The project group representing the RITE partners have been gathered at Simula Research Laboratory for project kick-off meeting 22–23 November.
The present Internet limits performance of applications that need real-time interaction, in part due to the fact that the network has been optimised to boost throughput. Large buffers throughout the network add to the end-to-end latency, with excessive delays severely impacting the quality experienced by users. Changes in how the Internet is used have resulted in important applications that now depends on timely delivery. RITE brings together a consortium with the research and industrial experience required to locate and explore the root causes of Internet latency. Through research the project will specify and implement new methods to significantly reduce—or even eliminate—the effects of latency in many scenarios. Mechanisms, both in the network and in the end-hosts, will be explored for achieving the best possible aggregate latency reduction.
RITE proposes to remove the root causes of unnecessary latency over the Internet, says project co-ordinator Andreas Petlund. By reducing network latency, RITE will contribute to giving European businesses a competitive edge in time-dependant applications like financial markets and online games. By bringing the results to standardisation bodies like the IETF, and make end-host solutions available through operating system implementations, RITE will ensure the availability of the results to the European public, says Petlund.
The consortium for the RITE project consists of researchers from British Telecommunications (United Kingdom), Alcatel-Lucent BELL NV (Belgium), University of Oslo (Norway), Karlstad University (Sweden), Institut Mines-Telecom (France), and University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), in addition to members of the Media Performance department.