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ENABLE - Enabling efficient and operational mobility and large heterogeneous IP networks

Staff: Mayutan Arumaithurai, Jan Demter, Xiaoming Fu, Ingo Juchem, Fang-Chun Kuo, Deguang Le, Jun Lei, Henning Peters, Niklas Steinleitner, Hannes Tschofenig, Swen Weiland, Xiaodong Yang
Project Partners: Telecom Italia, Consulintel, Siemens, IABG, Brunel U., Huawei, U. Murcia, Waterford Institute of Technology
Sponsors(s): European Commission 6th Framework Program (FP6)

EU FP6 IST funded Specific Targeted Research Project. The goal of ENABLE is to research, develop, test, integrate and evaluate mechanisms and technologies for the deployment of efficient and operational mobility as a service in large scale IPv6 network environments, taking into account also the transition scenario from IPv4.

ENABLE - Enabling efficient and operational mobility and large heterogeneous IP networks

The goal of ENABLE is to research, develop, test, integrate and evaluate mechanisms and technologies for the deployment of efficient and operational mobility as a service in large scale IPv6 network environments, taking into account also the transition scenario from IPv4. From its ever preparation and set up in 2005, Prof. Dr. Xiaoming Fu is the founder, scientific leader and steering committee member of the whole ENABLE project.

ENABLE concentrates in the following main areas of work:

  • enhancement of Mobile IPv6 to enable, in the medium term, the offering of transparent terminal mobility in large operational networks including multiple administrative domains, heterogeneous access technologies and a rapidly growing number of users. This activity will address outstanding Mobile IPv6 issues like service authorization and bootstrapping, interworking with IPv4, coexistence with IPv6 middleboxes (e.g., firewalls) and protocol reliability;
  • enrichment of the basic mobility service provided by Mobile IPv6 with a set of additional features, enabling the on-demand activation and autoconfiguration of specific "premium" network features (e.g., multi-homing, QoS, fast handovers) based on the operator policies and customers profiles;
  • analysis of goals and design principles for the evolution beyond Mobile IPv6 in the long term. This activity will investigate on scalability and performance issues that Mobile IPv6 might raise when the vast majority of Internet nodes will become mobile, introducing the requirement for a highly efficient treatment of traffic generated on the move. Moreover, promising, but not yet fully understood, mobility management alternatives (e.g., Host Identity Protocol) will be assessed, with the objective to identify possible strategies for their smooth deployment starting from an architecture based on Mobile IPv6.

ENABLE operates in close relation with IETF, IRTF and other relevant standardization fora (e.g., 3GPP), in order to ensure that the solutions developed by the project are in line with the architectural principles devised by the Internet community and can get possibly standardized.

In ENABLE we are leading the following activities:
  • WP2: Making Mobile IPv6 environment friendly
  • A2.1: Firewall traversal
  • A5.2: Future mobility architectural impacts and smooth deployment
  • ENABLE QoS architecture - pull model
We are the responsible editor for the following deliverables:
  • D2.1.1: Initial results on middlebox traversal
  • D2.1.2: Final results on middlebox traversal
  • D5.2: Final evaluation of the state of the art mobile IPv6 alternative, analysis of architectural impacts and description of possible deployment strategies
In addition, we are also a key contributor to the following activities and corresponding deliverables:
  • WP0: Project management
    • D0.1 Final project report
  • WP1: Operational Mobile IPv6 architecture
    • A1.1 Requirements and scenarios
    • A1.2 Architecture
    • D1.1 Requirements, operational scenarios and initial architecture
    • D1.3 Final operational architecture
  • WP4: Enabling advanced mobility features
    • A4.2 Advanced network services
    • A4.3 Mobility optimizations
    • D4.2 Service authorization and control for QoS and multihoming
    • D4.3 Service authorization and control for fast/smart handover
  • WP5: Emerging mobility approaches
    • A5.1 Technology assessment
    • D5.1 Initial evaluation of state of the art Mobile IPv6 alternatives
  • WP6: Integration and validation
    • A6.1 Case study
    • A6.2 Prototyping
    • A6.3 Network integration and trials
    • A6.4 Validation and verification
    • D6.1 Report on case studies and initial prototypes
    • D6.2 Report on final prototypes, network integration and validation
  • WP7: Dissemination, clustering/liaison and standardization
    • A7.1 Dissemination
    • A7.2 Clustering and liaison
    • A7.3 Standardization
    • A7.4 Exploitation
    • D7.1 Project presentation
    • D7.2 Plan for using and dissemination knowledge
    • D7.3 Report on raising public participation and awareness

Moreover, we are a key member of the design team for IETF Mobile IPv6 firewall traversal and Next Steps in Signaling (NSIS) protocols. We have contributed a number of standards to the Internet community, including (but not limited to):

