1st International ICST Workshop on Technologies for Situated and Autonomic Communications

Research Article

BIONETS Architecture: from Networks to SerWorks

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        author={Francesco De Pellegrini and Daniele Miorandi and David Linner and Laszlo Bacsardi and Corrado Moiso},
        title={BIONETS Architecture: from Networks to SerWorks},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Technologies for Situated and Autonomic Communications},
        keywords={networking framework opportunistic networking serviceoriented networking  serworks},
  • Francesco De Pellegrini
    Daniele Miorandi
    David Linner
    Laszlo Bacsardi
    Corrado Moiso
    Year: 2008
    BIONETS Architecture: from Networks to SerWorks
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.BIONETICS2007.2429
Francesco De Pellegrini1,*, Daniele Miorandi1,*, David Linner2,*, Laszlo Bacsardi3,*, Corrado Moiso4,*
  • 1: CREATE-NET via alla Cascata, 56/C 38100 — Povo, Trento (Italy)
  • 2: Technische Universität Berlin Franklinstr. 28/29 10587 — Berlin (Germany)
  • 3: Budapest University of Technology and Economics Department of Telecommunications Magyar tudosok krt 2., 1111 Budapest (Hungary)
  • 4: Telecom Italia via Reiss Romoli, 274 10148 — Torino (Italy)
*Contact email: francesco.depellegrini@create-net.org, daniele.miorandi@create-net.org, david.linner@tu-berlin.de, bacsardi@hit.bme.hu, corrado.moiso@telecomitalia.it


This paper presents the networking framework as conceived within the European project BIONETS. The case for such a framework comes from the idea of a Disappearing Network" paradigm. In the disappearing network, the network ceases to exist as an independent entity and becomes an appendix of the distributed services running on user devices. The overall BIONETS system exploits the presence of embedded devices to provide context-awareness and leverages peer-topeer interactions among mobile devices in order to ensure system-wide dissemination of data and services. Some of the current networking solutions developed within the project are also presented, highlighting the use of bio-inspired techniques and tools. The paper presents then a frst version of the SerWorks architecture, which takes a unifying view on networks and services. In SerWorks, the network becomes a set of particular services, aimed at general connectivity purposes, which can be created and modifed at runtime in order to accommodate for specifc system conditions and higher-level constraints.