FIA session VIII: Search as an architectural component

Search as an architectural component

Session Description

As the FIA activities evolve, it turns out that there are going to be different strata that support the Future Internet. A very basic (and not formative) categorization might be:

  • Network Stratum. This stratum is the one closest to the physical network nodes. It support all the self-* network related requirements.
  • Services Stratum. This stratum supportsthe services related requirements.
  • Content Stratum. This stratum supports the content delivery requirements.
  • Information/Applications Stratum. This stratum combines and coordinates the rest stratums in order to provide handle the information/applications.

All these stratums have different types of resources and also virtual representations. At the network stratum, we may consider as resources the nodes themselves (e.g. routers, servers, printers, terminals, etc.), their physical characteristics (e.g. processing power, network interfaces, routing capabilities, memory, caching capabilities, traffic, etc.). At the Service stratum, we may consider the services, the service components and their APIs and interfaces as resources. At the Content Stratum, the different types of content (e.g. text, pictures, voice, video of different types and formats, slices and sub) can be considered as resources. Finally, any piece of information or any application may also be considered as a resource.

In addition different physical resources and virtual resources would need to grouped and managed separately based on assurable qualities attached to the resources. The assurable resources do not necessarily correspond to administrative, topological, or geographical domains. This would take into account concerns such as confidentiality, availability, integrity, reliability, and safety; they can be used to enable collaborative groups of consumers to exchange information in pursuit of shared interests, services, or business processes.

These FI resources need to be: Described (consistently and uniformly), Discovered (efficiently), Managed (smartly) and Utilised (optimally). All fourdimensions of this DDMU model need further description, analysis and unification.  New Systems based on the DDMU model will be explored focussing on discovery and management.

This topic is really a cross-topic that includes the architecture session, the MANA, the FISO and the FCN sessions. Moreover, especially in the discovery aspect, trust and identity are very important issues.

Structure and format of the session

8:30 Introduction on resource architectures, functionality and environments (5 minutes)

8:35 Four speakers on (15 minutes each)

  • Resources description and searching on network stratum
    • Resources description and searching on services stratum
    • Resources description and searching on content stratum
    • Virtual Resources and searching

9:35 Panel discussion (25 minutes)


Caretakers: Th. Zahariadis, J. Domingue, P. Daras, A. Galis

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