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May 11, 2009

Web Cubed: Everything will be Connected

According to futurists, the next generation Internet will be built on networks linking not only computers and telecommunications devices, but many other products including clothing, cars, and all types of personal electronic devices. A new paradigm to support what is known as "cubed networking" will be needed to move beyond Web 2.0, as well as new technology to support users by dynamically adapting to each user's environment.

New technology always requires new standards, and there are currently no standards bodies addressing networks with the potential to support billions of dynamic heterogeneous devices. As a start, several European companies have embarked on a collaborative effort called BIONETS (BIOlogically inspired NETwork and Services). The goal of the BIONETS project is to lay down the foundation for the design of the complex large scale networks which will be required by the Internet of the future.

According the BIONETS project coordinator Daniele Miorandi, "The first problem is scale. A network capable of linking everything together will be huge, and it will take some serious engineering to create a framework and platform capable of attaining this sort of scope." The philosophy behind BIONETS is to use models of complex hetergeneous systems found in nature as a source of inspiration.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at May 11, 2009 2:55 PM
category: Design & Engineering

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