Internet Traffic Cops Battle Seriously Clogged Web

Streaming media of every variety, all of it threatens to stop up the Internet. Every day, entertainment and software companies add new and larger Internet content, but infrastructure has not expanded to accommodate this new traffic.

Enter a group of Princeton researchers working around-the-clock to ensure the Internet doesn’t clog to a complete halt.

Princeton’s EDGE Lab is dedicated to researching and implementing new methods of tackling issues surrounding Internet data flow. It’s a problem, Chiang says, that has become even more pertinent with the rise of online video streaming on sites like Netflix — which is reportedly responsible for nearly a quarter of the Internet’s capacity consumption — as well as cloud-computing networks such as Google Docs and Office 365.

 

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