Should we throw the Internet away and start over? Bunches of smart people are looking for ways to junk it - really.
The "clean slate" movement has backing from the National Science Foundation, who wants to build an experimental research network known as the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), and is funding projects at Stanford, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon and MIT.
The clean slate movement hopes to address three issues:
Workarounds for mobile devices "can work quite well if a small fraction of the traffic is of that type," but could overwhelm computer processors and create security holes when 90 percent or more of the traffic is mobile, said Nick McKeown, co-director of Stanford's clean-slate program.
I understand why these are concerns, but what do you think the chances are that any of this GENI work will impact the Internet in a revolutionary (as opposed to evolutionary) way?
Vint Cerf has called the discussions "generally healthy" because the current technology "does not satisfy all needs." Well no shit. But sometimes legacy technology stays in place because it's legacy technology - not unlike the qwerty keyboards 99.9% of us are sitting in front of now. Inertia is powerful. What do you think?