UC Davis recently helped test a new high-speed link between the United States and China, transferring 24 gigabytes of data from Beijing to Davis in 30 seconds.
In the demonstration, involving BGI, the worldâ€™s largest genomics organization, and the UC Davis Genome Center, the data went from Beijing to the university at a rate approaching 10 gigabits per second, equivalent to moving more than 5,400 Bluray discs in a day. One gigabyte is equal to eight gigabits.
A file of the same size sent over the public Internet a few days earlier took more than 26 hours.
The data transfer took place June 22 to demonstrate a 10-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic connection installed by the Internet2 consortium and supported by Internet2, the China Education and Research Network, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Indiana University.
â€œThe 10-gigabit network connection is even faster than transferring data to most local hard drives,â€ said Dawei Lin, director of the Bioinformatics Core at the Genome Center. â€œIt will enable scientists in the genomics-related fields to communicate and transfer data more rapidly and conveniently.â€
As the cost of DNA sequencing falls, the amount of data generated is growing at an unprecedented pace. How to conveniently share this tremendous volume of data has become a significant bottleneck for researchers. …
Internet2 is a consortium that has established a dedicated high-speed data network connecting major U.S. research labs and universities. The Internet2 network is not accessible by the general public.