Tessares & UCL win prestigious prize as they lead the way with Multipath TCP development

UCL Belgium & Tessares SA have collaborated to win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP), awarded by the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), for their paper entitled “SMAPP: Towards Smart Multipath TCP-enabled Applications”.

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The paper proposes enhancements to the performance of Multipath TCP via the automatic detection and closing of poor performing connections and the opening of new replacement connections. This feature is essential when bonding together stable fixed networks with less stable mobile networks, as in hybrid bonding, and laid the foundation for Tessares' Path Manager. The IRTF received 53 nominations and chose SMAPP and five other winners based on a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence, substance, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet.

About the IRTF: The IRTF is the research arm of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IRTF develops techniques and protocols that could become Internet standards in the future. The IRTF also closely monitors research publications and every year selects for the ANRP the published papers that are likely to influence standardisation within the IETF.

About tessares

Tessares is a spin-off from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium where researchers have over a period of many years greatly contributed to the design, implementation and standardisation of a new Internet protocol: Multipath TCP (MPTCP) which is an evolution of TCP, invented 40 years ago and used for over 90% of the world’s Internet traffic. In comparison to alternative solutions, MPTCP offers many benefits in particular in terms of deployability, being simpler and cheaper to commercialise. Although any IP network can be bonded, the initial focus of the company is Hybrid bonding of xDSL & 4G networks for Home/Office Gateways. Tessares is headquartered in Belgium with development and sales teams in Belgium and the UK.

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