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Study Calls For TCP/IP Scrapping

Posted: 14th Sep, 2004 By: MarkJ
The 'Internet Mark 2' project has released the results of their study into existing Internet infrastructure. One of the key findings states that "TCP - if not TCP/IP - needs to be replaced, probably within a five to ten year time frame":

The report highlights technical issues such as spam, security concerns, and the absence of packet prioritization which makes introducing new applications difficult (one to many broadcasting or telephony).

More drastically, the authors conclude that the political and technical structures for solving these problems need to be overhauled. "IETF and ICANN have been unable to deal with the range of issues and concerns adequately," the project suggests.

Little of this may be new, but it is a welcome change from the Happy Talk that we usually hear when net governance is discussed.


Given that IPv6 has yet to fully replace IPv4, putting it a good few years off-course, we seriously doubt that anybody will be getting rid of TCP/IP within the 5/10 year timeframe stated. More @ The Register.
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