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New Internet Speed Record

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the thats-a-lot-a-nekkid dept.

The Internet 348

Himanshu writes "Researchers have set a new data transmission record over the Internet2's high-speed backbone. The new record announced Tuesday at the Spring 2004 Internet2 member meeting in Arlington, Va., was for transmitting data over nearly 11,000 kilometers at an average speed of 6.25 gigabits per second. This is nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection. The network link used to set the record spans from Los Angeles to Geneva, Switzerland."

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Yup... (2, Funny)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918385)

Where do I sign up?

Re:Yup... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918489)

Who cares about this? I plan on eating 5,000 Twinkies then posting pictures of myself on the web with my dong hanging out of a spandex suit.

Cool plan, eh?

Re:Yup... (-1, Troll)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918526)

This type of post is exactly why I read slashdot at -1, Nested

that is some funny stuff

Re:Yup... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918697)

In Canada, we just call it tuna...we assume it will be fish.

Then how do you distinquish between the canned crap and the real stuff? When we say tuna fish we mean Chicken of the Sea. When we say Tuna we mean the yummy pink steaks (raw or seared).

gimme dvd's on demand beeotch! (-1, Offtopic)

quakeslut (107512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918390)

do it.
no really. do it.

Re:gimme dvd's on demand beeotch! (1)

gosand (234100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918649)

do it. no really. do it.

At these speeds, there is no need for the last D in DVD.

Awsome.... (-1, Redundant)

phillk6751 (654352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918394)

...Just think of how much pr0n you could download with a pipe like that :-D

Re:Awsome.... (1)

Ricardo Estalman (642819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918446)

Heh, a nice pipe to download linux ISO images with bittorrent.

Re:Awsome.... (1)

kyoko21 (198413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918460)

You could download something that fast, but do you have a storage unit fast enough to write that fast and large enough to all that pr0n? Hmmmm.... now if you can, that would be uber sweet :-)

Re:Awsome.... (2, Funny)

Hungry Admin (703839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918474)

I could fill my 250 gig drive with pr0n in 3 seconds!

Re:Awsome.... (2, Interesting)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918605)

I could fill my 250 gig drive with pr0n in 3 seconds!

Really? Hmm... the connection ran at 6.25Gbps. That's roughly 750MBps. At that speed it would take about 330 seconds, or 5.5 minutes to fill up your HD. Of course, there are some other problems as well (HD speed, etc).

Re:Awsome.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918510)

And how much manchowder you could upload!

Re:Awsome.... (0, Redundant)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918566)

Just think of how much spam you could send with a pipe like that!

Re:Awsome.... (1)

AllUsernamesAreGone (688381) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918667)

Why can't there be a +1 Bloody Scary mod?

Re:Awsome.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918569)

I am offended. Why is it that every discussion on slashdot has to refer to porn ? I am a feminist and a grandmother and I don't want my children reading slashdot because of this, and because of the sexism.

Feminazis (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918594)

"Why is it that every discussion on slashdot has to refer to porn ? I am a feminist and a grandmother "

yeh, everything we do in slashdot should keep in mind "what do the feminazis think of this"

Re:Feminazis (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918659)

I am sick and tired of the closed minded penis oriented culture that I encounter here. Just because you can type gcc doesn't mean you are gods gift to women.

Re:Awsome.... (2, Funny)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918660)

> Just think of how much pr0n you could download with a pipe like that.

If your pipe was that big, you wouldn't _need_ porn.

Wow... (3, Funny)

Steamhead (714353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918403)

This brings a whole new meaning to "Downloading the Internet".

Re:Wow... (5, Funny)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918588)

What? You must not be one of the customers of the ISP I work for. According to them we have "the Internet" in our server room. Several have even asked for a copy on CD, so they can use it while they're away from their computer.

Seriously, one person did say that.

Another Great Moment... (-1, Redundant)

bcolflesh (710514) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918405)

...in Pron, er, Internet History!

Trying a first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918406)

Yay!

Did I make it?

Re:Trying a first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918465)

No, YOU FAIL IT!

Nice try, though, troll.

The carrier pigeons are in for some competition (5, Funny)

jrj102 (87650) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918407)

Finally, the Internet will be able to compete on a level playing field in terms of bandwidth with carrier pigeons [slashdot.org] . :)

--- JRJ

Re:The carrier pigeons are in for some competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918717)

Now THAT was an example of some serious packet size...

also.... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918413)

"Recent studies by the U.S. Department of Energy have shown that researchers in high-energy physics, astrophysics, fusion energy, climatology, bioinformatics and other fields will require networks in the terabit-per-second range within the next decade."... and games as well..

