VISPA Helps Set Data Transfer World Record

Researchers at VISPA and Caltech have set a new world record for data transfer, helping to usher in the next generation of high-speed network technology. At the SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle in November, the international team transferred data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a wide-area network circuit. Using a 100-Gbps circuit set up by Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and BCNET, the team was able to reach transfer rates of 98 Gbps between the UVic Computing Centre located in Victoria, BC, and the Washington State Convention Centre in Seattle, WA. With a simultaneous data rate of 88 Gbps in the opposite direction, the team reached a sustained two-way data rate of 186 Gbps between two data centers, breaking the team’s previous peak-rate record of 119 Gbps set in 2009. The fast transfer rate is also crucial for dealing with the tremendous amounts of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the particle accelerator that physicists hope will help them discover new particles and better understand the nature of matter, and space and time, solving some of the biggest mysteries of the universe.
The UVic team is lead by Randall Sobie, an Institute of Particle Physics Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at UVic. For more information see and
Contact: Randall Sobie