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Thursday, September 03, 2009

We all need a little Jin-Magic: Let's Use the Bandwidth we Have More Efficiently

Now, finally something to make things faster without having to have hardware!  There is a really cool little nugget buried in the TechCrunch review of Tokyo Camp this weekend:

"Akira Jinzaki has single-handedly programmed what appears to be a powerful TCP traffic controller with the potential to change the way Internet traffic is currently being managed...The software can sit anywhere in the network between the two end-points. WiMAX was used for the demo. Reception in the demo room was 2 to 4 bars out of 6 and TCP transfer rates were at best 1Mbps (with standard set-up). Turn on the Jin-magic on the server side configured to maximize TCP flow, the rates climbed up in the 4Mbps to 7Mbps range."

So, this means that we can actually potentially have software to speed up our struggling networks without having to up the hardware.  With the Internet turning "40" and people bemoaning barriers to growth, perhaps austere times mean that we should better use what we HAVE.

Now, it will be interesting to see how this ends up or if one company will buy it to put into their server or hardware, but it sure would be nice to have this an option for all of us to use.  (At least for conferences to buy and run to speed up networks!!)

Packet Shapers are a great tool, but something like this is a game changer, if it works and becomes widely available!

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