A brief overview of the NEBULA future internet architecture

Tom Anderson, Ken Birman, Robert Broberg, Matthew Caesar, Douglas Comer, Chase Cotton, Michael J. Freedman, Andreas Haeberlen, Zachary G. Ives, Arvind Krishnamurthy, William Lehr, Boon Thau Loo, David Mazières, Antonio Nicolosi, Jonathan M. Smith, Ion Stoica, Robbert Van Renesse, Michael Walfish, Hakim Weatherspoon, Christopher S. Yoo

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NEBULA is a proposal for a Future Internet Architecture. It is based on the assumptions that: (1) cloud computing will comprise an increasing fraction of the application workload offered to an Internet, and (2) that access to cloud computing resources will demand new architectural features from a network. Features that we have identified include dependability, security, flexibility and extensibility, the entirety of which constitute resilience. NEBULA provides resilient networking services using ultrareliable routers, an extensible control plane and use of multiple paths upon which arbitrary policies may be enforced. We report on a prototype system, Zodiac, that incorporates these latter two features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Extensibility
  • Internet
  • Network architecture
  • Routing
  • Security


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