IBM goes to BAT for Internet quality

IBM Corp. has launched Bandwidth Allocation Technology (BAT), a system designed to improve the quality and speed of information traveling across the Internet and other networks, the company announced on Monday.

BAT consists of just 100 lines of software code that helps to deliver jitter-free video, uninterrupted electronic business transactions and an enhanced Internet experience, IBM said in a statement.

Current networking limitations mean service providers have to over plan for anticipated traffic, often wasting valuable capacity. BAT, which runs on IBM’s PowerNP network processor, intelligently assigns bandwidth to different communications, according to IBM.

The network processor and BAT can more simply and efficiently assign available bandwidth, helping service providers move more information over their network infrastructures, IBM said.

IBM plans to include BAT on the copper-based PowerNP NP4GS3 network processor, available to customers in sample quantities this year. IBM will demonstrate the bandwidth management software at the Networld+Interop trade show in Atlanta during the week of Sept. 25, IBM said.

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