Forskerne har utviklet et nytt internett som er mange lysår bedre enn dagens. På det nye nettet vil det ta noen sekunder å laste ned en film. Nettet er et resultat av arbeidet med den nye store partikkelakseleratoren til Cern, LHC, i Sveits.

Akseleratoren skal hjelpe vitenskapen å forstå universets tilblivelse. Men da forskerne forsto at LHC ville generere informasjon nok til å fylle 56 millioner CD-planer i året, begynte de å tenke i nye baner. Resultatet ble et nytt internett, som kalles «grid-internett».


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.
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.

One terminates at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

From each centre, further connections radiate out to a host of other research institutions using existing high-speed academic networks.

It means Britain alone has 8,000 servers on the grid system – so that any student or academic will theoretically be able to hook up to the grid rather than the internet from this autumn.

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.

Coming soon: superfast internet