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February 19, 2013

Latency is a pain, and these researchers say they have the cure

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by David Meyer, GigaOm

An EU-funded research project aims to re-engineer the TCP protocol, as well as the way routers work – and all without the need to replace expensive internet infrastructure. There are two main things that can cause a real-time web service to be not-so-real-time: insufficient bandwidth and excessive latency. Bandwidth is an ISP issue, but latency — the time it takes for your computer to contact a server and/or get a response — is largely down to the way the internet is engineered. So a team of researchers from around Europe, with some help from the European Commission, Alcatel-Lucent and BT, is aiming to revise a standard data-transport protocol to effectively re-engineer how the internet runs — without the need for pricey new equipment.

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