New Fastest Speed For A Network? Researchers Were Blasting Away 186 Gigabits of Data Per Second!

Upload / DownloadAccording 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:; 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.



SkyDrive iPhone App Review

SkyDrive is more impressive than Dropbox and other cloud storage services in one aspect, SkyDrive allows free 25GB of storage space.  Microsoft has also released SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone.  Perhaps, the SkyDrive app for iPad and Mac will come out soon, but I’m not sure.  As now, the search for SkyDrive for Mac and iPad in Apple’s App Store turns up empty.

SkyDrive app for iPhone is good but can be made better!  I can’t make the same comment for Windows Phone since I don’t have a Windows Phone.  Why it is good but not really good?  Unless I’ve no idea what I’m doing, it turns out that I can only upload individual photo or video but not entire folder of photos or videos at once onto SkyDrive with SkyDrive iPhone app.  Imagine people who have thousands of photos and more than a dozen of videos on their iPhone would have to take ages to upload all their contents onto SkyDrive using SkyDrive iPhone app.

The uploading of a photo from iPhone to SkyDrive using SkyDrive iPhone app is simple and easy.  Just tap on the sharing icon on the upper right corner of the iPhone screen, you can then tap on the Add a Photo or Video button to add a photo or video.  Right underneath the Add a Photo or Video button, you’ll see Create a Folder button which allows you to create a new folder for storing more contents.  Sharing a photo is easy too.  By tapping on a photo to view, tap the photo again when it is in full screen mode to reveal the sharing button on the upper right corner of the iPhone screen, and tap on the sharing button to review the Send a Link button.  Tapping on Send a Link button, you can send a link to someone’s email to allow a person to view or view and edit your photo.  Above the Send a Link button, there is a Download button which allows you to download a photo easily in case you have deleted such a photo from iPhone and wanted to recover it from SkyDrive.  Deleting a photo or a video, users have to view a photo or video in thumbnail mode, and then slide the finger from left to right on the thumbnail photo of a photo or video to reveal a Delete button.  Tap on Delete button to remove the photo or video from SkyDrive.  You can also delete the whole folder by viewing the folder in thumbnail mode and slide a finger the same way you do with a photo or video.

In summary, SkyDrive iPhone app is very limited in features.  The uploading and sharing of photos and videos are easy as pie, and so SkyDrive iPhone app deserves a praise here.  One other cool thing about SkyDrive iPhone app is that it allows you to take a photo or film a video immediately from your iPhone and upload to SkyDrive directly.  Altogether, SkyDrive iPhone app needs more features, but it’s still awesome since it allows users to interact with a free 25 GB of storage space on the go.

Side Note:  I’m baffled of not knowing how to upload a document using SkyDrive iPhone app.  Sure, iPhone isn’t a great tool in creating and editing documents, but I think this app should allow users to upload documents nonetheless.  Just a thought!