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Tech quango coughs £800k to hook your child up to Internet of Things

Over the summer term eight UK schools will get £800,000 worth of sensors, servers and cloud to inspire them into learning about and getting interested in the Internet of Things. The money comes from the Technology Strategy Board, a government quango which prefers to be known as "Innovate UK", and will be spent developing …
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013

APNIC boffins may enlist TCP to defend DNS

Could defending the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure against amplification attacks be as simple as switching protocols in resolvers? Probably not – but an experiment conducted at APNIC has far-reaching implications. As Geoff Huston, chief scientist at APNIC, writes, DNS amplification attacks are easy to launch and can be …
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Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins

A group of researchers from Greece's University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas believe there's scope for energy consumption reductions of as much as 75 percent if 802.11n's energy saving extensions are combined with frame aggregation techniques. The reason this is important? Because, as wireless …
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Southern Cross completes cable upgrade to 100 Gbps

The Southern Cross Cable Network has announced the completion of an upgrade to 100 Gbps kit on all routes. With the Ciena 100 Gbps kit in place, the network now claims total lit capacity on its two cables of 2.6 Tbps. According to marketing director Ross Pfeffer, the cables' potential capacity between Australia/New Zealand and …

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

Microsoft has gone public with a prototype HTTP/2.0 server. The server is designed to implement the version 4 HTTP/2.0 implementable draft published by the IETF earlier in July. The idea, according to IETF HTTPBIS chair Mark Nottingham, is that progressive implementations of HTTP/2.0 will feed back into the standard. “We're …
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Safety first, NBN rollout second, says Minister

Get ready for another eruption of “anything bad to do with the NBN is the government's fault”, as Telstra's Board is reportedly about to consider whether it is safe to allow contractors doing NBN Co's bidding to resume work in its asbestos-lined pits. Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten has issued a canned statement in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2013
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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

Feature These days, it would be hard to find anyone who doesn't take networking for granted given the ubiquity of the Internet. Yet without some clever coding and data management techniques the Internet would crawl, if it worked at all. Digital video guru and IT author John Watkinson examines the various applications for networks and …
John Watkinson, 25 Jul 2013
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SKA precursor starts streaming firehosing astrodata to the world

Hard on the heels of yesterday's discussion of high-performance computing with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and the National Computational Infrastructure comes the announcement that real data has started to stream out of Western Australia's Murchison Widefield Array. In fact, to anybody but the biggest …

Boffins flip optics to make booster-free superfast fibre

A group of researchers led by a Monash Univeristy PhD student has demonstrated an all-optical technique for dealing with nonlinearity – something that considerably boosts the throughput of an optical system. The demonstration is important for two reasons. One is that fibre optic cables used to transport signals over long …
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SanDisk starts beating path to 3D NAND flash

SanDisk is taking its own technology route to 3D NAND - the stacking of recording layers within a flash chip atop one another to provide more capacity in the same footprint. SanDisk is currently working on its new BiCS (Bit-Cost Scalable NAND) product and it could be deliverable in the fourth quarter of 2015, or sometime during …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
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French boffins: Regard, our record-breaking long, fat, wet pipe

Boffins have designed a new underwater network pipe which can transmit data at record-breaking speeds. Researchers at Alcatel-Lucent claim their new cable is three times faster than the "most advanced underwater cables currently in use". Working at Alcatel-Lucent’s Innovation City campus in Villarceaux near Paris, boffins from …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jul 2013
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MIT boffins give computers control to clock faster TCP

A group of MIT researchers has unveiled a machine learning approach to TCP congestion which could form the foundation of the next round of improvements to the venerable protocol's performance. Dubbed “Remy”, their TCP control software is based on the idea that even sophisticated modern congestion control algorithms (like …

Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

Half of all the world's critical financial exchanges have suffered cyber attacks in the past year, a report has found. A joint investigation by the World Federation of Exchanges and‎ the International Organisation of Securities Commissions found that the attacks are increasingly aimed at destabilising markets, rather than making …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013
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Websites stagger to feet, Network Solutions wears off DDoS hangover

Web-hosting biz and domain-name registrar Network Solutions was pummelled offline by attackers last night - and took its customers' websites down with it. The distributed denial-of-service assault (DDoS) lasted for about two or three hours before the US company was able to mitigate the effects and get its systems back online. …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2013
NASA's LLCD laser comms experiment

Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

If all goes to plan, the next few weeks will bring a revolution in communication with spacecraft, with two space-based laser communications demonstrations due to take to the skies. The European Space Agency's Alphasat – also the largest telecommunications satellite built in Europe – is due to launch on July 25. While the Astrium …
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ITU readies gigabit G.fast standard for copper's last wild ride

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has taken the first steps towards standardising G.fast, the next major DSL-based standard which vendors hope will provide a “fibre-like” experience without having to drag the glass all the way into homes. While it's touted by vendors as a gigabit-over-copper technology, the …
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Submarine cable capacity doubled with flick of switch

With a flick of a switch, NTT has boosted the capacity on its Japan-US PC-1 cable link more than 2.5 times to 8.4 terabits per second. The company's announcement heralds the beginning of a rollout that will ultimately take in NTT's intra-Asian submarine cables. NTT has been trialling 100 Gbps digital coherent optical systems …
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Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

So you've decided to clean up in Big Data. You're going to have the server farms of all server farms, run the cloud for the world's megacorporations and of course there's this bloke in Silicon Roundabout willing to give you the money. What's your first decision then? It should be to go and steal an idea from another industry …
Tim Worstall, 17 Jul 2013
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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

Cable Internet access really is faster than DSL – but paradoxically, cable users get less of the throughput they think they're paying for. That's one of the conclusions of a study* from America's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which ran the slide-rule over datasets captured under the FCC's Measuring …

Wi-Lan loses 3GPP patent suit

Wi-Lan seems a step closer to having to wear the tag “patent troll”, with an East Texas federal jury tossing out its patent suit against Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, HTC and Sony. The patents at issue had been acquired from Airspan Networks. They included techniques such as channel pooling, subscriber terminals (mobile phones), and …

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

Anniversary Before the internet, local area networks were the big thing. A company called Novell was the first to exploit the trend for connecting systems, ultimately becoming "the LAN king" with its NetWare server operating system. There were alternatives to Novell and NetWare in the 1990s - 3Com’s 3+Share, for example – but such was its …
Liam Proven, 16 Jul 2013

Aryaka vs. Riverbed FUD-fight fires up again

Cloud network startup Aryaka has accused WAN optimisation veteran Riverbed of dissing it in a competitive intelligence document, and is firing back with an equipment buyback program for new customers. The program is based on heavy discounts to Riverbed Steelhead users, which Aryaka says will be based on the “remaining value” of …

The summer hit you're all waiting for: Windows 9? No. MapR's flashy M7

Customers who want to fire up a Hadoop cluster on the Elastic MapReduce service offered by Amazon Web Services just got another distribution option. Oh yes. It's the MapR Technologies' full-tilt-boogie M7 Edition. The MapR team is talking up the performance of its variant of the big data muncher Hadoop when using the flash- …

Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has issued a statement in which it all-but-rules-out Google's plan to take over some new top-level domains and offer them in “dotless” configurations that would enable web addresses like “http://search". Google outlined its plans for .search, .app and cloud back in April. The idea of Google …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2013

HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

Fresh from seeing its SPDY protocol adopted into the IETF's HTTP 2.0 draft, Google is pressing on with its quest for faster Interwebs with an experimental protocol called QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections). HTTP 2.0 (draft here) proposes a number of changes compared to HTTP 1.1 to cut latency for Web applications, without …
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Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

Our Regcast of 13 June, BYOD Beyond the Noise, focused on the infrastructure you build to accommodate the consumerisation of IT. Trevor Kelly and Andy Cooper, our studio guests from HP, pointed out that universities are one group of institutions that know how to do BYOD (bring your own device) well. In the past 10 years further …
Tim Phillips, 9 Jul 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'Wanna come upstairs and look at my VRTX?'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Another fine instalment of El Reg's all-encompassing tech podcast wings its way to loyal Reg readers (and listeners), hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week all three of the terrific trio are together for the first time in weeks! Technet's gone …
Team Register, 3 Jul 2013

Mellanox coughs nearly $130m for optical networkers to fight off Chipzilla

Network chip and switch maker Mellanox Technologies knows that Intel is breathing down its neck in the data center switching market, and it is not just sitting around waiting for Chipzilla to read it the riot act. Rather, Mellanox has been on a buying binge - to the tune of close on $129.5m - in recent weeks to build out its …

Intel doubles throughput, slashes power to stave off DATAPOCALYPSE

Research@Intel Intel researchers have developed a prototype interconnect that they say will both increase bandwidth and lower power requirements, whether used for simple CPU-to-CPU connections or scaled up to connect tens of thousands of CPUs in a data center. "Based on past trends, every four years the bandwidth requirements for systems is …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jun 2013

