As part of a broader organisational restructure, data networking research at Swinburne University of Technology has moved from the Centre for Advanced Internet Architecture (CAIA) to the Internet For Things (I4T) Research Lab.

Although CAIA no longer exists, this website reflects CAIA's activities and outputs between March 2002 and February 2017, and is being maintained as a service to the broader data networking research community.

Next GENeration transport protocol research program (NGEN)


NGEN (pronounced "engine") is an umbrella research program encompassing a number of collaborative projects between CAIA, industry and other research institutions. NGEN's broad goal is the design, analysis and prototyping of next generation transport protocols for the Internet. In particular we are interested in the creation of a new TCP that can operate effectively across paths having wide dynamic range of latency, loss and available bandwidth.

TCP is constantly being refined and re-designed, usually for specific and well defined target problems (such as bulk data transfer over long, high bandwidth and relatively loss free links). NGEN will eventually be home to a number of projects, including ones that will:

  • Create new theoretical understandings of leading next generation TCP algorithms
  • Experimentally evaluate performance characteristics under heterogeneous scenarios
  • Create and publish interoperable open-source implementations of a candidate next generation TCP algorithm
  • Define a suite of generic test-cases for comparing and contrasting the suitability of different next generation TCP algorithms

NGEN projects will be undertaken collaboratively with researchers from other institutions and with direct industry support.


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