IRLP stands for the Internet Radio Linking Project and started in 1997 specifically to link repeaters across Canada. The first attempt failed and was shut down a year later. It was later revised to address the issues that plagued it.
The software operates on a Linux operating system. It utilizes special hardware and software to create high-quality audio through the links.
The aim of IRLP is to reliably and inexpensively link amateur radio systems without the use of RF links, leased lines, or satellites. IRLP operates a worldwide network of dedicated servers and nodes offering very stable worldwide voice communications between hundreds of towns and cities.