Ant-inspired Internet – the ‘Anternet’ – may be coming soon

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 27, 2012   View Article

Ants get stuff done without anyone in control. Understanding how they do what they do could help us design more robust and efficient networks, according to a biologist who studies ant colony behavior.

A recent study shows that harvester ants, for example, regulate how many ants are out searching for food in a way that resembles how Internet protocols regulate the amount of data being transferred according to the amount of available bandwidth.

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