Delay-Tolerant Networking work:
Saratoga Bundle Protocol work Interplanetary Internet work HTTP-DTN
Work done with colleagues at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and NASA Glenn Research Center.
Vint Cerf, T-shirt (de?)signer.
We have done considerable work in the area of delay- and disruption-tolerant networking (DTN), building on our initial co-operation around testing CLEO, the Cisco router in Low Earth Orbit. We are the first to test the "Bundle Protocol," intended for the Interplanetary Internet, in outer space.
Our work, also described in video presentations, includes:
- a fast data transfer protocol, originally developed at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and taken to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for public scrutiny.
- Bundle Protocol work
- We have undertaken theoretical analysis and assessed the Internet Research Task Force Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group's preferred approach of the Bundle Protocol, found drawbacks, and have proposed workarounds.
- Interplanetary Internet work
We have performed practical work in testing the Internet in space, and in being the first to test IPv6 and the Bundle Protocol in space.
- We have proposed HTTP-DTN as an alternative, simple, approach to delay-tolerant networking, leveraging existing popular HTTP and MIME protocols and the applications that use them.
Our work has received media coverage:
- Hosted Payload Pioneered Internet in Space, Surrey Satellite Technology US blog, 30 October 2012.
- The future of the Internet in space, SSTL space blog, 4 November 2011.
- Researching computer networking for space applications, University of Surrey video, 21 July 2011.
- Double honour for space researchers in prestigious Sir Arthur Clarke awards, University of Surrey press release, 15 June 2011.
- Nominees shortlisted for Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, UK Space Agency press release, 14 June 2011.
- TIME's Best Inventions of 2008: #9 The Orbital Internet, Jeremy Caplan et al., Time Magazine, vol. 179 no. 19, 10 November 2008.
- Bits in space, Philip Baczewski, Network Connection, Benchmarks Online, University of North Texas, October 2008.
- Killer ap, In Orbit, Frank Morring, Jr. (ed.), Aviation Week and Space Technology, 29 September 2008, p. 18.
- Delay-tolerant networking tested, Joab Jackson, Government Computer News, 24 September 2008.
- Spaced-out Internet, Physics Buzz, Physics Central, 12 September 2008.
- Tests underway of interplanetary internet, Matthew Sparkes, PC Pro, 12 September 2008.
- UK-DMC satellite first to transfer sensor data from space using 'bundle' protocol, press release from SSTL and from the University of Surrey, 11 September 2008.