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A Light-Weight Forwarding Plane for  Content-Centric Networks 


We present CCN-DART, a more efficient  forwarding approach for content-centric networking (CCN) than named data networking (NDN)  that substitutes Pending Interest Tables (PIT) with Data Answer Routing  Tables (DART) and uses a novel approach to eliminate forwarding loops. The forwarding state required  at each router using  CCN-DART consists of segments of the routes between consumers and content providers that traverse a content router, rather than the Interests that the router forwards towards content providers. Accordingly, the size of a DART is proportional to the number of routes used by Interests traversing a router, rather than the number of Interests traversing a router.  We show that CCN-DART avoids forwarding loops by comparing distances to name prefixes reported by neighbors, even when routing loops exist.  Results of simulation experiments comparing  CCN-DART with NDN  using the ndnSIM  simulation tool show that CCN-DART   incurs 10 to 20 times less  storage overhead.

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