FRAMINGHAM (10/16/2003) - Avici Systems Inc. last week unveiled software designed to reduce the time its routers take to recover from a network disruption. The software feature is called Reliable Alternate Paths for Internet Destinations (RAPID), and it is included in Avici's IPriori 6.0 routing code. RAPID is intended to improve the convergence times of networks built with its Internet routers. RAPID also lets carriers offer higher margin "premium" Internet Protocol services and better support real-time applications such as voice and video, Avici says. The technology also can help carriers reduce operational costs by minimizing service disruptions and the associated customer service and maintenance activities, the company says.