Sluggish networks often haunt over mind and thus drag irritation to rule over our comfort zone. To gain that satisfaction, we developed 3G then 4G, now heading towards using 5G. In speeded core connectors to get rid of this tedious network at the final feed; DARPA is targeting a milestone by developing a new network interface that is around a hundred times faster than any other available network.
According to the data obtained by DARPA, processors and memory in a computer or server can roughly attain a general speed of 10^14 bits per second, even networking hardware including fibers and switches can work only up to the same speed.
As DARPA’s Jonathan Smith explains,” Network Interface that connects the machine to external networks, like Intel are the main components that restrict the processors capacity. Presently available Network Interface Cards have speed in the range 10 Mbit/s; 100 Mbit/s; 1 Gbit/s; 10 Gbit/s; up to 160 Gbit/s; which is not yet at its maximum.
A network interface card (NIC) is a hardware component, typically a circuit board or chip connecting the system to different networks. Modern NICs provide the functionality to computers such as support for I/O interrupts, direct memory access (DMA) interfaces, data transmission, network traffic NIC, thus minimizing the time taken to connect different processors of a system. In other words, they are aiming at increasing the speed by a factor of hundred.
The primary need to develop an effective network stack along with expenses is hardware. Moreover, software needs to be synchronized with the high speed. While FastNIC has just sparked, it has kept the libraries related to the project open to any chip in; rather than confining it within Defence Department’s proprietary systems. We are hoping the DARPA would crack the code in year 2 or 3.