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Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch

Government and university researchers have been exploring ways to redesign the Internet from scratch. Some of the challenges that led researchers to start thinking of clean-slate approaches… Researchers are questioning whether all devices truly need addresses. Perhaps sensors in a home could talk to one another locally and relay the most important data through a gateway bearing an address. This way, routers wouldn't have to keep track of every single sensor, improving efficiency.

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Re: Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch Dave Zan  –  Apr 13, 2007 5:10 PM PST

While the technical challenges are there, it's the politics that's the real challenge.

Re: Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch The Famous Brett Watson  –  Apr 13, 2007 6:16 PM PST

And not only the politics, but also the practicalities. Even if you could design a much better Internet from scratch, would it be worth anyone's while to actually deploy it? It usually takes a "killer app." or a factor-of-N improvement to overcome deployment inertia. Most protocol designs simply don't admit a factor-of-N improvement: that's usually reserved for hardware improvements. (The factor-of-N increase in address space between IPv4 and IPv6 fails to impress, because the net practical benefits are fairly small.)

Re: Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch Kieren McCarthy  –  Apr 16, 2007 12:13 AM PST

I agree with Brett - look at the problems there are with getting people to move to IPv6 and that has very clear advantages. I think you can only really build on top of the Internet at this moment in time.

That said, the Net never fails to amaze me. All you need is some system to make it easy to shift and then an amazing leap in technology to encourage people to bother. However whenever anyone says that they *plan* to make a particular change, that's when I become sceptical. That suggests that people's ideas are correct from the start — and they never are. For example, Google initially planned to make *all* its money from selling search technology to businesses for internal use.

Kieren

Re: Researchers Explore Redesigning Internet Infrastructure from Scratch Martin Hannigan  –  Apr 18, 2007 6:35 AM PST

I agree with Brett - look at the problems there are with getting people to move to IPv6 and that has very clear advantages.

Why should anyone move to IPV6? What's wrong with IPV4?

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