Review - Jan 2003
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Neil Gershenfeld and Raffi Krikorian
briefing notes draft: June 11, 2002

Review Ken Sinclair

"the track system was referred to as "Internet 0," because it sought to create a layer below today's Internet that provides a foundation for its interface to the physical world"

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The logical architecture of the building rests on two key beliefs: first, that Internet connectivity must be extended to the most rudimentary components of the building, rather than be mediated through intermediate devices. And second, that each of these elements must contain enough data and processing power to be able to execute and locally reprogram its functions without assuming the existence of another computer. These are both driven by concern for scalability.

While the desirability of Internet connectivity is perhaps obvious, its necessity warrants comment. There are many other standards in use for home and industrial networking, including X10, Lonworks, CAN bus, emWare, BACnet, and CCN. While each of these have merits in the domains for which they were developed, all face some combination of the same scaling problems that the suite of Internet protocols (IP, UDP, TCP, ARP, ...) address: limited interoperability, restrictive embedded assumptions about how they will be used, lack of discovery and routing through hierarchical networks, limited addressing, and proprietary licensing restrictions.

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