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Internet2 hits the floor running at 100 Gbps

The Internet2 research network announced the completion of a major upgrade to its national infrastructure. It now operates at 100 Gbps capacity for U.S. research and education communities.

The Internet2 research network announced the completion of a major upgrade to its national infrastructure. It now operates at 100 Gbps capacity for U.S. research and education communities.

Internet2 is the infrastructure that forms the backbone for an advanced IP network that supports IPv6, multicast, and other high-performance network technologies.

At the Internet2's annual Fall Member Meeting in San Diego, the company also showed off its new Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN). This network will let U.S. researchers provision up to 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth on demand between two points in the network. This service will be live in January of 2008.

Excerpt from Ars Technica:

The main network remains IP-based and connects more than 200 universities, in addition to limited connections to government and industry facilities. Each network segment now features a set of 10 10 Gbps links, each running on a separate wavelength of light, for a total of 100 Gbps of bandwidth... Internet2 says it can scale each segment to handle up to 100 wavelengths in the future.

The Internet2 team is reportedly working with Level 3, Ciena, and Juniper to develop 40 and 100 Gbps technologies to further boast the speed of each link.

To read more:

Do you suddenly wish that you were back in school? What would you do if you had 100 Gbps broadband access?

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38 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

for page loads or downloads. But I don't see myself browsing or downloading any more than I already am. After all, I can't increase my ridding sped any more than Evelyn Woodhead already has.

paulmah
paulmah

So what will you be do if you have 100Gbps broadband access?

jtbowerse
jtbowerse

Anybody know where I can get some 100 Gbps PCI NICs?? eBay?? ;-)

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

= R**** I**** Association of America...? Where R**** = and I**** = ??? please?

clintonspicer
clintonspicer

Ok stupid topic cause no-one could ever utilise it i the next couple of years at least anyways as an individual, but can you imagine having the hardware to back this, the harddrives at the ready, the provider at the ready and then found a fistful of movie sites to harass with this power. You download a entire collection of DVD's, covers and some music for your IPOD and it only takes you one rainy Saturday arvo... Here's the scary bit and it does happen (Obviously with less bandwith plans but high speed for this day), your 100GBPS plan is not capped, it comes with a 2 GIG download limit and each MB after the 2GB is charged at 50c PM. Hell that would be fun paying that bill, but please don't laugh too hard cause Telstra Australai offers crazy uncapped plans like this alongside other companies and people are getting stung over and over again by these tactics...... Have fun

kachrapethi
kachrapethi

With grid computing and fast network speeds, plugging in into CPU can be as realistic as plugging into the socket for power. Ill probably buy some MIPS of CPU power of some gri d computing infrastructure to run some heavy appservers as and when required.

jackie40d
jackie40d

WOW that would be nice and really fast since I have broad band now and running 1 to 2 megs per now ! It would be as faster than my CPU could keep up with since I only have a 3.4 gigahertz CPU . . Sure would be nice . . No more waiting 25 minutes for a 690 meg ISO file to download . . for buring to a CD ! !

VT3333
VT3333

Better have that Fire extinguisher ready!!!

zaferus
zaferus

I think I need a bigger Hard Drive first...

ginkep
ginkep

same as every day. ;)

vinylmeister
vinylmeister

I would buy a PC with harddisks which can read or write at 100Gbps and also a CPU which can handle this

oz penguin
oz penguin

> So what will you be do if you have 100Gbps broadband access? get better firewall/SPAM/virus protection ... imagine the exploits all running at 100Gbps :(

djMot
djMot

What is the throughput of a contemporary hard drive? Have we come full circle again and are now waiting on our slower local peripherals? But, um, yeah! It would totally ROCK.

paras
paras

Once you are over the hill you begin to pick up speed. There is more to internet than simply increasing its speed. However there are no speed limits on the road to excellence but one thing will never change...all computers wait at the same speed!

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

...by a new generation of spam & bloatware.

baalpeteor
baalpeteor

its too slow todo anything with! i'd junk it. 100gbps... if I had that then next would be.. inventing hardware that could keep up with 100gbps.. like 900 gb memory, and hard drives that could also write 100gbps or better

inno4te
inno4te

Download the whole Internet overnight then disconnect. Saves money and time.

ajay.karol
ajay.karol

Are we IN for human transport through wires? Remember what happened in the movie " The FLY"

frylock
frylock

porn in 1080p, multiple channels

jackie40d
jackie40d

And since most movies are around 3 to 4 gig in size . . would cost you more than buying the movie to start with ! ! . . I am glad I got an UNLIMITED band width as I keep several web sites going . . besides mine ! And I got to re DOWNLOAD one today hasn't got many pages so it will not take long . .

