The petabytes of data being generated at the Large Hadron Collider and other research bodies are facing a physical bottleneck: the network.
A team of physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers have demonstrated a network capable of blasting 186 gigabits per second of data between two supercomputers. They call this new bandwidth record a crucial tool for scientific inquiry and a signal of where commercial networking products are going.
During the SuperComputing conference 2011 last month, researchers installed high-end servers and 100-gigabit-per-second networking gear to connect a supercomputer at the conference in Seattle to another in Victoria, British Columbia.
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