Today, I read on Fermilab the news that the California Institute of Technology as won SC|05 Bandwidth Challenge in Seatlte last November. The team of high energy physicists, computer scientists and network engineers led by the California Institute of Technology transferred physics data at a rate of over 150 gigabits per second--equivalent to downloading over 130 DVD movies in one minute.
The entry by the team is part of the preparation for a new particle accelerator, called the Large Hadron Collider, which will begin operating in 2007 at the CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Data provided by the LHC shall be accessed by thousands of scientist around the world to help finding answers at questions concerning (e.g. ) the universe. The processing, distribution and analysis of the data will be completed using high-speed optical networks, software to monitor and manage the data flows across the networks, and grid computing.
I wonder when I as a internet user will see my bandwith increased due to these kinds of developments in the world of network technology..;)