It is kind of rare to meet your hero in person. Rarer yet is to be able to work with your hero on a regular basis.
So, it is a pretty mind blowing for me to say that I sit only a few doors down from Van Jacobson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Jacobson) who is the primary contributor to TCP/IP which in term provides the foundation for internet as we know it today.
Content Centric Networking (CCN)
Van is leading the effort for content centric networking (CCN). This is a high level talk that he gave a while back that explains what he has in mind.
CCN for the rest of us
Naturally, if you are not fully conversant with the 7 layers of network protocol hierarchy, e.g. business development folks like me, too need an answer on what is CCN.
This is what I say, we are working on the next generation of internet. :-p!
I hope to explore the roadmap and implications of CCN in periodic entries. Suffices to say, the CCN group is very busy at work right now.