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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Web Revolution

Web 2.0 is now matuaring to Web 3.0
If you're looking for warp speed, Australian researcher and maths whiz John Papandriopoulos might just be the man to help you.

As part of his PhD at Melbourne University, Papandriopoulos found a way to make the internet work faster using an algorithm to cut out the background noise that slows the web down. It could amp our internet connection from the current 1 to 10Mgps, to around 100Mgps, at least ten times faster.

"Other people have come up with similar solution, but most of them have been impractical and the algorithm too hard to implement," he says.

"I looked at the problem a different way, and using maths I came up with techniques to avoid the complicated bottlenecks."

With commercial backing by Melbourne University, Papandriopoulos's algorithm may rev up our internet connections in the very near future.

For groups like Netflix, who stream movies online to paying customers this is exciting stuff. Netflix founder Reed Hastings told a tech conference last year that, for his outfit, improved speed would signal a new era of the internet - Web 3.0.

"Web 1.0 was dial-up, 50K average bandwidth, Web 2.0 is an average 1 megabit of bandwidth and Web 3.0 will be 10 megabits of bandwidth all the time, which will give us the full video web, and that will feel like Web 3.0," said Hastings.

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