At low traffic with a small number of users almost any network protocol will do and even QoS can be managed, as is the case with WiMAX. However, with a great number of competing users or with bursty traffic, the efficiency of WiFi, WiMAX and ZigBee falls sharply and QoS is difficult to guarantee. The Q. does this easily, by applying appropriate scheduling criteria for any application: maximized throughput, minimized energy consumption, and guaranteed priorities for voice and video packets. Benefits also include trustworthy networking to stop network-borne malware and hacking for privacy and security.
This unique solution also provides a migration path to future network architectures, including the Internet. Immediate applications include Body Area Networks for wireless sensors in healthcare and the military, supporting advances in multi-antenna mesh networks.
"We are launching this as an open standard to spur adoption and grow our developer community. Companies in many countries should emerge from our designs, helping us to establish the future of the Internet," said Ether2's Jonathan Gael. "Our technology is the first open source network that is not just a software solution. There are other examples of open source hardware, like the Arduino robotics controller. As Arduino is to robotics and Linux is to operating systems, Ether2 will be at the center of the distributed queueing universe."