Is the internet an unfinished demo? meet RINA!

Eleni Trouva, Eduard Grasa, John Day, Ibrahim Matta, Lubomir T. Chitkushev, Patrick Phelan, Miguel Ponce De Leon, Steve Bunch

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The aim of this paper is to look at the deficiencies of the current Internet architecture, consider a deeper understanding on why the current architecture is failing to provide solutions and contrast the traditional beliefs on networking with new ones, coming from a network architecture based on the fundamentals. First, we briefly introduce the early history of packet-switched networking to provide the reader with background for the discussion that follows. We highlight the main issues that the current Internet faces and expose the architectural decisions that lead to these problems. Next, we present RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture), a network architecture based on fundamentals among which is that networking is interprocess communication and only IPC. We show the fundamental principles from which RINA is derived, the core elements of the architecture and give a simple example of communication. The adoption of RINA as the architecture for the future networks would enable enhanced security, inherent support for quality of service, mobility, multi-homing, offer new market opportunities and decrease the complexity of the current technology by an order of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTERENA Networking Conference 2011
Subtitle of host publication'Enabling Communities', TNC 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event27th Annual TERENA Networking Conference, TNC 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 16 May 201119 May 2011

Publication series

NameTERENA Networking Conference 2011: 'Enabling Communities', TNC 2011


Conference27th Annual TERENA Networking Conference, TNC 2011
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Future internet
  • Naming and addressing
  • Network architecture
  • Recursive internetwork architecture (RINA)


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