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Now, that's what I call BROADband

From a press release received today:
Today, in a significant milestone for scientific grid computing, eight major computing centres successfully completed a challenge to sustain a continuous data flow of 600 megabytes per second (MB/s) on average for 10 days from CERN(1) in Geneva, Switzerland to seven sites in Europe and the US. The total amount of data transmitted during this challenge—500 terabytes—would take about 250 years to download using a typical 512 kilobit per second household broadband connection.
Now if only I had that sort of connection here...

...but then I'd run out of disk space really quickly!

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devilgate
Apr. 25th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
scunner (our former lead guitarist) is rarely seen around these parts nowadays, but that's what he went to Geneva to work on, I believe.
razorsmile
Apr. 25th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
"...but then I'd run out of disk space really quickly!"

Ah, but what a way to go.

mdlbear
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
"Your network is insignificant compared with the bandwidth of a truck full of hard drives."

500TB works out to only 2000 250GB hard drives, which would fit neatly in the back of a station wagon. Still, a CD per second is fairly impressive.
marypcb
Apr. 29th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
autopope has a version of that: "never underestimate the bandwidth of a 747 filled with DVDs"
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