The Rebirth of the Router

With the advent of the digital convergence, internet traffic is rapidly expanding and also becoming more varied and complex. Traditional IP packet routers are the backbone of the Internet and are, ironically, the problem with voice and video transmission. Unlike static web pages and email that can handle packet loss and some network problems, voice and video deteriorate under transmission delays as short as a few milliseconds. Current routers cannot guarantee that video will stream smoothly to a user’s computer because they treat video packets as loose data entities instead of flows. In order to solve this problem, routers need redesign to incorporate flow management technology thereby increasing the reliability of data transmission.

Complete Paper: The Rebirth of the Router

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