X-bit Labs reports the EU and Japan are jointly developing new communication technology to achieve 100Gbps Internet bandwidth. The project is one of six research projects aimed at redefining internet architectures to increase network efficiency, capacity and security.
"Our Future Internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution,” said Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission.
The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks' capacity to carry it. There is a pressing need for new and more efficient networks in light of a massive online data explosion that is expected to continue over the next decade.
The projects, will receive around €18m in funding, and touch on challenges such as cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.