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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2024-02
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Path-aware web server/proxy deployment and browsing

The WWW SCION project aims to bring innovation to web applications by enabling seamless SCION support to the web ecosystem. SCION is a clean-slate, more secure, and robust path-aware Internet architecture designed to provide route control, fault isolation, and explicit trust information for end-to-end communication. The main outcome of this project will be a full software suite for path-aware web browsing that can be easily adopted by network operators to make their web resources available on the SCION network. To do so, this project will develop (1) a production-grade reverse proxy, which enables web resources to be accessed via SCION, and (2) much improved client-side support. This will have an immediate impact on thousands of users who are already connected to the SCION infrastructure, allowing them to access next-generation network features such as expressing path-selection policies that implement their preferences. For instance, a web user could avoid traversing ASes (Autonomous systems) in certain regions when accessing their e-banking website. Another example from which users may benefit is using distinct paths depending on the web resources. In this case, the server could make use of a high-bandwidth path to increase the throughput when loading a large resource, while it could use a low-latency path for a latency-sensitive resource, e.g., a server control message.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.