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Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center recently joined an international team in shattering the world network speed record.

To capture first place in the SC|05 Bandwidth Challenge, the team of high energy physicists, computer scientists and network engineers led by the California Institute of Technology transferred physics data at a rate of over 150 gigabits per second--equivalent to downloading over 130 DVD movies in one minute.

The Bandwidth Challenge was held in Seattle November 12-18, 2005 at SC|05, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. The contest challenged scientists and networking engineers to create the best and most advanced techniques for using vast amounts of data and showcasing it on advanced networks. Bandwidth Challenge entries were evaluated based on their ability to support the mission of science and to maintain sustained data throughput.

In preparation for its third consecutive win, the Caltech-led team transferred 475 terabytes of high energy physics data in 24 hours and sustained average data rates of more than 100 gigabits per second for several hours.

Data from particle physics experiments were transferred from laboratories and universities worldwide, routed through the SC|05 exhibit hall in Seattle, and stored either in the hall or at other institutions around the globe.

The official peak throughput was 131.6 gigabits per second, measured during the Challenge on 17 of the 22 optical fiber links used by the team.
By netchicken: posted on 9-12-2005

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