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Pushing the limits of technology and science and reducing the time to discovery
VANCOUVER - BCNET, British Columbia's advanced network and shared IT services organization for higher education, CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the University of Victoria today demonstrated the capability to push the upper limits of modern networks by transmitting one petabyte of particle physics data in 24 hours at sustained speeds of 95 gigabits per second, over a single optical channel. Spanning nearly 212 kilometers from the University of Victoria Computing Centre located in Victoria, British Columbia, to the Washington State Convention Centre in Seattle, Washington, the long-range, production-grade 100G network transferred the equivalent of 13 years of HDTV video.
The demonstration is featured at SC11, the international Super Computing conference, to highlight the capability of high-speed, high-capacity advanced networks and their ability to enable greater productivity for research and faster outcomes for scientific discovery. Caltech (California Institute of Technology) partnered with BCNET, CANARIE and the University of Victoria to promote the demonstration at their SC11 exhibit.
A team of advanced network engineers along with Institute of Particle Physics Research Scientist and University of Victoria Adjunct Professor, Randall Sobie, worked together with a number of long-standing, industry partners to construct the 100-gigabit per second demonstration network for the duration of the SC11 Conference.
Ciena® Corporation has provided the 100G interface for the BCNET and CANARIE network that were easily installed without changing any network infrastructure. The pioneer in coherent optical technology, Ciena is also the market leader in this area, with more than 9,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to approximately 100 customers across the globe. Ciena’s powerful 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors provide high-performance, high network capacity that helps to reduce overall operational expenses through simple service turn-up and automated, real-time network optimization.
Brocade contributed the NetIron MLXe high-performance Ethernet routers equipped with 100 GbE blades. Delivering four times the 100 GbE wire-speed density and nine times the system capacity of many alternative routers, the Brocade MLXe 15.36 Terabits per second (Tbps) fabric helps provide greater simplicity with significantly less infrastructure and operational overhead. The 100 GbE blades enable organizations to deploy the industry’s first Terabit-per-second trunk, which utilizes multiple ports in a single logical link for greater bandwidth and reduced management. This technology supports the streaming of a half-million high-definition video streams over a single managed connection – serving the equivalent of all San Jose, Calif. households.
DELL has provided R710 servers used to drive the network from Victoria. Xyratex provided a Lustre storage appliance used to stage data to the demonstration cluster in Victoria.
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CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.
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By the Numbers
The demo transferred over one petabyte of data.
1 petabyte = 1,048,576 Gigabytes
A typical movie download is about 2 Gigabytes, so 1 petabyte = 524,288 movies
At 100 gigabits per second, it is the equivalent of downloading six whole movies every second, or half a million movies in a 24-hour period.
1 petabyte equals the space of 10,000 laptops, each with a 100 GB hard drive, on which you could store approximately one of the following: