The internet is a fragile thing. The sheer complexity and growing demands on our global networking infrastructure ' much of which was designed decades ago ' is leading to new challenges and disruptions.
This was seen earlier this year when the world finally ran out of IPv4 addresses (the Internet Protocol addresses assigned to individual sites and devices to allow them to communicate on the internet). It was also seen last week when a few global routers that underpin the internet temporarily went over their memory limit, causing outages around the world. And that's not to mention the ongoing issue of sharks attacking undersea internet cables.
Clearly, we need to change how our networks operate. And with the escalating demands of scientists who want to move big data, as well as everyday consumers who want to stream movies from any device in any location, this change needs to come soon.
The future of networking will be a topic of debate and discussion at the upcoming Cyber Summit 2014: Crowdsourcing Innovation.
In a session devoted to networking, presenters will describe: a project to create a widespread 4G connection for residents in the Netherlands; working with US scientists to meet their future big data and mobility needs; and the ups and downs of setting up Canada's first community-owned, community-wide gigabit service provider.
The Summit will look at the technology that exists, what is coming around the corner, and how municipalities and local organizations can make the most of the internet.
Find out more about this and other sessions taking place this September 24-25 in Banff, AB.
The goal of Cyber Summit 2014: Crowdsourcing Innovation is to showcase new technologies and spark discussions among educators, researchers and innovators in the province on how to pool resources to grow efficiencies and technical know-how.