A Perspective on Building the Next Generation Public IP Networks

Daniel O. Awduche

Presented at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, September 1999


The next generation public Internet backbones will be networks of unprecedented size and capacity, embodying QoS and traffic engineering constructs, and offering a variety of service level agreements to customers. In this talk we explore some of the fundamental practical issues in building these next generation public IP networks. We survey the requirements and technologies that will form the crucial underpinnings of the emerging infrastructure. We approach this discussion from the viewpoint of a provider of Internet communications services. By doing so, we hope to acquaint the audience with a better understanding of the practical considerations and challenges in the architecture and implementation of the new public packet switched networks.