New Data Transfer Speed World Record

An international team of scientists and engineers demonstrated a data transfer rate of 186 Gbps (gigibits per second) at the SuperComputing 2011 conference in Seattle in November 2011. The speed means the network can transfer 2 million GB of data in a day. This sets a new world record for the speed of data transfer across a wide area network and achieves a key milestone for the future of global network.

The demonstration involved data transfer between University of Victoria in British Columbia in Canada and Washington State Convention Centre in Seattle. The distance between the 2 locations is about 212km. The 100-Gbps wide area network circuit used was built with state-of-the-art optical and network equipment. It gave a data transfer rate of 98 Gbps and 88 Gbps in each direction. The team also demonstrated high speed data transfer between the Seattle venue and locations in USA, Brazil and Korea.

Such high speed network can improve the future generation of global network and allow much faster international data transfer. It can also be of enormous help to scientific research which requires transfer and processing of huge amount of data e.g. data from Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Europe. For more information, please refer to California Institute of Technology’s press release:

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