Irish Minds are Reinventing the Internet

Louis Pouzin, Internet Pioneer and 2013 joint award winner of the Queen Elizabeth prize for Engineering was in Dublin recently to announce the kick-off of a project called PRISTINE, which is working on a revolutionary approach to producing a future internet.

Europe has lead key elements of the Internet revolution, todate breakthroughs include connectionless communication (datagram) and Web (html). The PRISTINE project will become Europe’s third opportunity to take a major step in the configuring the ‘future of the internet’. Louis Pouzin said that the project has already gotten off to a good start with a major innovation step by “providing a holistic model embedding functions missing in the present internet”.

The Internet as the global communications infrastructure has been successful in shaping the modern world by the way people and machines access and exchange information. The Internet architecture designed in the 1960′s has been supporting a variety of applications and offering a number of services till now but emerging applications demand better quality, programmability, resilience and protection.

PRISTINE came about when Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in partnership with L.M. Ericsson (Ireland) and thirteen partners across Europe secured €3.3m EU funding for the future networks project.

PRISTINE builds on a revolutionary approach to producing a future internet in which the network architecture integrates communication, computing and storage resources in order to support cloud computing, networked data processing and the limited resources of smart devices.

There are emerging radical clean-slate programmable networking approaches such as RINA, centering on the Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which will support high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments.

PRISTINE will use this revolutionary clean-slate networking approach to develop practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to address existing networking limitations.

Going forward the Irish partners will team with European partners Telefonica, Thales, ATOS, Juniper Networks, i2CAT, Nextworks, Nexedi, BISDN, University of Oslo, Technical University of Brne, Institute Mines-Telecom, Create-Net and iMinds.

Miguel Ponce de Leon, Chief Architect at the TSSG (Ireland) and project lead for PRISTINE said “As it stands today the Internet can be seen as an unfinished demo that has been living on band-aids and Moore’s Law for almost thirty years. There are several indications showing that the current Internet is reaching its limits. The PRISTINE project is utilizing the knowledge acquired through the past efforts on packet-switched networking such us CYCLADES, XNS and goes one step further by realising that networking is distributed inter-process communication. It provides a simple, powerful framework for building the networks of the future and for evolving packet switched networks to a mature state”.

Pristine Project Website.


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