The Internet at the Speed of Light

Reducing latency to the physical limit is the next grand challenge for our interactive network experiences. How can we build a Speed-of-Light Internet?

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About the Project

For many Internet services, reducing latency improves the user experience and increases revenue for the service provider. While in principle latencies could nearly match the speed of light, we find that infrastructural inefficiencies and protocol overheads cause today’s Internet to be much slower than this bound: typically by more than one, and often, by more than two orders of magnitude. Bridging this large gap would not only add value to today’s Internet applications, but could also open the door to exciting new applications. Thus, we propose a grand challenge for the networking research community: a speed-of-light Internet.

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Recent Publications

“Why Is the Internet so Slow?!”

Bozkurt, I. N., Aguirre, A., Chandrasekaran, B., Godfrey, P. B., Laughlin, G., Maggs, B., and Singla, A.

In Proceedings of the ACM Passive and Active Measurement: 18th International Conference, (PAM 2017), pp. 173–187

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