Maths whiz supercharges the net

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An Australian maths whiz has found a way to make the internet faster than what it is today. Dr John Papandriopoulos, from the University of Melbourne, is on the way to Silicon Valley after developing a way to reduce electromagnetic interference that slows down ADSL connection speeds.

ADSL connection speeds are usually between 1 and 20 Mbps; but if Dr. Papandriopoulos’ technology is successfully commercialized, the internet speeds could be as 100 times better.

Stanford University engineering professor John Cioffi, known by many as the ‘father of DSL’, was one of the external experts that were reviewing the research. He was so impressed that he offered the 29-year-old a job at his start-up company, ASSIA, which is developing ways to optimise the performance of DSL networks.

Dr. Papandriopoulos has already applied for two patents for his technology. He is set to leave in two weeks, after earning University of Melbourne’s Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence for the development.

Melbourne Ventures, the commercial arm of the University of Melbourne, has started selling the technology to vendors of DSL equipment so they can ship it to the ISPs to place in their exchanges.

Dr. Papandriopoulos said that others were researched the same area as he was, but his got the attention as it was practical and easier to implement. If successful, Dr. Papandriopoulos expects it to be implemented by Internet Service providers by two to three years.