17.04.2020 | https://www.facebook.com/iitcnrpisa

Can Internet break? Internet resists everything, even coronavirus

On Friday, 17 April at 5 pm, Mr. Luciano Lenzini (University of Pisa), Mr. Marco Conti (Director of the CNR-IIT and Head of Registro .it), Mr. Andrea Passarella (CNR-IIT) and Mr. Claudio Cicconetti (CNR-IIT) will talk about it live on CNR-IIT’s Facebook Page

“This basic architecture is 50 years old, and everyone is online. And the thing is not collapsing.”

These are the words of Vinton Cerf, one of the most famous “father” of the Internet, who, a few days ago, commented with enthusiasm on a fact that we currently have before our eyes: the Net lives through these difficult weeks; it sometimes slows down, but never falls, despite the unexpected and constant traffic loads. 

Therefore, while we understand that the Internet has become a primary commodity, essential for our daily life, to work, to inform, to entertain and to keep us in touch with people who live far away, many observers are wondering whether the Net will resist until the end of this long emergency, which will be Internet’s growth prospects for the next few years and what lessons we will learn.

But why is it impossible to "break the Internet"? How was the structure referred to by Cerf, so resilient when faced today’s difficulties, designed fifty years ago? And how does the "new" Net, located on the edge of the basic infrastructure, made up of smartphones and devices, integrate with this structure? These are some of the research topics that the CNR of Pisa have always pursued, since the famous years of activity of Cnuce Institute and the studies on networking that allowed CNR to activate the first Internet connection in Italy on 30 April 1986.

Nowadays, the studies on the networks and technologies on which the Internet of the future will be based, from 5G to the Internet quantum, continue at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics. And here, along with that, there is Registro .it, the registry of domain names managed by the IIT, which guarantees the correct functioning of the addresses of the Network.