Scientists at Cern, the research facility behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have created a faster, more instantaneous Internet.

Dubbed ‘The Grid’, the new network uses fibre optic technology to enable its users to download files the size of high definition films in seconds. That’s about 50GB in the time it’s taken you to read this sentence. Put simply, “grid computing allows computers to share power over the Internet, while the Web allows them to share information over the Internet,” according to the Cern Grid website. Research, research, research The Grid, as it exists today, is currently used by research scientists to collate data on the LHC and the masses of information the World’s largest physics experiment is generating. Speaking to The Times, Tony Doyle, technical director of the grid project gave some indication of the scale of change The Grid could bring in. “Holographic video conferencing is not that far away.” “Online gaming could evolve to include many thousands of people, and social networking could become the main way we communicate.” While your average chess-mastering supercomputer can handle the odd barrel-load of information, the LHC is generating so much information that even the most powerful supercomputers would struggle to cope.