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Old 7th April 2008, 13:31   #1
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Default Internet? Baah! Superfast *GRID* coming soon

The same guys that developed the web are ready to unleash "the grid" this summer. Data transfer rate through the grid is expected to be upto 10,000 faster than the internet!! Imagine downloading full movies in only a couple of seconds.

Are page load times and 3 hour file downloads a thing of the past? Imagine a time when we see videos with people speaking out their comments, instead of written posts in Team-BHP threads!

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The Internet could soon be made obsolete by "the grid.” The lightning-fast replacement will be 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.

The latest spinoff from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the Web, 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.
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Given that a 256 kbps unlimited connection costs about 1000 bucks here, the thousand times faster GRID may cost a bomb!

I will be more happy if the ISPs here could provide atleast 2mbps unlimited @ 1k on the normal broadband.
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Cost is not a consideration in the long run, DCEite. As with most new technologies which have the potential of mass adoption, pricing will eventually come down. Cell phones, internet, air travel....the list goes on.
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Given that a 256 kbps unlimited connection costs about 1000 bucks here, the thousand times faster GRID may cost a bomb!

I will be more happy if the ISPs here could provide atleast 2mbps unlimited @ 1k on the normal broadband.
We get 384 kbps for the same Rs. 1000 unlimited here, thanks to Airtel
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Envy people in Japan for the sheer bandwidth that they are having access to.

Even if the Grid is made available, I guess India will have to wait for the technology to come down here.
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Wow.
So is this going to become something like the Hollywood Sci-fi stories? Wherein one corporation controls the world (read USA). Apparently CERN would be the hub for this network.
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yaar hold on a sec, inka apna LHC toh chalu hua ni. uska sab kuch chala nahin.

but yes, it'll be fricken fast. and the grid is really about network computing/storage - the routing is a byproduct. that ways, another such fantastic network is the Googleplex.

The grid coming to our homes - i'll let my children see that day
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It will take time to upgrade the whole thing.
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Will take long time to reach india, wherein still 8 MB/s is just launched !! But this is something very admirable
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Speed is just one of the things that the grid will provide, it is more about resource sharing / distributed computing.
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So is this going to become something like the Hollywood Sci-fi stories? Wherein one corporation controls the world (read USA). Apparently CERN would be the hub for this network.
But CERN is not in USA. CERN stands for European Organization for Nuclear Research.
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CERN is based out of Geneva.
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I do not see any thing regarding the GRID in the CERN website AND how is a particle physics labarotory connected to internet?
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Fiery,

See funda is as follows. You have this humongously large (like 27km long tunnel, with raidus of few tens of M) tunnel in which uber uber uber tiny particles will be accelerated to the speed of light.

Now, IFF you want to study the existence/behavior of a ultra sub particle that'll exist for 1 billionth of a second or even lesser, then it necessitates a scheme of data collectors that can acquire data rapidly at that speeds all along, and funnel it into a networked RAID at speeds WAY faster than what we ever did previously.

So Imp is right - its more shared resources really. The network is just the enabler, and will take lotsa time for that expensive infra to get replicated.
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It'll take long time for us to have necessary infrastructure for utilizing it (isn't it supposed to be available in fibre or something)?
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