Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

The Grid

Posted by redsatellite on April 8, 2008

The need for speed.

That’s what it ALL comes down to. When I sit down to my computer, I HAVE TO HAVE speed. Otherwise, I get irritable. I get DYSPEPTIC. Surly. Peevish. Yes friends dare I say- irascible. Well hold on to your megabytes, this just in, help is on the way!

The internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds. At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

David Britton, professor of physics at Glasgow University and a leading figure in the grid project, believes grid technologies could “revolutionise” society. “With this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine,” he said. 

And I thought my DSL connection was sweet. Ha!

The power of the grid will become apparent this summer after what scientists at Cern have termed their “red button” day – the switching-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid will be activated at the same time to capture the data it generates. Cern, based near Geneva, started the grid computing project seven years ago when researchers realised the LHC would generate annual data equivalent to 56m CDs – enough to make a stack 40 miles high.

 

Technology is on the move like never before.

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