Internet 3.0: Performance and Productivity Issues of the Internet and a Proposal for the Next Generation

A talk given by Prof. Raj Jain at Saint Louis Computer Measurement Group (CMG), November 18, 2008.


The productivity of a person, a corporation, and a country depends upon the speed with which information can be communicated. Rapid communication of information through computer networks has changed our way of conducting business. Internet is both enabler and the key bottleneck for the productivity of our businesses. Many parts of the Internet architecture were developed 30+ years ago. In these 30 years, we have learnt a lot about networking and packet switching. Is this the way we would design the Internet if we were to start it now? This talk is an attempt to answer this question raised by US National Science Foundation, which has embarked on the design of the next generation Internet testbed called GENI.

In this talk, we will point out key problems with the current Internet and proposed directions for the solutions. In particular, the next generation of Internet has to be commerce friendly. It has to be designed to meet the needs of businesses, organizations, and governments. The next generation Internet should keep the best ideas of the past and add features that will help businesses, organizations, and governments utilize it in the same way they utilize other methods of communication and transport and have the same or superior level of flexibility. Ten such problems and proposed solutions will be presented in this talk.

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