ANTS: A Toolkit for Building and Dynamically Deploying Network Protocols

IEEE OPENARCH'98, San Francisco, CA, April 1998.

Authors

David J. Wetherall, John Guttag, and David L. Tennenhouse,

Abstract

We present a novel approach to building and deploying network protocols. The approach is based on mobile code, demand loading, and caching techniques. The architecture of our system allows new protocols to be dynamically deployed at both routers and end systems, without the need for coordination and without unwanted interaction between co-existing protocols.

In this paper, we describe our architecture and its realization in a prototype implementation. To demonstrate how to exploit our architecture, we present two simple protocols that operate within our prototype to introduce multicast and mobility services into a network that initially lacks them.

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