Group Uses Internet2 to Set New Land Speed Mark
Using the Internet2 network, a group of companies and research institutions transferred 6.25G bps across 6,569 miles, a high-water mark for TCP/IP data transmissions measured against a unit of distance.The participants in the next-generation Internet2 project this week will recognize a team of companies and research institutions that set a new "land speed" record in data transfers. Using the Internet2 network, a high-speed backbone connecting various universities and think tanks, a small collection of technology companies and research institutions in February transferred 6.25G bps across 6,569 miles68,431 terabit-meters per seconda high-water mark for TCP/IP data transmissions measured against a unit of distance. More importantly, researchers involved with the project say that the technology can be applied to data centers. Accomplishing the new speed record required re-engineering the S2io physical interface to overcome limitations of the Intel Corp. chip set architecture, Harvey Newman, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and one of the participants in the test, said in an interview.
Although Moores Law postulates that transistor densities in semiconductors will double every 12 to 18 months, the speed at which networks have improved their bandwidth has outpaced it, Newman said. That has had a "transformative impact" on networking, far more than other segments of information technology, he said.