Cisco Systems is to acquire privately held Parc Technologies, a London-based firm which develops traffic-engineering technology, for $9m.
Parc was originally spun off from Imperial College London's centre for research into search algorithms.
The firm's flagship Route Server algorithms are designed to break up network routing problems involving complex Quality of Service constraints, and so help service providers improve network use and service levels while reducing capital expenditure.
Initially, Parc's technology will be used by Cisco in the planning and optimisation of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).
Parc's Route Server software will be incorporated into Cisco's MPLS Management product portfolio and made available as part of Cisco's IP Solution Center.
The offering aims to compute and provision optimised traffic paths for primary and fast restoration backup traffic.
Cliff Meltzer, senior vice president for Cisco's network management technology group, said in a statement: "Our customers are looking for efficient technology with Quality of Service guarantees, reduced congestion, efficient backup planning, fast restoration and optimal provisioning.
"Cisco and Parc together have created a market leading MPLS traffic engineering planning and optimisation application that brings immediate value to Cisco's customers."
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