The e-commerce and web service provider Amazon wants to make applications for cloud computing faster. Cloud computing is attractive to businesses because it is cost-effective and applications can be done directly on the Internet. Problems arise because of the bottlenecks as soon as you want to transfer larger amounts of data. Long loading times and delays in the processes are the result. The main reason for this is the Internet Protocol TCP (Transmission Transfer Protocol) and its transmission characteristics.
In the future, Amazon will use the so-called "Fast and Secure Protocol" (FASP). It was developed by the US software house Aspera and optimized especially for the transfer of larger amounts of data.
Unlike TCP, the FASP does not wait for the delivery confirmation of packets during transmission, but assumes that all packets are accepted. Only those packets that have actually been marked as lost must be requested again. In addition, instead of many small packages few large ones are dispatched. This considerably speeds up the machining process.
"Our core technology is an alternative protocol for delivering large volumes of information, " said company boss and co-founder of Aspera, Michelle Munson.
The use of FASP is thus suitable for cloud computing applications that need to transfer larger amounts of data within a certain time. For many standard applications in the public cloud, TCP continues to serve well.