Enhancing the Internet with the CONVERGENCE System

An Information-centric Network Coupled with a Standard Middleware

  • Fernando Almeida
  • Maria Teresa Andrade
  • Nicola Blefari Melazzi
  • Richard Walker
  • Heinrich Hussmann
  • Iakovos S. Venieris

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Fernando Almeida, Teresa Andrade, Nicola Blefari Melazzi, Richard Walker, Heinrich Hussmann, Iakovos S. Venieris
    Pages 1-30
  3. Maria Teresa Andrade, Nicola Blefari Melazzi, Charalampos Patrikakis, Richard Walker
    Pages 31-47
  4. Andrea Detti, Stefano Salsano, Nicola Blefari Melazzi
    Pages 49-72
  5. Angelos-Christos G. Anadiotis, Aziz S. Mousas, Angelo Difino, Charalampos Z. Patrikakis
    Pages 73-102
  6. Helder Castro, Angelo Difino, Giuseppe Tropea, Nicola Blefari Melazzi
    Pages 103-133
  7. Thomas Huebner, Andreas Kohlos, Amit Shrestha, Carsten Rust
    Pages 135-163
  8. Giuseppe Tropea, Giuseppe Bianchi, Nicola Blefari Melazzi, Helder Castro, Leonardo Chiariglione, Angelo Difino et al.
    Pages 165-195
  9. Panagiotis Gkonis, Heinrich Hussmann, Alina Hang, Evgeniya Ivanova, Sam Habibi Minelli, Daniel Sequeira et al.
    Pages 197-222
  10. Sam Habibi Minelli, Andrea de Polo, Giuseppe Tropea, Panagiotis Gkonis, Alina Hang, Mihai Tanase et al.
    Pages 223-262
  11. Nicola Blefari Melazzi, Teresa Andrade, Richard Walker, Leonardo Chiariglione, Iakovos S. Venieris, Heinrich Hussmann
    Pages 263-266
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 267-275

About this book


Convergence proposes the enhancement of the Internet with a novel, content-centric, publish–subscribe service model based on the versatile digital item (VDI): a common container for all kinds of digital content, including digital representations of real-world resources. VDIs will serve the needs of the future Internet, providing a homogeneous method for handling structured information, incorporating security and privacy mechanisms. CONVERGENCE subsumes the following areas of research:

·         definition of the VDI as a new fundamental unit of distribution and transaction;

·         content-centric networking functionality to complement or replace IP-address-based routing;

·         security and privacy protection mechanisms;

·         open-source middleware, including a community dictionary service to enable rich semantic searches;

·         applications, tested under real-life conditions.

This book shows how CONVERGENCE allows publishing, searching and subscribing to any content. Creators can publish their content by wrapping it and its descriptions into a VDI, setting rights for other users to access this content, monitor its use, and communicate with people using it; they may even update or revoke content previously published. Access to content is more efficient, as search engines exploit VDI metadata for indexing, and the network uses the content name to ensure users always access the copy closest to them. Every node in the network is a content cache; handover is easy; multicast is natural; peer-to-peer is built-in; time/space-decoupling is possible. Application developers can exploit CONVERGENCE’s middleware and network without having to resort to proprietary/ad hoc solutions for common/supporting functionality. Operators can use the network more efficiently, better controlling information transfer and related revenues flows. Network design, operation and management are simplified by integrating diverse functions and avoiding patches and stopgap solutions.

Whether as a text for graduate students working on the future of the Internet, or a resource for practitioners providing e-commerce or multimedia services, or scientists defining new technologies, CONVERGENCE will make a valuable contribution to the future shape of the Internet.


Future Network Architectures Information-centric Networks Media Protocols Middleware Services Network Services Versatile Digital Item

Editors and affiliations

  • Fernando Almeida
    • 1
  • Maria Teresa Andrade
    • 2
  • Nicola Blefari Melazzi
    • 3
  • Richard Walker
    • 4
  • Heinrich Hussmann
    • 5
  • Iakovos S. Venieris
    • 6
  1. 1.Telecom and Multimedia DivisionINESC Porto Campus da FEUPPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Telecom and Multimedia DivisionINESC Porto Campus da FEUPPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Ingegneria ElettronicaUniversità degli Studi di Roma Tor VergataRomaItaly
  4. 4.Blue Brain Project, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  5. 5.LMU MedieninformatikMünchenGermany
  6. 6.School of Electrical and Computer EngineNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5373-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5372-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5373-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4862
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4870
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