We all need a little Jin-Magic: Let’s Use the Bandwidth we Have More Efficiently

Now, finally something to make things faster without having to have hardware!  There is a really cool little nugget buried in the TechCrunch review of Tokyo Camp this weekend:

Akira Jinzaki has single-handedly programmed what appears to be a powerful TCP traffic controller with the potential to change the way Internet traffic is currently being managed…The software can sit anywhere in the network between the two end-points. WiMAX was used for the demo. Reception in the demo room was 2 to 4 bars out of 6 and TCP transfer rates were at best 1Mbps (with standard set-up). Turn on the Jin-magic on the server side configured to maximize TCP flow, the rates climbed up in the 4Mbps to 7Mbps range.”

So, this means that we can actually potentially have software to speed up our struggling networks without having to up the hardware.  With the Internet turning “40” and people bemoaning barriers to growth, perhaps austere times mean that we should better use what we HAVE.

Now, it will be interesting to see how this ends up or if one company will buy it to put into their server or hardware, but it sure would be nice to have this an option for all of us to use.  (At least for conferences to buy and run to speed up networks!!)

Packet Shapers are a great tool, but something like this is a game changer, if it works and becomes widely available!

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Vicki Davis

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

John McLear September 3, 2009 - 11:34 am

Loads of apps like this have popped up over the time and most of them have been permanently ignored. Do you really think this could be a tipping point? The TCP/IP standard is pretty robust so he must of have had to “break” something to make it work “better”?

I can’t help but think that the problem facing schools isn’t the bandwidth available but the manner in which the bandwidth is used.

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