Internet traffic jams, meet your robot nemesis

MIT researchers have built a system to write better algorithms for tackling congestion

By , IDG News Service |  Networking

"Empirically, they work very well," Winstein said. "We get higher throughput, lower delay and more fairness than in all the human designs to date. But we cannot explain why they work."

"At this point, our real aspiration is that other researchers and engineers pick it up and start using it as a tool," Balakrishnan said. "Even if the ultimate impact of our work is ... more about changing the way people think about the problem, for us, that is a huge win."

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is

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