The World Wide Web began as a CERN project called ENQUIRE, initiated by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and Robert Cailliau back in 1990. The Web has now grown so big that it is considered one of the biggest inventions in the world. The world now is crazy about the CERN’s discovery of Higgs Boson-like particle. Apart from the revolution it can make to physics, the project can result in a big leap in computing and internet.
The experiment used LHC computing grid to provide global computing resource to store, distribute and analyse the 15 Petabytes (15 million Gigabytes) of data annually generated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN on the Franco-Swiss border. The infrastructure built by integrating thousands of computers and storage systems in hundreds of data centres worldwide enables a collaborative computing environment on a scale never seen before.
A big challenge for the project was recording and analysing the volume of data produced at the LHC. For this purpose, Swapan Sen and Sandeep Sarkar of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, developed a prototype of chip named MANAS (Multiplex Analogue Signal Processor), in 1997, which took them 11 years. Some 80,000 MANAS chips were supplied to the LHC. MANAS’s high speed and vast recording capacity could help speed up personal computers by 10,000 times and boosting internet speed phenomenally.
The Higgs Boson experiment can bring light to a lot of mysteries in the world of Physics. Along with this, the invention of new chips and speed-up of computing power can revolutionize the world of computer-science and Artificial intelligence.