Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Caltech Physicists Transfer Data at 186 Gbps

At last month's SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Victoria, the University of Michigan, the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), Florida International University and others, transferred data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 Gbps.


Using a 100-Gbps circuit set up by Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and BCNET, a non-profit, shared IT services organization, the team was able to reach transfer rates of 98 Gbps between the University of Victoria Computing Centre located in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Washington State Convention Centre in Seattle. With a simultaneous data rate of 88 Gbps in the opposite direction, the team reached a sustained two-way data rate of 186 Gbps between two data centers, breaking the team's previous peak-rate record of 119 Gbps set in 2009.


The university researchers said these fast rates are crucial for dealing with the tremendous amounts of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
http://www.caltech.edu

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