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Titan Photonics Allows for Faster Speeds via Congestion Control

November 18, 2016

People commonly assume that you need more bandwidth for faster performance. But that’s not necessarily the case, says Greg Gum, COO at Titan Photonics. By addressing the inefficiencies of TCP/IP, he explains, you can get better results without oodles and oodles of bandwidth.

The company currently known as Titan Photonics (it expects to rebrand shortly) allows for that with its software-defined optics technology. This intelligent software allows for latency reductions in excess of 60 percent and up to 300 percent improvements in throughput via congestion control. It does that by optimizing Layer 4 congestion control in a standard Linux stack and maximizes to the greatest speed that can be achieved on a given connection.

Privately-funded Titan Photonics, which has been around since 2005, was founded by some Berkeley guys with an interest in fiber optic components for large-scale service provider deployments. The company, which has customers and revenue, got its start offering all-in-one optical solutions that can go into any vendor’s box. Now the company is moving up to Layer 4 and doing optimization for congestion control.

Comcast and Verizon (FioS) are among Titan Photonics’ existing service provider customers. The company also caters to transportation providers – like installers and managers of subway systems that are deploying Wi-Fi, and to vendors such as Cisco Systems.

Companies that are distributing or uploading videos or other rich media tap Titan Photonics to avoid delays. A large cellphone manufacturer is employing the new solution to improve the uploading experience it delivers. It is also being used in a video server within a video distribution network.

CDNs, companies that deal in very high-speed applications like high frequency trading and remote video learning applications, and select systems integrators are go-to-market partners for Titan Photonics.

Edited by Alicia Young

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