Networks: Fast Lanes on the Internet

Science  02 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5275, pp. 585-588
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5275.585b

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Congestion on the Internet has put a hold on many of scientists' most ambitious visions for its use—operating telescopes or other instruments from a distance or collaborating in real time to run models or analyze large data sets. To open up Internet capacity for these and other uses, some network experts would like to establish fast lanes: mechanisms for offering high bandwidth and prompt service to those who need it while leaving e-mail and other services that can tolerate delays to fend for themselves on congested lines. Such schemes are already being tested on some parts of the Internet. Computers/Math