Marimba, Netscape, Novell, Sun and @Home have submitted a new protocol to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that they hope will decrease bandwidth congestion through more efficient replication of data across the Internet.
The Distribution and Replication Protocol (DRP) is an enhancement to HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) intended to cut down on the amount of data transferred over the Internet. DRP will let users send only relevant updates to a file across the Internet, thereby eliminating the need to send a whole file with a number of changes.
DRP draws on key elements of Marimba's Castanet push technology, which manages the distribution of software to the desktop, and Marimba plans to use the new protocol for software distribution. Other companies backing DRP, which contains an algorithm for synchronising caching between servers, will incorporate the protocol for HTTP caching and file system replication, according to speakers at a press conference in New York during the Java Internet Business Expo.
W3C's members will need to ratify the protocol before it can be called a standard, but the consortium's head predicted a speedy acceptance of the protocol. W3C director Tim Berners-Lee said that support for the protocol will bring it out "rapidly and effectively."
The absence of key players such as Microsoft. from today's press conference in New York should not lead to doubts on the future acceptance of the protocol, said Berners-Lee.
Information about the DRP submission can be found on the Web at http://www.marimba.com/standards/drp.html/.