Researchers from Tokyo University have succeeded in breaking the Internet downloading speed record, not once but twice in a matter of just two days. The researcher’s team was sponsored by Internet2, a research company run by 200 US universities.
The researchers began their record attempt by creating a network path of over 30,000 km, crossing six international networks and covering three quarters of the Earth’s circumference.
The operators of the high-speed Internet2 network announced that the researchers first managed to send data at 7.67Gbps using standard communications protocols.
The very next day, the team once again broke the record by sending data over the same 20,000-mile path at 9.08Gbps, using modified protocols.
Dr. Kei Hiraki, professor at the University of Tokyo and land speed record team leader said: “These records are final for the 10 Gbps network era because they represent more than 98 per cent of the upper limit of network capacity.
“Through collaboration by a number of institutions, we have demonstrated the ability to overcome the distance and achieve this newest mark,” he added.
Apparently, the Internet2 consortium is planning to build a new network with a capacity of 100Gbps. With this 10-fold increase, a high-quality version of a movie, such as The Matrix could be sent in a matter of a few seconds rather than half a minute over the current Internet2 and perhaps even two days over a typical home broadband line.
The Internet2 is run by a consortium of more than 200 U.S. university. It is currently working to merge with another ultrahigh-speed, next-generation network, National LambdaRail.