Internet could be made more powerful

The internet could be made more secure, reliable and powerful by overlaying new networking technology on top of the existing backbone, according to the world's leading microchip maker, Intel. The company's chief technology officer, Pat Gelsinger, warned that the internet needs a radical overhaul to address growing demand for access, bandwidth and more advanced internet programs. The message came in a keynote speech delivered at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco, US, on Thursday. Gelsinger recommended building a new network layer on top of the existing internet infrastructure. This would mimic the way the internet's fundamental protocols were built on top of phone line infrastructure 30 years ago. "As the network grows, applications are becoming more, not less demanding," Gelsinger said. "We need to replicate the thinking of 1973 and create an overlying network", informs the New Scientist. According to CoolTechZone, Intel announced its plans on Thursday to improve the Internet by making it safer, more useful, reliable, and accessible. At Fall IDF (Intel Developer Forum), Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Intel Corp., said that by having an overlay network computational services to the Internet, companies who are taking part in the improvement will be able to improve the network infrastructure significantly. He was implying the improvement of computing and storage resources during his keynote. He stated that the improved Internet will be a major step towards creating a platform that will be able to handle many cost efficient services. "These new smart services could allow the Internet to detect and warn of worm attacks on its own, dynamically re-route network traffic to avoid delays, and improve video web casting. They could also be used to make accessibility easier for users in regions of the world where power and connectivity are unreliable at best," said Gelsinger, quoted by NewsFactor, IDF. Intel is working with few industry leaders such as PlanetLab Consortium and BP to make advancements in this field. ITworld publishes that Gelsinger described a future Internet where millions of new devices and users place a strain on the network. Intel's vision for addressing those concerns involves the deployment of Intel-based servers as new network nodes that can handle more complex tasks such as dynamic traffic routing and advanced security. Intel has already deployed 440 nodes at 194 separate sites around the globe under its PlanetLab initiative, Gelsinger said. PlanetLab is an industry research association that counts companies such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard Co., France Tйlйcom SA and Google Inc. among its members. Through virtualization technology, a variety of network services could share those computing resources, Gelsinger said. For example, Intel showcased a service built by graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, called PHI (public health of the Internet). Intel used PHI to analyze attacks upon the PlanetLab network over a period of time, and discovered that the top 10 sources of attacks on the network accounted for 60 percent of the overall attack-related traffic, Gelsinger said. PHI can identify the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of those attackers and share that information with corporations, helping to cut down the amount of traffic caused by worms and viruses, he said. The PlanetLab initiative would not replace the existing routers and switches that make up the backbone of the Internet, Gelsinger said. Instead, it would provide an additional layer that would sit above the existing network to handle what Intel calls "planetary-scale services" such as PHI or grid computing, Gelsinger said.

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