Swan: Small-world Wide Area Networking

Fred B. Holt and Virgil Bourassa, Panthesis, Inc.

ABSTRACT, As an alternative to client-server architectures, we have developed the Swan technology to support real-time interactive applications. Providing a balanced multicast capability for ad hoc communities, Swan weaves computer processes into a fabric of TCP/IP connections. Using only local knowledge, these Swan fabrics weave in new arrivals and repair around departures.

Our Swan solution for ad hoc networks is near-optimal. Swan retains high reliability and logarithmic latency. Latencies scale better than log-base-2 in the number of participants. Swan handles multiple simultaneous arrivals and departures. Swan enforces strong authentication but also provides other opportunities for security.

This patented technology is currently used for collaborative design reviews, meetings, multiplayer games and public safety networks.

Contact Fred B. Holt fholt@panthesis.com