Scientists abuzz over more efficient Web servers

Barbara Christopher
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MSNBC - December 16, 2007
An intricate honeybee dance has generated a big buzz among scientists by serving as the model for an Internet server system that adapts in response to changing user demand. By studying the famous honeybee waggle dance that communicates the location of top-notch nectar, researchers have designed a more efficient server system that also benefits Web surfers by cutting down on frustrating delays in accessing newly popular sites. Initial tests by collaborators at the Georgia Tech's ISyE and the United Kingdom's University of Oxford showed that the bee-like way of homing in on sweet spots improved a Web-hosting company's revenue by up to 20 percent. "It is amazing how inspiring the natural world can be," said ISyE Professor Craig Tovey.

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