Its 5 OClock, and Its Much Too Crowded
Scientists have been studying road traffic patterns for years, yielding absolutely no discernible results.Scientists have been studying road traffic patterns for years, yielding absolutely no discernible results. Now, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, scientists are working on a "unified" theory of traffic, an idea I fully support, even if the randomness of the world makes such theories implausible. Alas, theres no unified theory of Internet traffic, but it appears that a lot of intellectual horsepower is going into studying the issue. So far, most of the companies that want to increase performance simply want to slap bigger pipes onto the Internet. Nortel and JDS Uniphase wish everyone had optical pipes running everywhere, the equivalent of adding a 42-lane highway across the country. What happens when theres a traffic circle in the middle is not really their problem.
Other companies want to put in private peering arrangements so that traffic mostly flows over their networks. AboveNet and Exodus, for example, have set up peers in which all the traffic from one AboveNet co-location space is whisked to another AboveNet co-location space in record time. This is the equivalent of the toll road.