Father of the Internet: P2P Hogging Too Much Traffic

P2P is inefficient, unfair, and hogging our bandwidth, according to Lawrence Roberts, founder of Anagran and one of the chief architects of the foundations of the Internet.

Roberts gave a talk at our Structure 08 conference Wednesday, and said that P2P sharing takes up 80 percent of Internet traffic. Roberts’ numbers are nearly double the amount of bandwidth that Sandvine reported earlier this week. It should be noted that both Sandvine and Anagran develop technologies that manage bandwidth.

Roberts’ solution is to let the computing clouds deliver video bandwidth. You can watch his full presentation through the magic of on-demand video right here:

STRUCTURE 08: Anagran Founder Lawrence Roberts Fights P2P

Dr. Lawrence G. Roberts, AnagranLawrence Roberts, the founder of Anagran and a chief architect of the foundations of the Internet, has a mission: help control P2P file-sharing traffic, which makes up a massive 80 percent of Internet traffic, he says. “There are a lot of inequities in the current Internet system. . . . P2P isn’t the most efficient way to do things”

But as companies like his help us start to control the situation, Roberts says we should see the P2P hogs dying down over the next few years. That will allow for other services to have a better response time, and normal traffic will have more growth over 2 to 3 years.
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