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Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Grid - super fast "cloud" computing

from the london sunday times...
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.

The latest spin-off from Cern [CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research*], the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.


[T]he grid has been built with dedicated fibre optic cables and modern routing centres, meaning there are no outdated components to slow the deluge of data.


That network, in effect a parallel internet, is now built, using fibre optic cables that run from Cern to 11 centres in the United States, Canada, the Far East, Europe and around the world.


Ian Bird, project leader for Cern’s high-speed computing project, said grid technology could make the internet so fast that people would stop using desktop computers to store information and entrust it all to the internet.

“It will lead to what’s known as cloud computing, where people keep all their information online and access it from anywhere,” he said.

Computers on the grid can also transmit data at lightning speed. This will allow researchers facing heavy processing tasks to call on the assistance of thousands of other computers around the world. The aim is to eliminate the dreaded “frozen screen” experienced by internet users who ask their machine to handle too much information.

bring it on...

the internet and its associated technologies and applications has already radically changed the way i communicate and conduct personal and professional business, and has become, in so many ways that it's frightening to think about, totally integral to the way i live my life...

it's no exaggeration to say that my computer and the internet is now my desk, my shopping mall, my newspaper, my television, my telephone, my desk, my filing cabinet, my bank, my post office, my library, my bookstore, my radio, my music library, my means of self-expression, my tool for political activism, my conference room, my office, my business address, my travel agent, my entertainment guide and venue, my movie theater, my concert hall, my sports stadium (if i paid any attention at all to sports, that is), my weather forecast, the map i use to find out where i am and where i'm going, my travel guide, my yellow pages, my phone directory, my dictionary, my thesaurus, my source for language translation, my notepad, my publisher, my public relations and marketing agent, my career guide, my employment resource, my investment advisor, my health care guide, my social network, my professional association, and so much more... and that's the scarey part... without my computer and the internet, all of the above go away...

from wikipedia...

* Most of the activities at CERN are currently directed towards building a new collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the experiments for it. The LHC represents a large-scale, worldwide scientific cooperation project. Physics experiments are expected to start May 2008, delayed due to an inner triplet magnet assembly failing a pressure test in March 2007.

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