You may not have felt it yet, but the Internet has just turned a corner, a milestone in its world-changing history.
Yesterday â€“ October 9, 2007 â€“ Internet2, a collaborative project by over 120 U.S. research universities, reported at its annual Fall Member Meeting the completion of its new nationwide network infrastructure with an initial capacity of 100 Gigabits per second.
That kind of bandwidth is huge. It can open the way for applications in science, telemedicine, network research, even performing arts. 100Gbps is a hundred thousand times faster than todayâ€™s typical 1Mbps home broadband connection.
In a demonstration Dr. Carl Lundstedt of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln transferred one-third of a terabyte of data from his school to the Fermilab research park in Batavia, Illinois using a dedicated 10Gbps circuit. The data transfer took only 5 minutes.
Internet2 is currently confined to its academic member institutions in the United States but is expected to eventually find mass deployment.