Description net2o reinvents the Internet: path switching instead of routing, new flow control, multi-command packets, always-on encryption.
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net2o - reinventing the Internet

net2o is the attempt to reinvent the Internet.

What's broken?

  • The internet bases on assumptions 20-30 years old
  • These assumptions are wrong today
  • Much of it followed the "good enough" principle
  • There's a huge pile of accumulated cruft
  • Fixing this mess one-by-one is the wrong attempt

What for?

I've a dream: A peer-to-peer network, where services like search engines or social networks aren't offered by big companies, who in turn need to make money by selling the privacy of their users. Where all data is encrypted, so that access is only possible for people who have the key and really are authorized. Which layman can use without cryptic user interfaces. Where the browser is a platform for running useful applications without the mess of Flash and JavaScript. Without the lag of "buffer bloat" and without the speed problems of a protocol not designed to be assisted by hardware.

What needs to be fixed?

Almost everything. Only the packet-oriented data transfer is good.

  • IP: Use switch-based simple routing, don't route every packet
  • TCP: Most data just needs to be obtained reliable, the order doesn't matter. And TCP's flow control is broken (something like LEDBAT is better).
  • Encryption everywhere: This is no longer an expensive operation (especially symmetric encryption schemes like AES have extremely fast hardware implementations)
  • P2P instead of client-server
  • A new API (render layer, markup language, scripting) - the browser is there for serious applications now.
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