Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What really means intelligent control?

"The intelligence in the original Internet was meant to reside largely at the end points of the network - the computers - while the specialized routing computers were relatively dumb post offices of various size, mainly confined to reading addresses and transferring packets of data to adjacent systems.
But these days, when cloud computing means a lot of the information is stored and processed on computers out on the network, there is growing need for more intelligent control systems to orchestrate the behavior of thousands of routing machines.
It will make it possible, for example, for managers of large networks to program their network to prioritize certain types of data, perhaps to ensure quality of service or to add security to certain portions of a network." NYT

I think it is extremely dangerous to begin to talk of need for more intelligent control.
Intelligence is never objective and can mean very different solutions, depending on the applier.

"While the stated possible positives of such technology are real enough, the same mechanisms could be used to impose exactly the sorts of walled gardens, service degradations, and "pay to play" limits that are at the heart of Net Neutrality concerns, as dominant ISPs in particular would be tempted to leverage this technology to further restrict user applications to the benefit of their own profit centers."

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