Friday, 10 December 2004

Internet Zero

The "next big thing". Pushing the Internet down to small devices.

To quote MIT:

"Internet 0 is an experiment at networking at the ultra-lightweight scale. Instead of relying on the architectural notions of Internet 1 with its routing, its servers, and its layered network stacks -- we are toying with very small, cheap, and simple ways to bring Internet Protocols all the way to the physical interface.

This research is characterized by 7 core lessons

* IP to leaf nodes
* Bit sizes larger than network sizes
* Shared analog modulation
* Peers don't require servers
* Physical programming interfaces
* Compiled specifications of layering
* Open standards"


-- Giving everyday objects the ability to connect to a data network would have a range of benefits: making it easier for homeowners to configure their lights and switches, reducing the cost of complexity of building construction, assisting with home health care. Many alternative standards currently compete to do just that - a situation reminiscent of the early days of the Internet, when computers and networks came in multiple incompatibly types.

-- To eliminate this technological Tower of Babel, the data protocol that is at the heart of the Internet can be adopted to represent information in whatever form it takes: pulsed eclectically, flashed optically, clicked acoustically, broadcast electromagnetically or printed mechanically.

-- Using this Internet-0 encoding, the original idea of linking computer networks into a seamless whole – the Inter” in “Internet” can be extended to networks of all types of devices, a concept know as interdevice internetworking."

- Frank Coluccio


The October 2004 issue of Scientific American Magazine is the thing to check out.

***Imported from old blog***

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