Clean Slate Program
The Clean Slate Program was an interdisciplinary research program at Stanford University which considered how the Internet could be redesigned with a "clean slate", without the accumulated complexity of existing systems but using the experience gained in their decades of development. Its program director was Nick McKeown.
Clean Slate was based on the belief that the current Internet has significant deficiencies that need to be solved before it can become a unified global communication infrastructure, and that the Internet's shortcomings will not be resolved by the conventional incremental and backward-compatible style of academic and industrial networking research.
The research program focused on unconventional, bold, and long-term research that tries to break the network's ossification. To this end, the program was characterized by two research questions:
- "With what we know today, if we were to start again with a clean slate, how would we design a global communications infrastructure?"
- "How should the Internet look in upcoming 15 years?"
Program coordinators identified five key areas for research:
- Network architecture
- Heterogeneous applications
- Heterogeneous physical-layer technologies
- Economics and policy
- Internet Infrastructure: OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking
- Mobile Internet: POMI 2020
- Mobile Social Networking: MobiSocial
- Data Center: Stanford Experimental Data Center Lab
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