informa
/
1 min read
Feature

Record Data-Transfer Rate

The equivalent of an entire CD's worth of contents was zapped 7,608 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week in just 13 seconds.
The equivalent of an entire CD's worth of contents was zapped 7,608 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week in just 13 seconds. That's a record clip, and for the record, it involved 625 Mbytes of data.

The mark was set in the Internet2 Land Speed Record Competition by a team from the universities of Alaska and Amsterdam and Surfnet, a Dutch national computer network for higher education. The team used standard equipment and infrastructure developed by Internet2, a consortium of government, private, and academic groups that develops advanced network applications and technology.

That so much data can be transferred so far 8,000 times faster than with a dial-up modem, the researchers say, proves that ultrahigh-speed networks needn't be limited by geography.