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ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN 2017), Berlin

September 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Half-Day Tutorial: Community Information-Centric Networking (

Presented by community members from Cisco

CICN is part of the open source project in the Linux Foundation. Participation in is based on active involvement of individuals to software development and testing.

The project scope includes CCN network architecture implementation: packet processing as well as network socket API. Packet processing will be made available through two main forwarders one based on the Vector Packet Processing (VPP) framework and one based on sockets to deploy CCN in non VPP environments. The project will focus on the CCNx 1.0 specification as a reference implementation, but able to evolve by keeping track of the work done in IRTF ICN research group. While the main focus is on VPP plugin, the socket based forwarder will be used to enable end-to-end chains testing, supporting end devices that do not support VPP. Moreover, for the VPP forwarder, CCNx 1.0 packets will be transported using IPv4, IPv6, Ethernet and WiFi encapsulation.

The objective of the tutorial is to make the audience familiar with the CICN project and make the ICN community being able to use the available software for experimental research, demonstrations, proofs of concepts and more.

The tutorial targets both software developers as well as software users. Software developers will learn the continuous integration facility available in the Linux foundation as well as the project governance to directly contribute to the software development and testing.

The CICN project has been launched in March 2017 and the ICN community attending the ACM ICN conference can take advantage of the tutorial to gain the basic knowledge to get advantage of the CICN project.

The main objective of this tutorial is to let researchers, students, software developers, network experimenters to be quickly able to use the software for their own needs. The attendee at the end of the tutorial should be able to perform the following tasks with CICN:

  • Understand Vector Packet Processing;
  • Write applications that make use of the consumer/producer socket API;
  • Deploy a network testbed made of several components such as software routers in Linux containers, end-points such as data producers and consumers, collect network analytics;


September 26, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm