The Importance of Optimizing User Experiences for Internet of Things and Cloud Applications

IoT and Cloud ApplicationsJoe rises early as he has a busy day ahead of him. The first thing he does is reach for the smart baby monitor on his nightstand. The visual feed tells him that his 3-month-old daughter is still sleeping soundly,and the temperature display for the nursery lets him know that the baby is neither too hot nor too cold.
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Our CTO, Karl Auerbach, on the Internet of Things

team-member2NTIA has published a Notice for Public comment that is titled “The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things”. This could become ICANN-2, bigger, longer, and uncut; and with a much greater impact on the future direction of the internet.

However, my thoughts on this go well beyond the possibility of another ICANN.

The phrase “internet of things” really bothers me. The internet has always been about things.
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Scott’s Rule of Documentation Efficiency

How well is the documentation for a product written? What is the measure of “documentation efficiency”?

Given a problem with trying to use a product feature, what is the probability that you can find the answer to the problem by looking in the documentation, without having to search through stackoverflow?

If the percentage is less than 50%, it means you are better off searching through stackoverflow first, before using the documentation. The documentation efficiency is, thus, not good.

P.S. Scott is one of our engineers.

InterWorking Labs Quarterly Update: Winter 2016

KMAX-BLUEWelcome to the InterWorking Labs Winter Update. Read on to see our latest news and events.

InterWorking Labs’ New KMAX Network Emulator – Test Your App in the Cloud

The new KMAX Network Emulator offers a library of network scenarios, a modern web interface, automated changes to network conditions over time, graphs, charts, and tables, and a highly sophisticated, highly customizable set of standard and advanced impairments.
InterWorking Labs, developers of network emulators and protocol testers, announced the new KMAX network emulator. KMAX helps engineers test an app or device under adverse network conditions, in the lab, prior to deployment
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InterWorking Labs Quarterly Update: Fall 2015

Welcome to the InterWorking Labs Fall Update. Read on to see our latest news and events.


Testing the quality of TCP/IP inside a satellite network

Our newest client, VT iDirect transforms the way the world gets and stays connected. As a global leader in IP-based satellite communications, VT iDirect provides technology and solutions to enable service providers and partners optimize their networks. Continue reading InterWorking Labs Quarterly Update: Fall 2015

Behind the scenes at the DARPA Robotics Finals: degrading the network

View from the Network Operations Center during the DARPA Robotics Finals

Much has been written about the robots, the competition, and the tasks at the DARPA Robotics Finals.  This article examines the unique elements of the Network Operations Center (NOC) and the Degraded Communications.  InterWorking Labs was part of the network infrastructure team preparing for the finals for 20 months prior to the event.  Here is our unique perspective. Continue reading Behind the scenes at the DARPA Robotics Finals: degrading the network

InterWorking Labs’ Maxwell Pro at DARPA Robotics Challenge Test Bed

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Key issues: robots’ handling of burst traffic, port numbers, and bandwidth limitation

InterWorking Labs, experts in network emulation and degraded communications solutions, tested its Maxwell Pro Network Emulator at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Test Bed at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina in March 2015. Continue reading InterWorking Labs’ Maxwell Pro at DARPA Robotics Challenge Test Bed

Quick Review of Dell Precision M3800 With Ubuntu Linux

quick-review-of-dell-precision-m3800-with-ubuntu-linuxIWL Goes Shopping for a 4K Laptop – Checks out Dell Precision M3800

I’ve been looking for a new laptop for a while.

My old machine is a Lenovo T500 running Fedora 20 Linux. It is a wonderful machine, but it is getting old and dim. I’ve replaced the hard drive several times, the battery is on its N-th life, and I’ve blown though several power bricks. Continue reading Quick Review of Dell Precision M3800 With Ubuntu Linux

Fedora 16 NFS issue

Here at IWL we use Fedora Linux rather heavily.

Recently we noticed a problem with Fedora 16 that caused us a lot of trouble.  So we though it might be a good idea to make a public note of what happened and how we solved it.

The system in question is Fedora 16. Generally we use the 64-bit versions, but we would not think that this issue is any different on 32-bit platforms.

We use NFS file servers, such as the Netgear ReadyNAS units. Continue reading Fedora 16 NFS issue