Information-Centric Networking: Evaluation and Security Considerations
RFC 7945

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Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)                  K. Pentikousis, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7945                                    Travelping
Category: Informational                                        B. Ohlman
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 Ericsson
                                                               E. Davies
                                                  Trinity College Dublin
                                                               S. Spirou
                                                        Intracom Telecom
                                                               G. Boggia
                                                     Politecnico di Bari
                                                          September 2016

 Information-Centric Networking: Evaluation and Security Considerations

Abstract

   This document presents a number of considerations regarding
   evaluating Information-Centric Networking (ICN) and sheds some light
   on the impact of ICN on network security.  It also surveys the
   evaluation tools currently available to researchers in the ICN area
   and provides suggestions regarding methodology and metrics.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Research Task Force
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   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
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   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7945.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Evaluation Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.1.  Topology Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.2.  Traffic Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     2.3.  Choosing Relevant Metrics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
       2.3.1.  Traffic Metrics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       2.3.2.  System Metrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     2.4.  Resource Equivalence and Trade-Offs  . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   3.  ICN Security Aspects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     3.1. Authentication  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.2. Authorization, Access Control, and Logging  . . . . . . . . 18
     3.3. Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     3.4. Changes to the Network Security Threat Model  . . . . . . . 20
   4.  Evaluation Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     4.1.  Open-Source Implementations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     4.2.  Simulators and Emulators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       4.2.1.  ndnSIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       4.2.2.  ccnSIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       4.2.3.  Icarus Simulator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     4.3.  Experimental Facilities  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
       4.3.1.  Open Network Lab (ONL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
       4.3.2.  POINT Testbed  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
       4.3.3.  CUTEi: Container-Based ICN Testbed . . . . . . . . . . 25
   5.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   6.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   Acknowledgments  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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1.  Introduction
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