics include but are not limited to:

  • Quality of Service in RINA
  • Mobility, multi-homing and multicast
  • Security: authentication, access control, confidentiality
  • Routing in recursive layers
  • Management of recursive networks
  • Implications of RINA for AI-based network management
  • High-performance RINA implementations via programmable hardware
  • RINA scalability
  • Policies for large-scale RINA DIFs
  • Deployment scenarios for RINA
  • RINA prototype implementations
  • Deployment of 5G network slices enabling RINA networks
  • Analysis of case studies showing benefits of RINA
  • RINA for satellite constellations networking (LEO, MEO, GEO)
  • Specific RINA policies and DIF designs for wireless networks
  • Specific RINA policies and DIF designs for RINA in datacentre networks
  • Specific RINA policies and DIF designs for RINA in IoT networks
  • Specific RINA policies and DIF designs for RINA in service provider networks
  • RINA applied to vehicular networking
  • Specific RINA policies and DIF designs for RINA as a next generation virtual network overlay
  • Supporting the requirements of large-scale decentralized applications (e.g. blockchains)
  • Comparison of RINA with other networking technologies that challenge its vision and principles

Submission instructions

Main track: Submitted papers must be original work, not under review at other journals/conferences, and may comprise a maximum of 6 A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) pages in 2-column IEEE conference style with a minimum font size of 10 pt. Papers should be submitted electronically using the EDAS online submission system. All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors.

Demo track: Submitted papers must be original work, not under review at other journals/conferences, and may comprise a maximum of 4 A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) pages in 2-column IEEE conference style with a minimum font size of 10 pt. Papers should be submitted electronically using the EDAS online submission system. All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors, who must run the demonstration at the workshop.


Proceedings

Papers accepted for RINA 2020 will be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore. The IEEE reserves the right to remove any paper from IEEE Xplore if the paper is not presented at the workshop.


Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Eduard Grasa, Fundació i2CAT, Spain
  • Peyman Teymoori, University of Oslo, Norway

TPC Co-Chairs

  • Eduard Grasa, Fundació i2CAT, Spain
  • Peyman Teymoori, University of Oslo, Norway

Publicity Chair

  • Anis Laouiti, Telecom SudParis, France

Technical Program Committee

  • Steve Bunch, TRIA Network Systems LLC, USA
  • Diego Lopez, Telefonica, Spain
  • Antonio Marcos Alberti, Inatel, Brazil
  • Kevin Smith, Vodafone, UK
  • John Day, Boston University, USA
  • Lou Chitkushev, Boston University, USA
  • Kaniz Mahdi, Ciena, USA
  • Jordi Perelló, UPC, Spain
  • Davide Careglio, UPC, Spain
  • Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics, USA
  • David Hayes, Simula Research Labs, Norway
  • Marco Bonola, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Yuefeng Wang, Akamai, USA
  • David Hutchinson, Lancaster University, UK
  • Torsten Braun, Universitat Bern, Switzerland
  • Miquel Tarzan, Fundació i2CAT, Spain
  • Jairo López, Waseda University, Japan
  • Neil Davies, Predictable Network Solutions, UK
  • Peter Thompson, Predictable Network Solutions, UK
  • Miguel Ponce de Leon, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Anis Laouiti, Telecom SudParis, France
  • Sander Vrijders, VeroTech, Belgium
  • Important dates

    • Paper Submission Due
      November 22, 2019
    • Paper Review Feedback
      December 16, 2019
    • Final Papers Due
      January 13, 2020
    • Conference Date
      February 24-27, 2020