An April 6 story (Coming soon: Superfast Internet) from TIMESONLINE, describes a new parallel Internet that will reportedly move information 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection. Called “the grid,” the network is being established by the Cern particle physics center, and will be launched for research purposes on “Red Button” day, when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is switched-on. [image ((Kalmann, Marco. “Cern.” CernMarcokolmann’s Photostream. 29 Jan 2008. 8 Apr 2008 http://flickr.com/photos/marcokalmann/2228792089/.))]
The network is initially being built by Cern to handle that huge amounts of data that will be generated by the super collider, distributing it out to various research centers around the world. One of the goals of the collider will be to locate the Higgs Bison particle. You can look that one up for yourself.
There is no promise that “the grid” will ever become part of our household infrastructure, though information speeds like these will certainly be part of our future. It might be interesting to ask students, the inheritors of this future, to speculate on what they might do with connections capable of sending…
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