No wonder.... (0, Troll)

tbase (666607) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918418)

....my Genevan pr0n downloading was really slow that day.

Haven't you heard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918425)

Comcast upgrade their broadband to 3 megabits. So it's only 2000 times faster. If you have comcast. Which I do. 2000 times faster.

Re:Haven't you heard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918476)

comcast blows, while they give out your personal info to any organization that demands it.

Re:Haven't you heard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918639)

Comcast is 4 megabits here. You still only can upload at less than a tenth of that speed though. They suck, but it's still the quickest way to get my 0-day shit.

I just hope this never gets to Joe User. (5, Funny)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918432)

If that happens, imagine the DDoS power from a group of infected Windows boxes.

Re:I just hope this never gets to Joe User. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918586)

If that happens, imagine the DDoS power from a group of infected Windows boxes.

Why? Not like bandwidth has been holding back all these cool DDoS attacks. After all, isn't that one of the points of the first 'D'?

Re:I just hope this never gets to Joe User. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918728)

That could quite posibbly be the stupidest post ever. Explain why MORE bandwith would make DDoS easier. Oh wait. That's right. You are just a troll who doesn't even know what DDoS is.

Great (0, Funny)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918436)

now maybe i'll get a first post...

A great achievement for Spam! (1, Redundant)

qualico (731143) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918441)

Thats great.

Now I can get my VIagra and Nigeria investments sent to me a lot faster!

Oh Goody!

So when can I fax myself there? (1)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918442)

When can I fax myself from LA to Switzerland then? Do we have that collapsiter grid done yet?

Re:So when can I fax myself there? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918519)

Yeah, but the swiss don't want you there. LA population decimated by malicious routing to /dev/null. Film at Eleven.

Re:So when can I fax myself there? (1)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918622)

"Yeah, but you have to book your program 30 days in advance."

We're going to need all that speed... (4, Funny)

ZorinLynx (31751) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918444)

In order to carry the immense increasing volume of spam [slashdot.org] ...

Re:We're going to need all that speed... (4, Funny)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918637)

Amazing... both you and the poster below you posted the same link... you guys brothers? or lovers? or psychic twins?

keeping up with the spammers (0, Redundant)

martin (1336) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918459)

At least all this new bandwidth will be useful for something [slashdot.org] :-)

Re:keeping up with the spammers (0, Redundant)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918676)

Amazing... both you and the poster above you posted the same link... you guys brothers? or lovers? or psychic twins?

The should change the name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918461)

to Internet^2

Re:The should change the name (2, Funny)

eggsurplus (631231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918528)

or Internet++

Re:The should change the name (3, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918711)

Microsoft calls it Internet#

Undocumented bandwidth usage limit (5, Funny)

weave (48069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918466)

I bet they probably hit their undocumented bandwidth usage limit and will be getting a nasty letter from their service provider telling them to knock it off! :)

Speed is nice... (3, Funny)

typobox43 (677545) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918477)

... but you have to have equipment capable of handling it. I know that there's certainly not anything existing that could make full use of a pipe that big... so I think everyone should keep their porn fantasies in check.

Re:Speed is nice... (4, Insightful)

igrp (732252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918630)

Hmm, I don't think anyone is seriously contemplating using high-speed equipment like this in a SoHo environment. We're rather talking backbone infrastructure. And, when you're dealing with backbone setups you simply cannot have enough bandwidth. These days, the limiting factor isn't actually technology - it's money.

Re:Speed is nice... (3, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918651)

coming Q1 2007:

PornStation
by Flynt Publishing

or maybe the iPorn from Apple, for super highspeed porn on the go

How many wires? (3, Interesting)

Adriax (746043) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918478)

I can't see it in the story, how many wires/fiber pairs were used?

If it was a single pair, then DAAAAAAAMN...

Re:How many wires? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918554)

I can't see it in the story, how many wires/fiber pairs were used?

Well, they were using IPv6 over LAN using multicast so that means at least 9 wires, probably CAT9 cable.

I love (0, Redundant)

An-Unnecessarily-Lon (761026) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918481)

How 90% of us are just in love with the prospect of DL porn faster. I for one welcome our new bandwith overlords.

How long until broadband speeds up for mainstream? (2, Interesting)

trublue (769741) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918483)

How long do /.ers estimate until available broadband will reach speeds such as these for the consumer?

Less than 10 years?

Re:How long until broadband speeds up for mainstre (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918584)

How long do /.ers estimate ...

Why would anyone give a fuck about /.ers opinions and guesstimates?

Re:How long until broadband speeds up for mainstre (5, Insightful)

AndyRobinson (633286) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918669)

10Mbit/sec Ethernet has been around since, what, 1980 and is still 20 times faster than my ADSL line, so I expect we'll all be flying around in our personal jet packs first...

a really long time (2, Funny)

Thumpnugget (142707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918677)

Judging by the rate of increase in my broadband connection's speed over the last 5 years, it'll be about 5 or 6 thousand years before it catches up to these speeds.

Funny Transpose (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918486)

Anyone else read "Large Hadron Collider" as "Large Hardon Collider"?

Zowie!

Interesting, but... (4, Funny)

camusflage (65105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918488)

How many Libraries of Congress per second is it?

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

Heidistein (593051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918579)

Libraries of Congressses dont fit through fiber. :)

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918628)

LOC? Use SI units. I want to know how many football fields, Eiffel towers and blue whales we're talking about. We already know it's 10000 "broadband" connections.

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

huge (52607) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918664)

That's something like 0,00625 LoC/s

And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918689)

Does it run linux?

mpfp (0)

dalamarian (741404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918490)

more porn faster porn, driving the Internet since who knows when :)

Queue the pron, carrier pidgeon, first post posts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918492)

Oh wait, there's already about 50 of them.

The first result we will see of this (-1, Redundant)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918495)

The first result we will see of this is that higher bandwidth will mean many thousands of spams delivered per day instead of just a couple hundred in my inbox.

About time! (0, Troll)

aquabat (724032) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918498)

Finally, I can play FAKK2 from work (at 1600x1200x24), via an X protocol connection to my house! :))))

So Umm... (0)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918505)

...which ISP provides connections to Internet 2? I... uh... like... want sumathat. Does it use IPv6 too? I want... umm... like... the latest stuff so I'm not prone to virii and wormii. And um... oh yeah... does it like support Kazaa and stuff?? I figure I could get all of Metallica's stuff in like ten seconds. FIGHT THE POWER!!! Like... uh... yeah... Rock OWN!!!

Re:So Umm... (1)

GregChant (305127) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918585)

None. Internet2 is for research and government institutions so that they don't have to deal with what they lovingly call "commodity traffic."

Don't expect these types of speed on the Internet or for consumer use.

Re:So Umm... (0, Troll)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918729)

Wow... the mods really don't get humor do they? Asshats.

What's really impressive about this... (1, Funny)

lobsterGun (415085) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918508)


What's really impressive about this is is that one third of that was spam.

Finally (2, Funny)

Oxy the moron (770724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918514)

Now I can transfer my life savings from my bank in LA to my private Swiss bank account in .00000000001 seconds!

Next item on the palm pilot....

Dial-Up and Shell Accounts (5, Funny)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918517)

Is anyone offering dial-up and shells for Internet2? I'm tired of the Internet1.

Data Transmission Speed (1)

krackpipe (769323) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918518)

Why don't we just teleport the data?

You know what they say... (1)

Abit667 (745465) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918520)

The faster you download the bigger your...

Stupid Question (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918524)

Why cannot the Internet be one giant LAN. Why do we have to have differemt speed networks, depending upon how much you can pay?

That way we could all have a 100mbps internet connection.

Re:Stupid Question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918561)

shut up you poor ass ghetto motherfuckin whiner

You know those guys were just.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918527)

pushing the latest bootleg of kill-bill 2.. Nothing to see here, move along.

Hey! Me 2! (1)

jmlyle (512574) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918704)


Cool! A Kill Bill bootleg!!!!

Send it to me, too!

For Reference... (2, Informative)

thebrid (772919) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918534)

Uncompressed 1080i HDTV in RGB takes up about 1.4 Gbps. Where do I sign up :D

Jack Valenti (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918540)

Yes, Jack Valenti, not only does this mean more downloading of pirated movies, it brings us closer to the day when the average 13-year old with an average computer will be able to download all of Hollywood in less than 45 minutes. Sleep while you can, Jack.

