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Hamburg Internet Technologists Propose Roadmap For Future Internet Design

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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences computer scientists led by professor Thomas Schmidt have received a three-year grant for the Hybrid Adaptive Mobile Multicast (HAMcast) project, which seeks to develop a multiservice Internet architecture designed for mobile users.

As Internet applications become more elaborate due to new network developments, the existing Internet Protocol framework gets bogged down with information and becomes error-prone, which prevents the Internet from evolving as it should. "We want to break this long-term innovation freeze by assigning higher communication intelligence to end systems," Schmidt says. "Peer-to-peer technologies and other forms of distributed intelligence should become part of the communication process, as well as mobile networking schemes."

HAMcast will use a multiservice Internet system to promote group communication. Its middleware will work independently from both providers and application programmers. The researchers say that HAMcast's multiservice architecture will particularly benefit emerging applications such as Internet television, online games, and online conferencing tools.

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