ZINK: An efficient information centric networking utilizing layered network architecture

Takao Kondo, Shuto Yoshihara, Kunitake Kaneko, Fumio Teraoka

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This paper argues that a layered approach is more suitable for Information CentricNetworking (ICN) than a narrow-waist approach and proposes an ICN mechanism called ZINK. In ZINK, a location-independent content name is resolved to a list of node IDs of content servers in the application layer and a node ID is mapped to a node locator in the network layer, which results in scalable locator-based routing. An ID/Locator split approach in the network layer can efficiently support client/serever mobility. Efficient content transfer is achieved by using sophisticated functions in the transport layer such as multipath transfer for bandwidth aggregation or fault tolerance. Existing well-tuned congestion control in the transport layer achieves fairness not only among ICN flows but also among ICN flows and other flows. A proof-of concept prototype of ZINK is implemented on an IPv6 stack. Evaluation results show that the time for content finding is practical, efficient content transfer is possible by using multipath transfer, and the mobility support mechanism is scalable as shown in a nationwide experiment environment in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1853-1865
Number of pages13
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug


  • Future internet architecture
  • Information centric networking
  • New generation network
  • ZINK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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