INCA: An Order of Magnitude Increase in Network Communications
70893 Without an improvement in internal computer network node and routing/switching message processing performance, through a reduction in the number of memory reads and writes, high speed networks and CPU technology advances will not satisfy Department of Energy needs. These needs include the ability: (1) to perform effective and scalable routing/switching and protocols for differentiated services; and (2) to develop remote (wireless), reliable, and secure network connectivity capable of supporting a variety of protocols at higher speeds. This project will define, develop, and demonstrate software to speed up network data and processing so that additional protocol services and increased data throughput rates can be provided to accommodate foreseeable DOE networking applications. In addition, the software will be interoperable with all existing computer systems and networks. Phase I will demonstrate a proof-of-principle, software-only architecture that increases the network I/O performance of Internet protocols by an order of magnitude or more, while maintaining interoperability with all existing machines, operating systems, networks, communication protocols, and application programs. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The software development should lead to an interoperable, able to be retrofitted, portable software library product that reduces data latency, increases processing efficiencies, and improves bandwidth utilization by more than an order of magnitude. The product would provide the necessary network I/O throughput and processing performance improvements needed to implement all anticipated real-time protocol services for wired and wireless high speed data transmission. In addition to the research industry, applications should exist in the telecommunications and information management markets.
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