Google engineers are developing a unique congestion control algorithm that would, upon integration, be capable of speeding up the entire internet.
As technology continues to advance at unprecedented speed, it sometimes seems as though the internet can’t seem to sustain up. whether we could improve internet speeds, however, it could allow emerging technology to flourish, as well as speed up research that’s already ongoing. Engineers at Google well understand the desire for faster internet, and gain taken it upon themselves to ramp it up. The company plans to achieve this by creating a unique congestion control algorithm, BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time).
BBR, an algorithm that was standardized back in the 1980s, detects when a network is overwhelmed and responds by slowing down data transfers. The algorithm might not seem totality that meaningful, but it actually plays a huge role in internet speed. BBR is currently allowing companies and individuals that employ Google’s Cloud Platform to access it and the speed that comes with it. But Google wants to remove this algorithm one step further by publicly publishing it, and incorporating it into the TCP transmission standard. That high-tail would gain a ripple effect across the entire internet.