Reconciling zero-conf with efficiency in enterprises

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T A conventional enterprise or campus network comprises Ethernet-based IP subnets interconnected by routers. Although each subnet runs with minimal (or zero) configuration by virtue of Ethernet's flat-addressing and self-learning capability, interconnecting subnets at the IP-level introduces significant amount of configuration overhead on both end-hosts and routers. The configuration problem becomes more serious as an enterprise network grows by merging multiple remote sites and by supporting more number of portable end-hosts. Deploying enterprise-wide Ethernet, however, cannot solve this problem because Ethernet bridging does not scale. As an alternative, we propose a scalable and efficient zero-conf architecture (SEIZE) for enterprise networks. SEIZE provides "plug-andplay" capability via flat addressing and allows for scalability and efficiency through a combination of enhanced information dissemination schemes, such as link-state protocols and consistent hashing. SEIZE also supports backward compatibility and partial deployment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of CoNEXT'06 - 2nd Conference on Future Networking Technologies
StatePublished - 2006
Event2nd Conference on Future Networking Technologies, CoNEXT'06 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: Dec 4 2006Dec 7 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of CoNEXT'06 - 2nd Conference on Future Networking Technologies


Other2nd Conference on Future Networking Technologies, CoNEXT'06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Enterprise networking
  • Ethernet
  • IP
  • Zero-configuration


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