The CableLabs CableHome project has made public an interim specification for Quality of Service (QoS) and also has released its architecture framework technical report (www.cablelabs.com/homenetworks/specifications.html).
"The CableHome architecture framework and QoS specification are two important documents in a series of publications that lay the technical groundwork for the cable industry's direction in the highly-strategic home networking market," says Bernd Lutz, director of CableHome.
CableHome is CableLabs' initiative aimed at "Bringing DOCSIS Home." Built on top of the industry's cable modem infrastructure, CableHome is designed to extend and augment DOCSIS services to devices networked within the home. As a robust, scalable, interoperable, and certified industry solution–unmatched by any other broadband access provider– CableHome brings structure and convenience to the consumer. This easy-to-use solution enables the cable operator to offer a variety of new and compelling services to the networked home. Additional information is available at www.cablehome.com.
The CableHome QoS specification extends the capabilities of DOCSIS and PacketCable QoS functions into the home. It defines a standard signaling and management mechanism for applications to establish and maintain service sessions with different levels of quality across the home network and cable network. PacketCable is developing interoperable interface specs for delivering advanced, real-time multimedia services over two-way cable plant.
The CableHome architecture technical report describes the home and cable infrastructure needed to manage and deliver quality, cable-based services to home networked devices. The architecture is defined to be independent of any particular physical networking technology, and is focused on supplying network management, QoS and security capabilities to the home.