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Review Ken Sinclair
"the track system was referred to as "Internet 0," because it sought to create a layer below today's Internet that provides a foundation for its interface to the physical world"
What the heck are they talking about?
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From the above web site
The logical architecture of the building rests on two key beliefs: first, that Internet connectivity must be extended to the most rudimentary components of the building, rather than be mediated through intermediate devices. And second, that each of these elements must contain enough data and processing power to be able to execute and locally reprogram its functions without assuming the existence of another computer. These are both driven by concern for scalability.
While the desirability of Internet connectivity is perhaps obvious, its necessity warrants comment. There are many other standards in use for home and industrial networking, including X10, Lonworks, CAN bus, emWare, BACnet, and CCN. While each of these have merits in the domains for which they were developed, all face some combination of the same scaling problems that the suite of Internet protocols (IP, UDP, TCP, ARP, ...) address: limited interoperability, restrictive embedded assumptions about how they will be used, lack of discovery and routing through hierarchical networks, limited addressing, and proprietary licensing restrictions.
These significant points are made by the pictorial web pages
complete Internet node can be implemented with a few hundred bytes of code
What makes this possible is "delayering": most of the code and complexity in the Internet stack in a conventional computer
most intriguing aspect of a programmable building lies in the intersection of its logical and physical architecture. Right now there is a clear division of labor, with one architect determining the character of the physical space, and another the organization of its network and computing. But as these components become more tightly integrated, so will their functions. Inevitably, this will lead to a richer notion of "architect", as the designer of the space can also shape the look and feel of active aspects including illumination and modes of interaction, while the work of the designer of the network can be seen in physical as well as digital worlds.
The next important step came with the arrival of H. Shrikumar, who is notable for having squeezed a complete Web server into a few hundred bytes of code and fit it into an 8-bit 8-pin processor that costs about a dollar in commodity quantities.
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