Mark W. Kopp (iu8film@iu08.org)
Thu, 16 Oct 2003 13:43:49 -0400

>Caltech and CERN send more than one terabyte of data across 7,000 km of
>network at 5.44 Gbps
>Indianapolis, IN, October 16, 2003 - An international team has set a new
>Internet2(R) Land Speed Record by transferring 1.1 terabytes of data across
>more than 7,000 kilometers (nearly 4,300 miles) of network in less than 30
>minutes, representing an average rate of more than 5.44 gigabits per second,
>more than 20,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.
>The mark of 38,420.54 terabit-meters per second was set by a team consisting
>of members from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and CERN.
>"The team from Caltech and CERN has demonstrated an unprecedented level of
>high-performance networking, focused on supporting the requirements of
>leading-edge research," said Rich Carlson, Chair of the I2-LSR judging
>panel. "This new I2-LSR mark shows that the capabilities of the underlying
>network infrastructure are able to accommodate even the most demanding needs
>of scientists around the world."
>The new mark was announced today in conjunction with the Fall 2003 Internet2
>Member Meeting. The new record was set through the efforts of the DataTAG
>and FAST projects, with major sponsorship from Cisco Systems, the European
>Union, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Level 3 Communications, T-Systems, the
>U.S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy:
>"This is a major milestone towards our goal of providing on-demand access to
>high energy physics data from around the world, using servers affordable to
>physicists from all regions," said Professor Harvey Newman, head of the
>Caltech team and chair of the ICFA Standing Committee on Inter-Regional
>Connectivity. "We have now reached the point where servers side by side
>have the same TCP performance as servers separated by 10,000 km. We also
>localized the current bottleneck to the I/O capability of the end-systems,
>and we expect that systems matching the full speed of a 10 Gbps link will be
>commonplace in the relatively near future."
>"This new record marks another major milestone towards our final goal of
>abolishing distances and, in so doing, enabling more efficient worldwide
>scientific collaboration," said Olivier Herve Martin, Head of External
>Networking at CERN and Manager of the European Union DataTAG project. "The
>record further proves that it is no longer a dream to replicate terabytes of
>data around the globe routinely and in a timely manner."
>The Internet2 Land Speed Record is an open and ongoing competition. Details
>of the winning entries, complete rules, submission guidelines and additional
>details are available at: http://lsr.internet2.edu/.
> # # #
>About CERN and DataTAG
>CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has its headquarters
>in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,
>the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
>Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain,
>Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the
>Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European
>Commission and UNESCO have observer status.
>The DataTAG is a project co-funded by the European Union, the U.S.
>Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. It is led by
>CERN together with four other partners. The project brings together the
>following European leading research agencies: Italy's Instituto Nazionale di
>Fisica Nucleare (INFN), France's Institut National de Recherche en
>Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the UK's Particle Physics and
>Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), and Holland's University of Amsterdam
>(UvA). The DataTAG project is very closely associated with the European
>Union DataGrid project, the largest grid project in Europe also led by CERN.
>For more information, visit http://www.datatag.org.
>About Caltech
>With an outstanding faculty, including four Nobel laureates, and such
>off-campus facilities as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Palomar Observatory,
>and the W.M. Keck Observatory, the California Institute of Technology is one
>of the world's major research centers. The Institute also conducts
>instruction in science and engineering for a student body of approximately
>900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students who maintain a high level of
>scholarship and intellectual achievement Caltech's 124-acre campus is
>situated in Pasadena, California, a city of 135,000 at the foot of the San
>Gabriel Mountains, approximately 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and
>10 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Caltech is an
>independent, privately supported university, and is not affiliated with
>either the University of California system or the California State
>Polytechnic universities. For more information about Caltech, visit:
>About Internet2(R)
>Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and
>government, Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network
>applications and technologies for research and higher education,
>accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the
>partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster
>today's Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2,
>visit: http://www.internet2.edu/.
>Michelle Pollak
>Harvey Newman
>Olivier Martin
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