Washington: Researchers have successfully transmitted 186 gigabits of data per
second (GBps), accomplishing a new world record and helping usher
in the next generation of high-speed network technology.
The rate is equivalent to moving two million gigabytes per day,
fast enough to transfer nearly 100,000 full Blu-ray discs - each
with a complete movie and all the extras - in a day.
The international team of scientists at the SuperComputing 2011
(SC11), Seattle, accomplished the feat mid-November, transferring
data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 GBps in a
wide-area network circuit, according to a California Institute of
Technology (Caltech) statement.
The team of high-energy physicists, computer scientists and
network engineers was led by Caltech, the University of Victoria,
University of Michigan, European Center for Nuclear Research
(CERN), Florida International University and other partners.
According to the researchers, the achievement will help establish
new ways to transport the increasingly large quantities of data
that traverse continents and oceans via global networks of optical
These new methods are needed for the next generation of network
technology - which allows transfer rates of 40 and 100 GBps - that
will be built in the next couple of years.
"Our group and its partners are showing how massive amounts of
data will be handled and transported in the future," says Harvey
Newman, professor of physics and head of the high-energy physics
"Having these tools in our hands allows us to engage in realisable
visions others do not have. We can see a clear path to a future
others cannot yet imagine with any confidence," he adds.