``Logistical Networking: Sharing More Than the Wires''

Micah Beck, Terry Moore, James S. Plank, and Martin Swany.

In Active Middleware Services, Salim Hariri, Craig A. Lee, and Cauligi S. Raghavendra editors, Kluwer Academic, Norwell, MA, 2000.

Available via anonymous ftp to cs.utk.edu in pub/plank/papers/ActMid.pdf.


Logistical Networking is the global scheduling and optimization of data movement, storage and computation based on a model that takes into account all the network's underlying physical resources. In this paper we contrast Logistical and Active Networking as approaches to flexible implementations of advanced network protocols. We describe the Internet Backplane Protocol, a simple mechanism we have devised for experimentation with Logistical Networking, and describe some applications which can take particular advantage of the way that Logistical Networking exposes resources direcly as network services.

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