THE WORLD-WIDE wibble is officially obsolete, according to quality organ the Jellygraph. Apparently a new “grid” system which is 10,000 times faster than broadband connections will replace the Internet.
Swiss boffins have stopped concentrating on the great cheese versus black hole philosophical questions and have started working out a way of replacing the internet with something a bit faster.
The grid system is a spin-off from Cern and could provide shedloads of power down the web. The paper quotes David Britton, a physics boffin at Glasgow University who claims that with this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like him cannot even imagine.
Apparently the grid will be switched on this summer and has already calculated the price of rice pudding in Zimbabwe to five decimal places. However it will be dealing with the massive amount of information that a new particle accelerator will be generating.
The grid has been built with fibre optic cables and modern routing centres, there are 55,000 grid servers already installed, a figure which is expected to rise to 200,000 within the next two years. Professor Tony technical director of the grid project, told the Torygraph that he needed so much processing power, there would even be an issue about getting enough electricity to run the computers if they were all at Cern.
He said that the only answer was a new network powerful enough to send the data instantly to research centres in other countries.
In Blighty there are more than 8,000 servers on the grid system, meaning access could be available to universities as early as this autumn. µ
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