№ 17/2012 from Jan 25, 2012
The exploration of new technologies for the Internet of the future is the focus of a conference to be held February 14 and 15 at Freie Universität Berlin. About 100 scientists from industry and research are expected to attend the meeting that is part of a major project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), called German Lab, or G-Lab. The event is being organized by the Distributed Embedded System (DES) research group of the Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin, under the leadership of Mesut Güneş, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The current technology of the Internet with protocols such as Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) comes mainly from the 1970s and 1980s. Relatively new applications such as video telephony via Skype, online games, and the rapidly increasing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers make new demands on Internet technology. Requirements, for example, for advanced security, mobility, and routing mechanisms are not adequately covered by the existing protocols. The G-Lab project has been researching this topic since 2008 with over 30 partners from industry and academic research and has built up a test network for the development and trial of new techniques, protocols, and algorithms.