PhilippeV
PhilippeV

Really there's nothing to fear; the existing Internet infrastructure will progressively migrate to adopt the "internet2" features (I mean IPv6 and 100Gbps links) at the same time. For now, Internet2 is a set of dedicated links between participants, but these participants will need to allocate their owndedicated badnwidth and won't be able to use more, even if they use it to route the normal Internet traffic. So yes, the existing bandwidth will be used, but more links will be added to the map, so that the grid will continue to grow. But at least, the vitalelements that allow the Internet to work (not including the normal internet traffic but core information like intergateway routing announcements for IP routing, and the replication of the DNS at lightning speed for its security, notably between the registries and registrars) will have a way, allowing the Internet2 to consolidate the existing Internet. spams and bloatware won't find their route through all the fast dedicated links, becasue the most important links will be kept to transmit only data between authenticated partners. Then it's a matter of policy between the participants: if they want some part of the internet traffic to be routed transparently, they'll need a separate highspeed link and their own dedicated bandwidth, without the risk of abusingand saturating the rest of the grid. The way I perceive the network, it is still not operated like existing GIX with weak usage policies. In fact, the usage policy is better enforced in Internet2 than in existing Internet where the rules are only checked based on average usage, and negociation AFTER a disaster event. The important thing is that the network demonstrates its hability to support these speeds, so the operators of the existing internet infrastructure have no reason to think that it won't work (except if their intent is to abuse the network, like they do now with the policy holes in the existing internet infrastructure). It should be hightime now for ISP to upgrade their accesses to support IPv6 directly from end-user sites, by supporting the protocol in parallel to IPv4. And then observe the slow growth of IPv6 usage, and expect a slow decrease of IPv4, if they provide applications that benefit from the new Internet2 features. They could do that early, even if they are still not connected to the Internet2 backbone, by building their own internal Internet2 infrastructure possibly running with slower links and a reduced scale. They will gain access to the I2 backbone when they will have demonstrated their capacity to enforce the I2 rules in their own internal network. And before that, they will have to buy capacity to the I2 backbone to which they will connect through dedicated tunnels (like 6to4). Of course, final users won't get a direct access to this backbone: they will connect indirectly to it through their ISP that will need to enforce locally, in their ownprivate network, the usage policy between all their users.

mjames.name
mjames.name

Download faster eh? Well this is all pending the server(s) can process this information faster. Unless you are just downloading a chunk of software as that of an application.

LittleWashu
LittleWashu

I was watching the Discover channel the other day on a show about magnets, where this company is researching a way on creating magnetic based memory and processor chips that can reach over 200 Gigabytes. They said they expected to have a working version for sale by 2010.

pr.arun
pr.arun

Ever wondered what all those hunkering servers at Google are crunching? :)

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

Converting matter to energy is no big deal, but converting that energy back into matter is a whole different issue....

pzelenovic
pzelenovic

No, we're not, and we will never be. I would like to recommend a book to you which discusses this topic (among others). The title is "The Emperor's new mind" by Roger Penrose.

jackie40d
jackie40d

I would say they could do more now . . and maybe a year or 2 and the moving of people via the net would be possible would be the Planet SG1 Stargate . . IN REAL LIFE . . haha might cut down on crime too as police would be there almost instantly . . and the person getting killed, raped, or kidnapped would be caught ! As you better believe they will have a ton more camera's out there too and watching . . will seem like the Matrix when they just come out of the wall . . Maybe we are in the Matrix NOW and are trying to get out ! :-)

pzelenovic
pzelenovic

the problem here is not in the transmission of matter but the transmission of the mind along with the body.

normhaga
normhaga

Several years ago Science magazine reported that two Universities were working with matter transmutation/transportation. In this article, it was reported that matter was being transported across the room. Please bear in mind that this was on an atomic level and it will be a while before is feasible on the scale we live at. So, I have to say Not to your "Not Possible."

pr.arun
pr.arun

Think of it that way and virtual worlds are taking the human online totally. Logically, it is happening.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

I consider myself suitably put down, I bow to your superior knowledge, you da man. Pompous ass.

pzelenovic
pzelenovic

If you recall, there is this thing called logic, which allows you to analyze the possibilities of something (among other wonderful things it does) without actually deploying it in reality. In any case, the limitations of this desired technology, are not technological as you suggested, but logical, so please refrain from discussing on this topic any further, without reading some material on it first.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

History is littered with events and inventions that someone at one time or another dismissed as unlikely, implausible, impossible, because the technology at the time didn't exist to make it possible. Moving pictures from the other side of the world? Never! A radio receiver that you can carry around in your hand, and the battery lasts for weeks? Impossible. Drive from one coast to the other in 4 days? What drugs you on, boy? Sure, *right* *now* is seems matter-over-wire transport won't happen, and maybe not in the next 100 years, but who knows for sure that it *won't* happen? Not you or I, bud.