Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 23:36 UTC
Internet & Networking Cisco Systems today introduced its next-generation Internet core router, the CRS-3, with about three times the capacity of its current platform. "The Internet will scale faster than any of us anticipate," Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers said during a webcast announcing the product. At full scale, the CRS-3 has a capacity of 322Tbit/sec., roughly three times that of the CRS-1, which was introduced in 2004. It also has more than 12 times the capacity of its nearest competitor, Chambers said.
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RE: Ok....
by davidiwharper on Wed 10th Mar 2010 14:16 UTC in reply to "Ok...."
davidiwharper
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2006-01-01

You're right about evolution, but someone still has to invest in R&D to get us there.

Also, the example in the ComputerWorld article is a bad one. There are two better examples of the volume of data this device can process in the press release (http://tinyurl.com/yljrcro):

* Every man, woman and child in China can make a video call simultaneously [that's 1 billion people!]
* Every motion picture ever created can be streamed in less than four minutes

Many ISPs have servers with local copies of websites: this is cheaper for them, because they pay reduced access fees to backbones, and faster for their customers. This can't be done with newer Internet technologies, such as video and audio teleconferencing, DRM Internet-based TV (esp. Hulu) and BitTorrent. These are all technologies that have really taken off in the last five years and can't be cached locally by ISPs - they must travel over the backbone.

Edited 2010-03-10 14:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Ok....
by Soulbender on Wed 10th Mar 2010 14:30 in reply to "RE: Ok...."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You're right about evolution, but someone still has to invest in R&D to get us there.


True, but that in itself does not make a product groundbreaking.

* Every man, woman and child in China can make a video call simultaneously [that's 1 billion people!]
* Every motion picture ever created can be streamed in less than four minutes


I don't put much faith in marketing speak, especially since the last point is pure nonsense.
Look, I'm sure it's a great product but that does not make it ground breaking and capable of changing the internet forever.
Bullshit is bullshit, no matter how you spin it.

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RE[3]: Ok....
by davidiwharper on Wed 10th Mar 2010 14:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Ok...."
davidiwharper Member since:
2006-01-01

Look, I'm sure it's a great product but that does not make it ground breaking and capable of changing the internet forever. Bullshit is bullshit, no matter how you spin it.


I guess I am trying to look beyond the marketing gabble and at the more practical implications of this. Saying that the device can stream the world's entire movie archive is a bit silly, but it does make me think that the transmission of private Internet TV channels, streaming DVD rentals etc. could become more financially viable in the near future.

In 2004, YouTube was brand new, Skype had only just started (first release in 08/2003), and BitTorrent had taken off only a few years prior (2002-3). CRS-1 and the Juniper clones made these kinds of direct high bandwidth communications possible.

Companies are already developing hologram technology (not the crappy CNN variety but single-camera 3D transmissions) but these require insanely high bandwidth rates - only affordable at ISP level. Who knows where that will lead in a few years time when CRS-3 and eventual clone devices start being deployed?

Edited 2010-03-10 14:58 UTC

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