February 12, 2013
When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit (and How Do We Stop That from Happening)?
The head of Bell Labs Research says the Internet should deal in information rather than simply bits and bytes
INFORMATION NETWORKER: Markus Hofmann, head of Bell Labs Research in New Jersey, says the Internet has to get smarter to keep up with growing demand for its services. Image: Courtesy of Bell Labs
There are ways to boost capacity of course, such as adding cables, packing those cables with more data-carrying optical fibers and off-loading traffic onto smaller satellite networks, but these steps simply delay the inevitable. The solution is to make the infrastructure smarter. Two main components would be needed: computers and other devices that can filter their content before tossing it onto the network, along with a network that better understands what to do with this content, rather than numbly perceiving it as an endless, undifferentiated stream of bits and bytes.
To find out how these major advances could be accomplished, Scientific American recently spoke with Markus Hofmann, head of Bell Labs Research in New Jersey, the research and development arm of Alcatel–Lucent that, in its various guises, is credited with developing the transistor, the laser, the charge-coupled device and a litany of other groundbreaking 20th-century technologies. Hofmann and his team see “information networking” as the way forward, an approach that promises to extend the Internet’s capacity by raising its IQ.
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