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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 10, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-is-infrastructure dept.

From Spiked:

If life ever returns to normal, one thing no one will miss from the lockdown era is the 'TV goldfish'. For over a year, we've watched the disembodied, pixelated faces of contributors to live TV mouth their words out of sync with their audio, gulping away as if in a private fish tank. This isn't the exception for internet video, it's the norm.

John Day is one of the internet's greybeard founding fathers. For a decade he has been advancing a set of improvements to the current mainstream internet protocols. His proposals – called RINA (Recursive Internetwork Architecture) – revisit and build on Louis Pouzin's founding concept of datagrams (data packets). Simplifying these features allowed the original inter-networking protocols (IP) to get out of the door in the 1980s and 1990s, and allowed for the rapid growth of the internet. But the current system we have – TCP/IP – is holding back new innovation.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Thursday June 10, @02:10PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday June 10, @02:10PM (#1143884)

    The summary makes it sound like IP is broken... to me it's more in the higher layers.

    If you can have an HTML5 audio-video solution that handles its own data in UDP, and doesn't cram a bunch of unwanted stuff onto the channel with your desired stream - that should be good enough.

    If I recall correctly, we've had fairly solid audio-video capability for ~15 years now, at least if you had the best gear and connections 15 years ago - today just about everybody's in-home WiFi outperforms all but the best professional office connections from 2006.

    Reworking the infrastructure will only dodge the problems with the current system temporarily, all the same crap is going to crawl into the new infrastructure in a short time and that brilliant improvement demonstrated at rollout will melt away to resemble what we have today.

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