Re:Jack Valenti (2, Interesting)

weave (48069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918592)

Brings up an interesting point. Because Internet2 is not a public net, can RIAA and MPAA's hired goons get into the net to look for file sharing activity?

/. front page in 0.000015 seconds (4, Funny)

Stuwee (739059) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918545)

That's over 66000 reloads of the front page every second.

Yes, I'm ignoring the obvious latency, but we can only dream.

umm how does it work? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918552)

well it's great that i can download so fast.. but current storage units can't write and read so fast right? I mean looking at the standard 7200 rpm disk which write and read at say, 100MB/s, how would the disk handle the download speeds? And surely we can't jam everything in memory???

food (0, Offtopic)

austad (22163) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918555)

This is almost fast enough to be an effective medium for burritos. Mmmm... Chipotle [chipotle.com] .

Or more accurately (5, Insightful)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918589)

The network link used to set the record spans from Los Angeles to Geneva, Switzerland

In other words, 2 of the, what, 1000?, 2000?, 10000? nodes on internet2 have exchange data super-fast.

Well okay, but I'm sure if you reduce the number of internet1-connected computers to the same number, you'll get really really good results too.

Comparing a semi-experimental network to a mature, heavily used one, is like comparing apples and oranges, and therefore I smell marketting under this speed record announcement.

If only I had something to send... (1)

Valkyre (101907) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918596)

If someone actually developing real-time applications to make use of this bandwidth? I know there ARE uses for such high bandwidth, but really, what is it being used for?

Oh wait, the link starts around San Fernando. My bad.

Proper measure of speed... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918604)

is how many seconds until it's slashdotted.

Revival of obligatory remark (2, Funny)

crawdaddy (344241) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918609)

In Soviet Russia, the internet downloads YOU.

(couldn't help it...I haven't seen any good ones recently)

Re:Revival of obligatory remark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918656)

In Soviet Russia, the internet downloads YOU. (couldn't help it...I haven't seen any good ones recently)

Because this is a good one? are you a cretin?

MODERATORS, PLEASE MOD PARENT DOWN, the guy's not even smart enough to post a soviet-russia "joke" as AC...

Re:Revival of obligatory remark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918686)

Setting a new internet2 speed record while 90% of everyone else is on dialup or broadband/adsl... ...that's a paddlin'.

However... (4, Funny)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918620)

"This is nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection."
However for $19.99 you can get unlimited dial-up access on Internet2 which is only 5000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.

SPAM (1)

Mr.Happy3050 (573052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918632)

What they failed to say was the information they sent was a "great deal" for penis enhancements.

That is nice bandwidth and all.. (1)

He Schutze He Scores (607680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918645)

But what is the latency??

My Team Fortress Classic only uses small packets, but I want them back in 20ms! :D

HSHS

Seriously, though - is there a better latency?

If it's not important, why mention it? (3, Interesting)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918653)

10,000 times faster than the average broadband connection, but even the article states that that kind of bandwidth is not useful to home users yet. Then why mention it? How about this:
This new transmission is 2,796,206 times faster than a 2400 baud modem!

That's an equally useless comparison but at least the number is higher. You don't get to see a useful comparison figure until the 3rd paragraph where it says that the previous record was 4GB/second. They really should first and foremost tout the 36% increase in speed over the previous record. That's pretty impressive.

Okay, but how does it get to the computer? (5, Funny)

jmlyle (512574) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918671)


I mean, my laptop can only do Gigabit Ethernet. Will all of that data just kind of smush up on the other side of the wall until it bursts the wire?

That's... (0, Offtopic)

thinkninja (606538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918674)

One porn DivX per second. Cool!

big fucking deal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918679)

so what, 2 goddamn universities buy 2 GSR's with 10gige and oc192 blades and its /. worthy? go fuck yourselves and do something useful.

what a NOT in-depth article (5, Insightful)

fred fleenblat (463628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918694)

how did they do this? fiber optic? satellite? quantum singlarity?
who paid for this? government grants? private sponsorship? ice weasels?
who benefits from this? physics professors? lonely college students? pay per view movie download web sites?
can this technology be brought to individuals and businesses? yes? no? maybe?
what crappy reporting on such an interesting topic.

Sneaker net (1)

silverhalide (584408) | more than 10 years ago | (#8918698)

Wonder if it's faster than loading up a cargo plane with a few hundred TB of hard drives and flying it over?

Now we can... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8918724)

Now we can Slashdot websites even FASTER!
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