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A method of sharing data 10,000 times faster than broadband could spell the end of the internet, it has been suggested.

The grid - as it is known - works using fibre-optic cables and modern routers and will soon be activated for its primary purpose of collecting the colossal amounts of data created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, which is the world's biggest particle accelerator.

According to the Times, a vast number of servers across the world are attached to the grid to share the load of processing the information generated by the LHC. In the future, this network could be used by consumers to transport data at a rate inconceivable on traditional broadband networks.

"The grid will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds," the publication suggests.

Such a solution may be of interest to providers struggling with delivering high-speed internet services.

According to the Observer, the current growth in online video content is putting considerable strain on broadband providers and could eventually lead to a global information standstill as networks fail to take the strain.

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