NETSCOUT Launches Deep Packet Inspection Consortium

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS INC. has launched the DPI Consortium, a non-profit organization established to improve patent quality and deter frivolous patent claims. The consortium provides resources to support and advance deep packet inspection (DPI) technology by making research and development resources available.

Resources include prior art and information about pioneering developments in DPI technology, including hard-to-find product data sheets, articles, patents, and web pages from the Internet Archive.

Understanding the history of DPI technology and its role in modern networks helps companies advance their technology and fend off spurious claims against their development.

In addition, DPI technology is used in service assurance products that safeguard the health of the network and the applications that run over it. The technology is a core component of critical cybersecurity products, such as next-generation firewalls, DDoS mitigation products, and cybersecurity threat hunting and incident response tools.

As the Guardian of the Connected World, NETSCOUT envisioned making its knowledge of early DPI advances available publicly and encouraging the same from other pioneering companies. As a result, it founded and funded the DPI Consortium.

The consortium assembled a stellar advisory board to help guide its mission of improving patent quality and assisting innovators in defending their innovations. The consortium’s advisory board includes seven luminaries from the world of networking, including:

  • Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google;
  • Laura Chappell, Author and Protocol Analyst/CEO, Protocol Analysis Institute, Inc. and Chappell University;
  • Gerald Combs, Original developer of the Wireshark open-source project;
  • Tim O’Neill, Chief of technology and contributing editor for the NetworkDataPedia website;
  • Mike Pennacchi, Owner and Lead Network Analyst, Network Protocol Specialists, LLC;
  • Len Shustek, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA;
  • Joe Sutherland, former president of Dyaptive Systems;

For more membership information, contact the DPI Consortium.