Human Brain Beats Computers

CYBERSPACE, 2003 - Researchers have more than doubled the world speed record for Internet data transfer.

Scientists at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland sent the equivalent of a full-length DVD movie in about seven seconds. Colleagues at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) received the data.

The land record was set on Oct. 1 by transferring 1.1 terabytes of data over a 7,000-kilometre link in less than 30 minutes. The average transfer rate was 5.44 gigabits per second (Gbps), which broke the previous record of 2.38 Gbps - more than 20,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.

Researchers announced the record at the Internet2 conference in Indianapolis. Scientists want to transfer data more quickly for several experiments, such as simulations of the Big Bang.

The new record marks another major milestone towards the final goal of abolishing distances and, in so doing, to enable more efficient worldwide scientific collaboration, and communication.

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