IP protection




Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
In the past, the use of stateful approaches have not been considered a viable solution for resource booking. This is the reason why the routers are not using booking techniques nowadays. On the other hand, the increasing demand for video streaming capabilities over the Internet is well known (see Youtube). That kind of applications are requesting a certain minimum bandwidth during a well defined period of time. In that context, the possibility of booking the bandwidth along the data path is something very useful.






What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
In substance, the deployed routers are not implementing booking techniques and that is sometimes determining a not satisfactory quality of service perceived from the user. Moreover, from the viewpoint of the carrier, the  congestion avoidance is made easier using adaptive booking techniques which, for example, deny the request of a content if a certain minimum bandwidth is not bookable. In that cases, also potentially failing retries are avoided giving the benefit of decreasing, once again, the probability of congestion.  In fact, streams with lack of bandwidth are often abandoned by the users in a background window creating useless network traffic and with a further penalization of the QoS.

In few words, users, carriers and content providers may benefit from resource booking.

Currently, the problem is not addressed with booking techniques but merely by congestion control techniques.




What is the potential for further research?
Starting from the current work, there are many possibilities for further research.

The algorithm is potentially applicable in other fields e.g. in the network management systems that use a distributed control system based on state information present in the network nodes.

From the standardization viewpoint, the integration in existing protocol may be investigated.

With the target of high performance routers, the algorithm may be implemented in hardware.





What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The IPR protection covered by a national patent and PCT application is in progress.







What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
The estimated cost for the PCT application in the main countries is around 20 k€.





What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The R&D results considered has to be integrated in a network component to become a commercial product. From the scientific viewpoint,  it can be stated that the concept has been proved. The two possible challenges are: an engineering effort to make the result something that can be sold in a product; releasing the IP to a manufacturer which adopts  the algorithm in his products.







Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Scientific maturity         X
Synergies     X    
State-of-the-art/innovation       X  
IPR-potential       X  




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