Data goes from Beijing to UC Davis at 10 gigabits per second
Posted by Xeno on June 29, 2012
UC Davis recently helped test a new high-speed link between the United States and China, transferring 24 gigabytes of data from Beijing to Davis in 30 seconds.
In the demonstration, involving BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, and the UC Davis Genome Center, the data went from Beijing to the university at a rate approaching 10 gigabits per second, equivalent to moving more than 5,400 Bluray discs in a day. One gigabyte is equal to eight gigabits.
A file of the same size sent over the public Internet a few days earlier took more than 26 hours.
The data transfer took place June 22 to demonstrate a 10-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic connection installed by the Internet2 consortium and supported by Internet2, the China Education and Research Network, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Indiana University.
“The 10-gigabit network connection is even faster than transferring data to most local hard drives,” said Dawei Lin, director of the Bioinformatics Core at the Genome Center. “It will enable scientists in the genomics-related fields to communicate and transfer data more rapidly and conveniently.”
As the cost of DNA sequencing falls, the amount of data generated is growing at an unprecedented pace. How to conveniently share this tremendous volume of data has become a significant bottleneck for researchers. …
Internet2 is a consortium that has established a dedicated high-speed data network connecting major U.S. research labs and universities. The Internet2 network is not accessible by the general public.