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Stanford researchers discover the 'anternet'

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Many times we develop protocols based on watching nature. This time we developed the protocol before extracting it from nature.

    Awesome stuff.


    Stanford researchers discover the 'anternet'

    A collaboration between a Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.


    Deborah Gordon, a biology professor at Stanford, has been studying ants for more than 20 years. When she figured out how the harvester ant colonies she had been observing in Arizona decided when to send out more ants to get food, she called across campus to Balaji Prabhakar, a professor of computer science at Stanford and an expert on how files are transferred on a computer network. At first he didn't see any overlap between his and Gordon's work, but inspiration would soon strike.

    "The next day it occurred to me, 'Oh wait, this is almost the same as how [Internet] protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for transferring a file!'" Prabhakar said. "The algorithm the ants were using to discover how much food there is available is essentially the same as that used in the Transmission Control Protocol."

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  2. Trendnet

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    I expect Apple to patent that any time now, and then sue the ants for stealing.
  3. WPBCowboysFan

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    With discoveries like this it is easy to justify higher tuition costs. :lmao2:
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