Dr Roberts: The Internet's in Trouble
According to Roberts -- well known as a team member behind Arpanet, the project that eventually grew into today's Internet -- it's not technology that has the Internet in trouble, but economics. Specifically, router prices are going to have a crippling effect, he believes.
Roberts's prediction appears today on Light Reading's brainier cousin site, Internet Evolution.
His latest concern is that, while bandwidth requirements continue to climb, router prices aren't falling at a similar rate. "The cost of Internet capacity would therefore double every three years without some key new innovation," he writes. "The economy could not support this for very long."
Those who have followed Roberts's career won't be surprised to hear his answer: flow-based routing, the technology he pursued with startup Caspian Networks and with his current venture, Anagran Inc. (See Flow-Based Networking and Anagran Promises TLC for TCP.)
His complete essay may be found here.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading