"At the time they thought that a maximum of 65,000 people would use the internet"

News - 26 January 2017

Niels van Adrichem (Network Architectures and Services // Fernando Kuipers / Piet Van Mieghem) has obtained his doctorate on Feb 3rd with his thesis on how to improve the outdated architecture of the internet.

Niels: "The architecture of the internet has been designed in the seventies. At the time they thought that a maximum of 65,000 people would use the internet. At present the internet counts nearly 3.5 billion users. It's foundation is not really fit for Facebook, YouTube et cetera. It has been designed for one-on-one communication, not one-to-the-masses. So in that perspective it's quite a clever construction. Like you are building a car that you would like to take out on weekends on quiet country roads, and you end up on a race track at full speed, without ever taking a break. The architecture is not sufficient for it's current use and there is need for improvements. I have worked on that new and improved version of the internet. I have studied parts of the existing architecture and researched how improvements can be made."

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