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February 16, 2009

The Internet: Scrap It and Start Again?

New York Times technology writer John Markoff muses about whether we need a new Internet. According to security experts, the old one is about as effective at keeping out the bad guys as France’s Maginot Line fortifications proved to be in World War II, when German forces cracked it with an airborne assault on the supposedly impenetrable defences of Fort Eben-Emael.

Today’s Internet isn’t all that friendly to mobile communications either, and there are all sorts of as-yet-unimagined online enterprises that could be given a spur if we did a complete re-think.

That’s why researchers at Stanford University, Deutsche Telekom and NEC have formed the Stanford Clean Slate laboratory. The idea is to “slide” the new technology under the existing infrastructure.

The lab is working on speedier protocols like Rate Control Protocol, which tackles congestion to allow faster download times, Open Flow, anti-phishing browser extensions, Programmable Virtual Infrastructure for Virtual Worlds, better wireless spectrum usage, Ethane (new gasoline for enterprise network security),and  Fast Dynamic Optical Light Paths for the Internet core.

Independently, Australian researchers working under Professor Ben Eggleton at CUDOS on a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that can increase Internet speeds 60 times and act as traffic monitors, announced yesterday that the highly-energy-efficient thumbnail-sized chip would cost around $100 and have a lifespan of about 10 years.


Posted by cw at February 16, 2009 02:01 PM

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The browser is going to be the OS of Web 2.0 and beyond. How can Google let someone else have control of the market without making any effort to enter it. But this is definitely a project which has been very successful in keeping itself secret. Everybody knew about Gphone http://www.frogmix.com/search/Gphone before Andriod was released . But chrome was nowhere to be heard of before Philipp Lensenn received the comic book.

Posted by: dinart at May 28, 2009 07:39 PM