Session Aware Flow Specific Network Controlled Interface Selection for multi-homed hosts
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-10
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: In this paper we propose a network-controlled architecture to manage the mobility of multi-homed devices - devices with multiple network interfaces that can independently connect to different networks. The salient features of our approach are that it is session aware, i.e., it enables devices with multiple network interfaces to effectively utilize the individual network interfaces based on the network state and session characteristics without requiring the end user to be actively involved in mobility management decisions. Furthermore, it does so without exposing a user’s location and preferences from the correspondent nodes. Network control using a middle-box as opposed to an end-to-end mechanism ensures fast response, optimal network use, minimal changes to end hosts and support for legacy applications.