A consortium of industry players, led by Cisco, is set to propose standards that could double Internet bandwidth.
Cisco, Sun, Informix and Netcom yesterday announced their support for a technology developed by Californian company Tibco, a subsidiary of Reuters, to speed up TCP/IP packets as they hop from pillar to post on the Internet.
More than a dozen vendors in total endorsed the specifications. Other supporters include Cybercash and Infoseek.
The players will submit their proposals to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for adoption as an open standard. Cisco is in the fortunate position of owning 80 per cent of the routers that service the Internet and is in a strong position to push its wares.
The technology is based on a publish-and-subscribe model, which reduces Internet traffic by 50 per cent or more, according to Tibco. It is one of various approaches to 'pushing' information across the Net, as it becomes available, to users who have requested data on that subject. Subscribers do not need to be hooked up to a Web application, or surfing the Net, to receive the information.
Tibco said that it had already tested the technique in different financial trading rooms around the world. Vivek Ranadive, president of the company, said: ?Sluggish responses on the Internet have been one of the leading roadblocks to wide acceptance of the Web.? Although Tibco had already patented the technology, Ranadive said that it wanted to promote an open standard because that will benefit all of the Internet players.
The companies will present the standard to the IETF in 1997 but for it to be widely adopted other major players in the industry will have to back up the protocols.
Tibco also announced its Tibnet family of products for implementing publish-and-subscribe in hardware and software. These include tools for developers, firewall adminstrators 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 enable the technology in their networks.
Bay Networks and 3Com were unavailable to comment on the proposals at press time.
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