Data transfer record broken at 186 gigabits per second

A new two way network data transfer rate record has been set, reaching speeds of 186 gigabits per second to help work through piles of data spewing out of the Large Hadron Collider.

Researchers at Caltech, University of Michigan, the God-particle botherers at CERN and others all teamed up to push the limits of the amount of information that can be transferred in a wide area network.

The computer scientists now reckon that extremely large quantities of information can be crammed down optical fibres and sent across the world from continent to continent.  The speeds hit by the boffins is apparently equivalent to moving two million gigabytes per day.

It is now expected that new networks can be built to use the technology in the next couple of years, likely within the region of 40 to 100 Gbps.  

The two way connection, both reaching 88 Gbps to create a combined 186 Gpbs, sent data from 10 Dell servers from British Columbia and Seattle using an optical network.   This broke the previous record, also set by the team, which hit 119 Gbps back in 2009.

To show the globe spanning potential of the high speed data network, information was also sent to Brazilian and Korean institutes.

The network will come in handy helping work through the staggering amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility, where boffins are currently trying to work through data that has indicated the presence of the Higgs boson.

So far more than 100 petabytes of info has been processed, which amounts to a Blockbusters-beating 100 milllion Blu-ray disks, and that is only thought to be the start as LHC scientists smash even more particles together.

Now, scientists in labs across the world will be able to get their hands on data to solve mysteries of the universe without having to watch a download bar run as swiftly as an MP3 on a dial up connection.

Petascale particle physics data can be sent to anywhere in the world in just a couple of hours.