Mark.JUK writes "In the rush towards ever faster broadband speeds we often forget that there are other considerations for internet performance. In particular latency (i.e. ping times), which effectively reflects the time (a delay most often displayed in milliseconds) that it takes for a networked server or device to respond, can influence the performance of time-sensitive internet applications like multiplayer games, financial transactions, video streaming and voip etc.
The University of Aberdeen in Scotland apparently has a number of "smart software tweaks" in mind that could help to cut internet latency by targeting improvements at the “large buffers hidden inside network equipment" (e.g. routers). As a result it's now joined a consortium of other like-minded groups, including British Telecom (BT) and Alcatel-Lucent, on a new project called Reducing Internet Transport Latency (RITE) that has been backed by 3.57 Million Euros from the European Union (EU) and aims to one day make high pings a thing of the past."
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