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Sweden Breaks Internet Speed Record

Posted: 21st Jun, 2004 By: MarkJ
The Swedish National Research and Education Network (SUNET) and Sprint have successfully teamed up to push 840GB of data halfway round the world in less than 30 minutes - the fastest transfer to date:

The two organisations announced late last week that they had managed to send nearly 840 gigabytes of data across a distance of 16,346km (10,157 miles) in less than 27 minutes, at an average speed of 4.23 gigabits per second.

This was equal to 69,073 terabit metres per second (a product of the speed of the transmission and its distance), which exceeded the previous record set by Caltech and CERN earlier this year.

During the test, the 840GbB of data was sent from a 2GHz Xeon-based server in San Jose, California to a second identical machine in Northern Sweden across SprintLink (Sprint's Internet backbone network) and GigaSUNET (Sweden's 10GBps research and education network). A total of 40 routers were involved in the trip.


Wow, finally a server fast enough to host Battlefield:Vietnam (multiplayer game) =]. More @ ZDNet.
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