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  • From: Greg Wood <>
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  • Subject: New World Record for Internet Performance Set
  • Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 12:11:10 -0400
  • Organization: Internet2


Caltech and CERN top new performance threshold by sending 859GB at more than 6.6 Gbps across nearly 16,000 km

Ann Arbor, Mich. – September 1, 2004 – An international team has broken their own record and set a new Internet2(R) Land Speed Record by transferring 859 gigabytes of data in less than 17 minutes across nearly 16,000 kilometers of networks at a rate of 6.63 gigabits per second, about 10,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection. The record was set by a team consisting of members from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and CERN using the same IPv4 protocols deployed throughout the global Internet.

The Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) is an open and ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks, with judging based on the speed of transfer multiplied by the distance traveled. Because of delays due to the speed of light and other factors, data transfer over the Internet becomes more challenging as speed, or distance, or both increase. With a mark of more than 104.5 petabit-meters per second, this record is the first time the 100 "petabump" performance threshold has been broken.

The record was set with the support of Microsoft Research (, S2io (, Intel (, Cisco Systems (, AMD (, Newisys (, the U.S. National Science Foundation (, the U.S. Department of Energy (, the European Union through the DataTAG project (, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (

More information can be found at:

Details of past winning entries, complete rules, submission guidelines, and additional details are available at:

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Greg Wood


  • New World Record for Internet Performance Set, Greg Wood, 09/01/2004

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