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Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light

Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light is a multi-duplicitous communication protocol (MDCP) used to configure wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the fly. The Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light protocol is based on a naturally occurring form of a partial mesh network, a network topology known for offering redundancy. Much like the technology used in fiber optics, Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light relies on low-powered pulse emitters that require the signal to be repeated at distance intervals.

Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light specifies a way for all the nodes in the network to be within a direct line of sight from each other in three dimensions, a topology known as spherical communications space (SCS). Within that space, local network nodes self-organize much like they do in an ad-hoc Bluetooth network. Each network is known as a swarm. The swarm will stay locked in asynchronous communication as nodes join or leave the network. Security coding is by mutual assent of the communicators, since any intruder can readily monitor all transmissions. Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light relies on free space optical (FSO) bioluminescence, a point-to-point medium perfected by Lampyridae.

The IEEE has wasted no time in beginning the standardization process, designating the Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light communications protocol with the name FiFli and establishing a FiFli forum to work out the details of 802.something-or-other. Two sub-committees representing both open-source and proprietary vendors are currently locked in debate over what to name the signaling metric. One group is pushing for "Natural Optical Wavelength Access Yield." The other group wants the simplified designator "Wavelength Access Yield." It is expected that the NOWAY-WAY debate will be raging for some time. In an effort to reach a compromise, expert John Shepler has determined that the initial standards draft will be designated Asynchronous Pulsed Radiated Incident Light-One (APRIL-1).

This was last updated in March 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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