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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 10 2021, @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.

See also: Internet outage illustrates lack of resilience at heart of critical services
The Guardian view on the internet outage: we need resilience, not just efficiency


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Muad'Dave on Thursday June 10 2021, @05:27PM (1 child)

    by Muad'Dave (1413) on Thursday June 10 2021, @05:27PM (#1143962)

    Asynchronous Transfer Mode [wikipedia.org] would've been a better choice for our current mix of real-time and delay-tolerant data streams. I'm a little sad it didn't catch on.

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  • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Thursday June 10 2021, @07:59PM

    by shrewdsheep (5215) on Thursday June 10 2021, @07:59PM (#1144039)

    My understanding is that ATM is in widespread use, well at least it was some time ago (no updates for a while). It is/was used by the telephone carriers and TCP/IP also gets/got multiplexed into the streams. I would suspect that VoIP also gets translated to ATM.