The dusk of the stupid network?
”This is a pragmatic solution,” said David Farber, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon who was one of the pioneers of data networking technology.
“The idea of moving intelligence to the end points of the network was one of the original design points of the Internet,” Mr. Farber said. But he noted that as the network evolved to offer sophisticated advanced services through centralized cloud computers, including the delivery of digital voice and video, it became less feasible to continue relying on decentralized network design.
Mr. Farber noted that there have been other research projects aimed at redesigning the Internet. For example, the National Science Foundation, in addition to supporting the OpenFlow initiative, has financed the Global Environment for Network Innovations, or GENI. Open Flow appears to have generated broad industry support, he said, but it must still prove itself in the market.