  • J. Korhonen,  H. Tschofenig, M. Arumaithurai, M. Jones, A. Lior, Quality of Service Attributes for Diameter, Internet draft (draft-ietf-dime-qos-attributes-09), IETF Diameter Maintenance and Extensions (DIME) Working Group, Dec 2008
  • T. Sanda, X. Fu, S. Jeong, J. Manner, and H. Tschofenig, Applicability Statement of NSIS Protocols in Mobile Environments, Internet draft (draft-ietf-nsis-applicability-mobility-signaling-11.txt), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Next Steps in Signaling (NSIS) Working Group, Nov 2008
  • S. Krishnan, N. Steinleitner,  Y. Qiu, G. Bajko, Guidelines for firewall administrators regarding MIPv6 traffic, Internet draft (draft-ietf-mext-firewall-admin-00), IETF Mobility EXTensions for IPv6 (MEXT) Working Group, Oct 2008.
  • S. Krishnan, Y. Sheffer, N. Steinleitner,  G. Bajko, Guidelines for firewall vendors regarding MIPv6 traffic, Internet draft (draft-ietf-mext-firewall-vendor-00), IETF Mobility EXTensions for IPv6 (MEXT) Working Group, Oct 2008
  • S. Thiruvengadam, H. Tschofenig, F. Le, N. Steinleitner, and X. Fu, Mobile IPv6 - NSIS Interaction for Firewall Traversal, Internet draft (draft-thiruvengadam-nsis-mip6-fw-06.txt), Internet Engineering Task Force, March 2007
  • X. Fu, J. Loughney, and H. Peters, Context Transfer Using GIST, Internet draft, Internet Engineering Task Force, March 2006
The ENABLE project has been successfully concluded in February 2008 with excellent appreciation from the European Commission. See news in Computer Networks Group and the news of the University press office; as well as another related project press release.

Some conferences related to ENABLE:

  • IEEE Global Internet 2007: submission deadline: 05.02.07, conference: May 11-12, 2007, Anchorage, AK, USA (at INFOCOM'07).
  • ACM MOBICOM 2007: submission deadline: 02.03.2007, conference: Sept 9-14, 2007, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • ACM SIGCOMM 2007: submission deadline: 31.01.07, conference: August 27-31, 2007, Kyoto, Japan
  • ACM MobiArch 2007: submission deadline: 27.03.07, conference: August 27, 2007, Kyoto, Japan (at SIGCOMM'07)
  • ACM/IEEE Mobiquitous 2007: submission deadline: 20.03.2007, conference: August 6-10, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • IEEE GLOBECOM 2007: submission deadline: 15.03.2007, conference: Nov 26-30, 2007, Washington DC, USA
  • IEEE ICC 2008: May 19-23, 2008, Beijing, China
  • IEEE INFOCOM 2008: Apr 13-19, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • IEEE WCNC 2008: Mar 30-Apr 3, 2008, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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2011
NSIS Protocol Operation in Mobile Environments, Takako Sanda, Xiaoming Fu, Seong-Ho Jeong, Jukka Manner, and Hannes Tschofenig, Internet Engineering Task Force, RFC 5980, Next Steps in Signaling (NSIS) Working Group, ISSN: 2070-1721, March 2011.
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2010
A Cross-Layer Approach for Improving TCP Performance in Mobile Environments, Deguang Le, Xiaoming Fu, and Dieter Hogrefe, Wireless Personal Communications, 52(3): 669-692, Springer Verlag, ISSN 0929-6212, February 2010.
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2008
Implications and Control of Middleboxes in the Internet, Xiaoming Fu, Martin Stiemerling, and Henning Schulzrinne, IEEE Network, Special Issue on Implications and Control of Middleboxes in the Internet, September 2008.
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Evaluating the benefits of introducing PMIPv6 for localized mobility management, Jun Lei, and Xiaoming Fu, in the Proceedings of International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference 2008 (IWCMC 2008), Crete, Greece, Pages 74-80, IEEE, August 2008.
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2007
An NSIS-based Approach for Firewall Traversal in Mobile IPv6 Networks, Niklas Steinleitner, Xiaoming Fu, Dieter Hogrefe, Thomas Schreck, and Hannes Tschofenig, Third Annual International Wireless Internet Conference (WICON 2007), Austin, Texas, USA, ACM Press, October 2007.
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Evaluating the Benefits of Introducing PMIPv6 for Localized Mobility Management, Jun Lei, and Xiaoming Fu, Technical Report No. IFI-TB-2007-02, Institute of Computer Science, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany, ISSN 1611-1044, June 2007.
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ENABLE QoS Services for Large Operational IP Mobility Networks, Ivano Guardini, and Xiaoming Fu, Presented at the 1st OpenNet Workshop, Brussels, Belgium, March 2007.

E2T: End-to-End Tunnelling Extension to Mobile IPv6, Deguang Le, Xiaoming Fu, Xiaoyuan Gu, and Dieter Hogrefe, in Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC 2007), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, IEEE Communications Society, January 2007.
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2006
A Review of Mobility Support Paradigms for the Internet, Deguang Le, Xiaoming Fu, and Dieter Hogrefe, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, Volume 8, No. 1, First Quarter, pages 38-51, IEEE, ISSN 1553-877X, 2006.
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2005
Enabling Mobile IPv6 in Operational Environments, Xiaoming Fu, Hannes Tschofenig, Srinath Thiruvengadam, and Wenbing Yao, in: Pascal Lorenz (ed), Proceedings of the 10th IFIP International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications (PWC 2005), Colmar, France, pp. 365-372, Imperial College Press, ISBN 1-86094-582-1, August 2005.
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A Review of Mobility Support Paradigms for the Internet, Deguang Le, Xiaoming Fu, and Dieter Hogrefe, Technical Report No. IFI-TB-2005-01, Institute of Computer Science, University of Göttingen, ISSN 1611-1044, January 2005.
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