A set of standards that could double the bandwidth of the Internet is being proposed by a consortium of industry players, including Cisco and Netcom.
The proposed standard, called "Publish and Subscribe", is a technology developed by US company Tibco, and is designed to speed up the transfer of TCP/IP packets, thereby reducing Internet traffic.
More than a dozen vendors have endorsed the specifications for submission to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which will decide whether or not to adopt them as an open standard.
The technology does not use today's request/reply protocol that relies on an application requesting specific information from a server. This traditional technique, claimed Tibco, is slower than the proposed Publish and Subscribe method by around 50%. The company added that it has already tested the technique in different financial trading rooms around the world.
Vivek Ranadive, president of Tibco, said: "Sluggish responses on the Internet have been one of the main roadblocks to wider acceptance of the Web."
Although Tibco has already patented the technology, Ranadive said the company wanted to promote an open standard because it would benefit all the Internet players.
The consortium will propose the standard to the IETF in 1997 but other major players in the industry will have to back the protocols for it to be widely adopted.
Tibco also announced its Tibnet family of products for implementing Publish and Subscribe in hardware and software. These include tools for developers, firewall administrators and Internet service providers. Cisco will implement the technology in its routers, Informix in its database and Javasoft will build a Java message services specification. Companies, such as Netcom and Exodus, will embed the technology in their networks.
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