Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Super, super fast internet speeds on deck

Mad about how slow your internet connection can be?

Mad, mad speed is in the future.

A group of researchers out of the University of Tokyo broke Internet speed records twice in two days in December.

The researchers got up to 7.67 gigabits per second using standard communication protocols.

The next day, with modified protocols, they got up to 9.08 gigabits per second.

What does all that mumbo-jumbo mean?

You could theoritically one day download a high-def version of "The Matrix" in a few seconds instead of hours.

And get this: the Internet2 consortium, which includes more than 200 U.S. universities, is planning to build a new network with a capacity of 100 gigabits per second.

What it really means is that you might not ever go to Blockbuster to rent a movie again. By the time, you went and got back, i could've downloaded -- itunes style -- a month's worth of high-def films.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's very nice indeed, but the "Blockbusters" of our world won't let this happen anytime soon. At least, not in the U.S.