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A project started by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications with the goal to deliver speeds greater than the (current average of) 10 MB/s for broadband users.
Web100 has found that the problem lies into the 'host system software (principally TCP) that is optimized for low bandwidth environments and the lack of effective instrumentation and tools to diagnose performance issues at the end hosts'.
Web100 is promising to create software that deals with the speed problems by refining the TCP software, initially under Linux.
Currently 21 researchers at Stanfords and Berkely are testing software (released March 21, 2001) from the Web100 project.

Additional info at http://www.web100.org/

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