Seminar - Future Internet Protocols: Design Principles and Deployment

Vaibhav Bajpai, Ljubica Kärkkäinen

There is a constant demand for the Internet to function better, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of being more secure, scalable and highly reliable. Towards this end, new protocol design proposals are proposed across multiple layers of networking abstraction to allow the Internet to evolve to sustain these growing needs. In this seminar, we will explore such recent efforts in protocol designs (network layer and above) and the qualitative benefits these proposals bring on top of the existing Internet architecture. We will also study the state of their deployment, the roadblocks that may hinder their adoption on the Internet and real-world evaluations that quantify the improvements with existing protocols.

(Recommended) requirements:

The participants should be already prepared by an undergraduate-level course on computer networks. Familiarity with networking tools used for performance evaluation may be beneficial.

Relevant Conferences: 

  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
  • ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
  • USENIX Networked System Design and Implementation
  • Internet Engineering Task Force
  • Internet Protocol Journal

Pre-course Meeting:

Wednesday: 05.07.2017 (16:00 - 17:00) in Room 01.07.023. Slides


The topics of interest include (but are not limited) to the following:







Congestion Control and Loss Recovery 




Learning outcomes (study goals):

The topics covered in this seminar revolve around novel network protocols and architectures. The papers will give students the technical knowledge and understanding on the latest advancements in the field of emerging networking protocol solutions. The participants will also learn how to critically read and discuss research papers. This will be achieved by reviewing papers individually, and actively participating in group discussions during the seminar presentations. Students will also have the opportunity to advance their soft skills through presentation and session moderation. Participants will learn how to act as a chair of a session. Presentations will involve learning to not only stay within time limits but also to appreciate the Q/A session.


Detailed goals of the seminar

Specifically, after the seminar, the student should be able to: -

  • Understand the need for new Internet architectures, protocols considered.
  • Explain the technical detail[s] of the discussed protocols and frameworks.
  • Discuss design principles and the performance of the presented solutions.
  • Understand the importance of peer review and be able to conduct such process independently.
  • Present research in a concise way and within the allotted time (conference-style settings)


Teaching and learning methods: 

  1. A written paper review before the presentation (20% grade)
  2. Weekly presentations during the semester (70% grade)
  3. Group discussions (10% grade)

Each participant presents 1 paper during the seminar. See for example student presentations. To ensure everybody has read the paper, participants that witness the presentation are required to hand in a review of the paper (review form will be provided) being presented. The answers to the review forms should be brief and concise. An email with filled out review form to us (see below for contact details) would do. Internet Measurement Conference made reviews for accepted papers public for the 2012 and 2013 programmes which can be used to get an impression of a paper review. Paper allocations will be done on a best-effort basis, based on preferences (favorite 2-3 topics) solicited over email during the semester. A topic will be randomly assigned if no preference is sent. The first seminar course slot (TBD) will be used to set the agenda for the seminar.


Review Form:

The review form will be made available at the start of the semester.


Further Reading



  • Vaibhav Bajpai <>
  • Ljubica Kärkkäinen <>