Selfish Routers




That’s the conclusion two Cornell University computer scientists came to after finding that computer networks tend to be “selfish” when each tries to route traffic by the fastest pathway, causing that path to become congested and slow.

If the routers that direct the packets of data could be programmed with some altruism, the information might be able to reach its destination a little faster while allowing other packets to also move more quickly.

This is really interesting.  Sending packets down a route that is not neccesarily the fastest would result in better overall performance.  That’s awesome.  Where’s the altruism button on my router?

Seriously though, I think that more research in this area could definately help the traffic jam that is the internet.

Lets do more research and then apply that research to the next generation of Cisco (and other) routers, mmkay?