The "father of the Internet" thinks software-defined networking might be just the thing to improve upon his imperfect creation. Speaking recently in California, Google's Vint Cerf said that by eliminating the need for a physical port to receive packets, open standards such as the SDN OpenFlow protocol, as well as content-based routing, may be better suited to the modern collaborative Internet. "If you want things to interoperate, standards are important," Cerf said. "That's not to say you can't explore new ideas, but when you want something big to happen, then you need to think about standards."

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