Wednesday, April 9, 2008

10,000x-faster Grid to begin embarrassing traditional Internet this summer

Right under our noses, those Swiss wizards have been creating the Grid, a worldwide data network that’s 10,000 times faster than the slow-poke Internet we know today. It’s happening at CERN, that hotbed of technology where Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee got his start.

Seven years in the making, the awash-in-cash Swiss built this network from scratch, using only the latest routers and dedicated fibre optic connections. They've already connected 55,000 servers to The Grid, with another 145,000 set to go online in the next two years.

Don’t hold your breath waiting to use it, though. It’s rolling out this summer, but first only to academic and research institutions. We’re hoping this new Internet 2.0 will be so fast, the current Internet will be embarrassed into speeding up, at least just a little.

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