Yesterday at its annual conference, Internet2 announced Internet data transfer speed records had been broken in December. From the article Researchers Break Internet Speed Records at SFGate.com by AP Internet Writer Anick Jesdanun:
A group of researchers led by the University of Tokyo has broken Internet speed records — twice in two days. Operators of the high-speed Internet2 network announced Tuesday that the researchers on Dec. 30 sent data at 7.67 gigabits per second, using standard communications protocols.
The next day, using modified protocols, the team broke the record again by sending data over the same 20,000-mile path at 9.08 Gbps.
That likely represents the current network’s final record because rules require a 10 percent improvement for recognition, a percentage that would bring the next record right at the Internet2’s current theoretical limit of 10 Gbps.
Internet2, a consortium of more than 200 U.S. universities, is planning to build a new network with 100 Gbps capacity, more than ten times the capacity tested in this record-breaking test. Jesdanun goes on to say:
With the 10-fold increase, a high-quality version of the movie “The Matrix” could be sent in a few seconds rather than half a minute over the current Internet2 and two days over a typical home broadband line.
As organizations try to keep up with bandwidth capacity, the capacity needed is ever-increasing. With memories of 1200 baud rate from twenty years ago, I wonder what things will look like in twenty years future.