A new Internet2 Speed Record set

By Julio Franco
Sep 3, 2004
  1. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the European Organization for Nuclear Research set a new land-speed record for Internet2 boosting up to 859 gigabytes of data in less than 17 minutes. The average data rate was measured at 6.63 gigabits per second between CERN's facility in Geneva, Switzerland and Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., a distance of more than 15,766 kilometers, or approximately 9,800 miles.

    Internet2 is a second-generation network serving universities and research institutes.

    Researchers aren't the only ones excited about blazing data speeds. This record speed of 6.63Gbps is equivalent to transferring a full-length DVD movie in four seconds. There are uses in astronomy, bioinformatics, global climate modeling and seismology, as well as commercial applications from entertainment to oil and gas exploration.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Hah, Internet2, how orgional.
  3. 080788//

    7gig a SECOND? Thats faster than a low-latency A64 memory array - and thats talking about latencies of about 40ms and trace lengths of 3cms. That must be one hell of a set up to transmit/receieve the data that fast. More interestingly I would like to see the HDD array for writing 7gig a second. I believe Raptors on a decent SATA controller manage 50meg/sec.....

  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Very good point, I didnt think about it in that aspect.
  5. Raptors will do a little over 100 Mbps when striped with raid 0.
  6. KA3

    KA3 TS Rookie Posts: 31

    forget about the hdd write speed, they probably just had TONS of memory and a gargatuan RAM drive. this is incredible though. I would love to drool over the hardware and (assumed) fibre optics they used for this.
  7. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    Aye, tons of the tune of 300gig? But, hell, how many channels and how fast does your RAM need to be to get sustained writes of 7gig a second?


    P.S. DUH! We have missed something obvious here - this artical says nothing about 7 gigabytes a second - its claims
    So thats *does some complicated number crunching* is only 848.64 meg a second - which is a MUCH more realistic figure....but still damn fast.
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Haha gigabits

    and btw, I dont think TONS=3TB
  9. Shnig

    Shnig TS Enthusiast Posts: 170

    3TBs of RAM? I would class that as tons
  10. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    3,000gbs? thats a few tons of tons..

    Tons of ram = 3gigs
    Tons of ram for a sever = 50gigs

    3,000 gigs? thats unheard of :p
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Noone said they actually sent a file across that link. A 10 line program can generate a set of data that can be sent over the network and a similar 10 line program can verify that data at the other end.

    So memory or storage wise the technology doesn't have to be that utopical.
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Nothing really extraordinary here, just a fast backbone network ;)
  13. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Bah, its all a play on words :p
  14. Well .. considering the majority of the internet(1) is based over ATM (sdh) technology which has a theoretical transfer limit of just over 155 meg per second, a sustained rate of 842Mb / second is quite literally astounding...
  15. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    622 Mbit ATM (OC-12) is nothing special. And technically you can run ATM over OC-192 (10Gbit/s).
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