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Grid of 100,000 computers heralds new internet dawn

The Grid is coming
A network of supercomputers called the Grid will allow information to be downloaded quicker than ever. Tasks that took hours will now take seconds


A network of 100,000 computers providing the greatest data processing capacity
yet unleashed has been created to cope with information pouring from the
world’s largest machine.


The Grid is the latest evolution of the internet and the world wide web and
computer scientists will announce on Friday that it is ready to be connected
to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).


It is designed for schemes where huge quantities of data need crunching, such
as large research and engineering projects. The Grid has the kind of power
required to download movies in seconds, and the ability to make
high-definition video phone calls for the same price as a local call. More
importantly, it should help to narrow the search for cures for diseases.
However, it is unlikely to be directly available to most internet users
until telecoms providers build the fibre-optic network required to use it.

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