Gearing up for the 21 st century space race

Debopam Bhattacherjee, Waqar Aqeel, Ilker Nadi Bozkurt, Anthony Aguirre, Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran, P. Brighten Godfrey, Gregory Laughlin, Bruce Maggs, Ankit Singla

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Abstract

A new space race is imminent, with several industry players working towards satellite-based Internet connectivity. While satellite networks are not themselves new, these recent proposals are aimed at orders of magnitude higher bandwidth and much lower latency, with constellations planned to comprise thousands of satellites. These are not merely far future plans - the first satellite launches have already commenced, and substantial planned capacity has already been sold. It is thus critical that networking researchers engage actively with this research space, instead of missing what may be one of the most significant modern developments in networking. In our first steps in this direction, we find that this new breed of satellite networks could potentially compete with today's ISPs in many settings, and in fact offer lower latencies than present fiber infrastructure over long distances. We thus elucidate some of the unique challenges these networks present at virtually all layers, from topology design and ISP economics, to routing and congestion control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages113-119
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361200
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2018
Event17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2018 - Redmond, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2018Nov 16 2018

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NameHotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks

Other

Other17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2018
CountryUnited States
CityRedmond
Period11/15/1811/16/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Bhattacherjee, D., Aqeel, W., Bozkurt, I. N., Aguirre, A., Chandrasekaran, B., Godfrey, P. B., Laughlin, G., Maggs, B., & Singla, A. (2018). Gearing up for the 21 st century space race In HotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (pp. 113-119). (HotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3286062.3286079