The folks developing the next generation of the Internet, known cleverly as Internet 2, have broken another speed record:
An international team has set a new Internet2(R) Land Speed Record by transferring data across nearly 11,000 kilometers at an average rate of 6.25 gigabits per second (Gbps), nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection, from Los Angeles, Calif. to Geneva, Switzerland. The Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2- LSR) is an open and ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks.
The mark of 68,431 terabit-meters per second, which used the same IPv4 protocols deployed throughout the global Internet, was set by a team consisting of members from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and CERN. The same team previously set a new mark of four Gbps over the same distance using IPv6, the next generation of Internet protocols.
“The team from Caltech and CERN has again set a new measure for Internet performance,” said Rich Carlson, Chair of the I2-LSR judging panel. “By pushing the envelope of end-to-end networking, their efforts demonstrate new possibilities for enabling research, teaching, and learning using advanced Internet technology.”
Imagine the headaches the RIAA and MPAA would have if your home broadband connection could shove data around that fast, but it’ll probably be decades before that kind of speed is offered to your home. There’s already a lot of debate over how fast is fast enough among broadband providers in terms of what the consumer wants or needs so I suppose the music and film industries can relax for now.