According to Cnet‘s article “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” various experts in various fields with the same goal in mind, faster network, had accomplished a new feat together in blasting data across their special network at 186 Gigabit per second. It all took place at SuperComputing Conference of 2011. Imagining this, by uploading and downloading single sided double layer DVD data (8.7 GB) at this speed, you would get 2.489 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per second; 149.34 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per minute; 8,960.4 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per hour; 215,049.6 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per day. How about Blu-ray disk of 50 GB type? You would get 0.433 Blu-ray disk of 50 GB size per second; 25.98 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per minute; 1,558.8 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per hour; 37,411.2 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per day.
With such a speed, I bet some researchers still want faster network. Why? If I’m them and have terabyte after terabyte of data to transfer, I definitely think that 186 Gigabit per second is still kind of slow. Think about it, at 186 Gigabit per second, researchers can only upload and download 1,823.04 terabytes of data per day. If Cnet’s report “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” is true that petabytes of data being generated at various big research institutes for however long, at such a rate, someone will eventually start complaining how slow it’s for them to be able to only transfer 1.780 petabyte per day. Of course, everyday users like us would think of such speed is superman.
According to Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, around five exabytes of data get generated every two day period by the Internet (source: http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/04/schmidt-data/); this TechCrunch article was written in August 4th of 2010. Imagine as we moving forward, the Internet would need a lot more of data. The future of the Internet will include the additional evermore growing mobile devices on the top of all devices and computers that we already have today. 1.780 petabyte per day is simply too slow for the Internet by then, I think. Here is a simple calculation of five exabytes in two days equates to this many terabytes; 1,048,576 terabytes are equal to one exabyte, and so we take this number times five and get 5,242,880 terabytes. Yep, it takes this much terabytes for every two day period to satisfy the Internet nowadays. It makes me wonder how much bigger this number will be in 2020 or so.
- Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data (news.cnet.com)
- High-Energy Physicists Set Record for Network Data Transfer (scienceblog.com)
- High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer (eurekalert.org)
- Caltech Shatters Internet Speed Record: 186 Gbps (gizmodo.com)
- The Sound of Really BIG Numbers (ozziepaezdecisions.com)
- Pioneer’s new optical drive offers 6x 128GB BDXL disc recording (geek.com)