New Data Transfer Record Set By Researchers

Jeff Berg
PITTSBURGH — The “High Energy Physics” team has set a new record for sustained data transfer rates, moving information between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles at approximately 101 gigabits per second during this year’s Bandwidth Challenge.

This year’s record is equivalent to transmitting three full DVD movies per second or the entire Library of Congress in about 15 minutes.

The international team, led by researchers from the California Institute of Technology, reached the mark by using CalTech’s FAST TCP protocol, several 10 Gbps links and Cisco routers.

According to Bandwidth Challenge sponsor Wesley Kaplow, the new record exceeds all of the other entrants’ past and present submissions.

“This is a breakthrough for the development of global networks and grids,” said Harvey Newman, a Caltech physics professor and leader of the team. “There are […] profound implications for how we could integrate information sharing and on-demand audiovisual collaboration in our daily lives, with a scale and quality previously unimaginable.”

While the new technology will be used to explore high-energy physics, researchers did say they expect that that networking on this scale will probably be available to scientists within the next three to five years.

Last year’s record, set by the same team, was only 23.2 gigabits per second.