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Architecture and Design for the Future Internet

4WARD Project

  • Luis M. Correia
  • Henrik Abramowicz
  • Martin Johnsson
  • Klaus Wünstel


  • Topics developed in the book will catch the attention of many of those involved in this area There are still no books addressing these topics, in a joint perspective, hence fills in a gap Written by experts in the field, namely mixing academic and industry, working together in a European project, which is a unique and valuable approach Enables readers to have first hand access to the main results of the project Presents both technical and non-technical perspectives is an added value


Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIX
  2. Luis M. Correia, Henrik Abramowicz, Martin Johnsson, Klaus Wünstel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Martin Johnsson
    Pages 15-27
  4. Jukka Salo, Luis M. Correia
    Pages 29-58
  5. Susana Perez Sanchez, Roland Bless
    Pages 59-87
  6. Holger Karl, Thorsten Biermann, Hagen Woesner
    Pages 89-113
  7. Göran Schultz
    Pages 115-131
  8. Pedro Aranda Gutiérrez, Jorge Carapinha
    Pages 133-150
  9. Daniel Gillblad, Alberto Gonzalez Prieto
    Pages 151-172
  10. Hagen Woesner, Thorsten Biermann
    Pages 173-199
  11. Martin Johnsson, Anna Maria Biraghi
    Pages 225-243
  12. Denis Martin, Martina Zitterbart
    Pages 245-277
  13. Henrik Abramowicz, Klaus Wünstel
    Pages 279-291
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 293-306

About this book


Architecture and Design for the Future Internet addresses the Networks of the Future and the Future Internet, focusing on networks aspects, offering both technical and non-technical perspectives. It presents the main findings of 4WARD (Architecture and Design for the Future Internet), a European Integrated Project within Framework Programme 7, which addressed this area from an innovative approach. Today’s network architectures are stifling innovation, restricting it mostly to the application level, while the need for structural change is increasingly evident. The absence of adequate facilities to design, optimise and interoperate new networks currently forces a convergence to an architecture that is suboptimal for many applications and that cannot support innovations within itself, the Internet. 4WARD overcomes this impasse through a set of radical architectural approaches, built on a strong mobile and wireless background. The main topics addressed by the book are: the improved ability to design inter-operable and complementary families of network architectures; the enabled co-existence of multiple networks on common platforms through carrier-grade virtualisation for networking resources; the enhanced utility of networks by making them self-managing; the increased robustness and efficiency of networks by leveraging diversity; and the improved application support by a new information-centric paradigm in place of the old host-centric approach. These solutions embrace the full range of technologies, from fibre backbones to wireless and sensor networks.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Luis M. Correia
    • 1
  • Henrik Abramowicz
    • 2
  • Martin Johnsson
    • 3
  • Klaus Wünstel
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto Telecomunicacoes, Instituto Superior TecnicoTechnical University of LisbonLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Ericsson ResearchStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Ericsson ABStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Alcatel Lucent Bell LabsStuttgartGermany

About the editors

Luis M. Correia received the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST-TUL (Technical University of Lisbon) in 1991, where he is currently a Professor in Telecommunications, with his work focused in Wireless/Mobile Communications in the areas of propagation, channel characterisation, radio networks, traffic, and services. He has acted as a consultant for Portuguese mobile communications operators and the telecommunications regulator, besides other public and private entities. Besides being responsible for research projects at the national level, he has been active in various ones within European frameworks of RACE, ACTS, IST, ICT and COST (where he also served as evaluator and auditor), having coordinated two COST projects. He has been supervising students at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels, having authored many papers and communications in international journals and conferences, for which he has served also as a reviewer, editor, and board member. He was part of the COST Domain Committee on ICT. He was the Chairman of the Technical Programme Committee of several conferences, namely PIMRC’2002. He is part of the Expert Advisory Group and of the Steering Board of the European eMobility platform, and the Chairman of its Working Group on Applications.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Architecture and Design for the Future Internet
  • Book Subtitle 4WARD Project
  • Editors Luis M. Correia
    Henrik Abramowicz
    Martin Johnsson
    Klaus Wünstel
  • Series Title Signals and Communication Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9345-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3489-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9346-2
  • Series ISSN 1860-4862
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Communications Engineering, Networks
    Information Systems Applications (incl. Internet)
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I have the pleasure to share with you my satisfaction as to the achievements of the EU R&D Project 4WARD. Architecture and Design for the Future Internet details the many unique contributions of the project to the development of a solid scientific basis for the Future Internet. Key amongst its many contributions are those relating to a new architecture framework where mobility, multi-homing and security become an intrinsic part of the network architecture rather than add-on solutions, hence allowing networks to bloom as a family of interoperable networks each complementing each other and each addressing individual requirements such as mobility, QoS, security, resilience, wireless transport and energy-awareness. 4WARD also addressed particularly well the question as to how virtualization can provide an opportunity to roll out new architectures, protocols, and services with network service providers sharing a common physical infrastructure. Tightly coupled to virtualization is network management, where 4WARD has broken new territory by advocating an approach where management functions come as embedded capabilities of devices. 4WARD has gone further than others by recognizing the paradigm shift brought about by the move from a node-centric age to an information-centric age.

The partners and scientific staff of 4WARD are to be congratulated for the work performed and for providing a perfect illustration of how Europe’s commitment and creativity will enable the future.

Dr. Joao Schwarz da Silva, Former Director of DG-INFSO, European Commission (Foreword to the book)