Cumulus sighting means storm coming for Cisco

Cumulus Networks has a cunning plan to change how companies buy, use, and manage networking equipment. It involves Linux, and any success the company has will come at the expense of incumbent networking giants such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade. The company came out of stealth on Wednesday at the data center infrastructure love …
Jack Clark, 20 Jun 2013
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Brocade: People try to put us down, talkin' 'bout my (Fibre Chan) generation

Interview Is "fifth-generation Fibre Channel" marketing-speak or a useful term? Earlier this year the "Gen 5 Fibre Channel" term popped up from Brocade, which used it to describe 16GBit/s Fibre Channel, the computer network technology's highest available speed. And Brocade started using the Gen 5 term around the time Cisco finally …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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PowerCloud launches new kit, partner program

WiFi upstart PowerCloud Systems (PCS) wants to give hotspots a dose of multiple personality, to make WiFi fit better in the world of multi-tenant networks. The company says its aim is to solve a bugbear of public WiFi: sure, everybody can connect, but they're all on the same SSID, and security is less-than-ideal. Instead, PCS' …

Australian unis to test quantum-comms-over-fibre

The University of New South Wales, one of the world's leaders in quantum computing research, will get the chance to put its work to the test in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Within a few months, two nodes on Canberra's ICON network – one at the Australian National University, the other at the Australian Defence Force …

India forges ahead with fibre-to-the-village

India is readying a plan to connect 250,000 villages to fibre backhaul, announcing winning bids to connect six regions to what will ultimately be a national network. Under the Rs 2,500 crore project – more than $US420 million – the Indian government has set up a body called Bharat Broadband Networks to oversee deliver of the …

Big Switch Networks quits OEM-led SDN scheme

Big Switch Networks, a startup with everything to gain from adoption of its software defined networking (SDN) technology, has left an SDN group dominated by traditional OEMs who had much to lose, after the group went with Cisco's tech over Big Switch's as the base of an SDN spec. Big Switch announced on Wednesday that it was …
Jack Clark, 6 Jun 2013
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EU-US nets get 100 Gbps Atlantic connection

The European educational network community is feeling pleased with itself, switching on a single 100 Gbps link across the Atlantic. While submarine cables these days routinely have aggregate capacity in the Terabit range, this is the first time Europe's educational networks have had a single 100 Gbps link to play with. The test …

Cisco nearly ready with next giant router

Cisco is reportedly close to pushing the start button on manufacturing for a router to surpass its current CRS-3 core router. According to Light Reading, which says it's seen a Cisco document outlining the as-yet-unannounced “CTR” router, the new iron will support 1 Tbps per 10x100 Gbps ports slot. That would put the per-slot …

Mellanox forges fun-sized 40Gb/sec Ethernet switch

Mellanox Technologies is trying to milk its switch-hitting, hybrid Ethernet-InfiniBand SwitchX-2 chips for every dollar possible, and has just cooked up a baby switch that can run at 40Gb/sec or 56Gb/sec using the Ethernet protocol. The SX1012 is a half-width switch that has a dozen ports in a 1U rack form factor, which means …
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Cisco predicts massive data networking growth by 2017

There are three sure things in life – death, taxes, and the insatiable hunger of people for more and more bandwidth. By 2017, over 1.4 zettabytes of data will be flowing over global networks, Cisco said in its latest Visual Networking Index forecast, which it released on Wednesday. The annual survey predicted faster broadband …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2013
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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

A tech-savvy China-based Redditor has spotted a hassle-free way of ensuring he or she is always able to bypass the Great Firewall, even when out and about, using the Raspberry Pi to connect to a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs are a necessity for foreigners living in the People’s Republic who want to access sites prohibited …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013

How God and übergeek Ron Crane saved 3Com's bacon

Ethernet Summit Over 30 years ago, the company formed by Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe, 3Com Corporation, was teetering on bankruptcy. What saved it was the monomaniacal perfectionism of one engineer, and his refusal to ship the company's most important product until he was damn well good and ready. At the Ethernet Innovation Summit last …
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2013
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CloudEthernet Forum formed to scale networks into virtual age

Nine of the majors in the Ethernet market have joined up to create the CloudEthernet Forum which they say will help the venerable networking protocol adapt to the challenges of large-scale cloud services. The forum is being spun out of the Metro Ethernet Forum – MEF – with the initial cabal comprising Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, …