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Highest-ever Data Transfers Over Internet2 Network

Oct 17, 2014, by Robert Vietzke
Tags: Higher Education, Executive Insights, Big Data, Research, Cloud Services & Applications, Internet2 Network, Frontpage News, Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service, 2014 Technology Exchange

Research & education (R&E) community transfers 62 Petabytes (PB) of aggregate data over Internet2 Network in September 2014—marks new high for Internet2 monthly data

How much data did research and education institutions in the U.S. move over the Internet2 Network last month? Turns out it's a lot - as in 62 Petabytes a lot. That's equivalent to transmitting all the books in the Library of Congress back and forth 3,200 times. Streaming 11 million feature-length movies (in HD!). Downloading 19 billion digital songs. Tweeting 340 trillion tweets. You get the idea. A lot.

But notably, 62 PB is the most the Internet2 community has ever racked up in a month – and that’s exciting! The capability to move big data and collaborate between institutions is essential for the success of research and education institutions. The Internet2 Network provides the platform to enable these activities, but it’s up to members to actually put that platform to use – and last month they did it in spades. As you can see from the chart below, this is a big increase from September of 2013, and represents a trend that is consistent with and even ahead of Nielsen's Law of Bandwidth, which suggests that a high-end user's connection speed grows by 50% per year. If this trend continues, the community will be hitting 120 PB per month by 2020.

So what were members doing with all of this data? Thanks to our work with DeepField, we can tell you!

  • During any given month, scientific research activities and grid computing are the big winners, which is a confirmation of big-data and big science utilizing advanced networks throughout the community.
  • Consumer video leader Netflix follows, but with a relatively small percentage – Netflix claims 34% of traffic on the commodity internet, but only 8% on Internet2.
  • The rest of the categories are a combination of cloud services, real-time collaboration, content distribution, and other more "normal" internet activities, like patches and updates.

These trends indicate that the Internet2 community is once again leading network innovation and adoption of advanced services utilizing the new 8.8 Tbps national backbone and global interconnections that were just finishing deployment a year ago.

We’re so excited about this that we have a contest and live event planned to help commemorate this milestone.

  • Contest for Internet2 members to win an Apple Gift Card by guessing which NET+ Cloud service generated the most traffic during the record-breaking month, as calculated by DeepField (details below)
  • Community Showcase Session at the upcoming 2014 Technology Exchange – if you’ll be joining us in Indianapolis, don’t miss your chance to get all the details about this data, some of the core scientific research driving the traffic, and see a live demonstration of the new network analytic capabilities at the "Network Insights: Internet2 Data Transfer Record" Community Showcase session on-site in Indy, Wednesday, 10/29 at 3:30 p.m.

Enter to win the Apple Gift Card by 10/30/14:

  • Tweet your guess of the NET+ service that generated the most traffic during the record breaking month
  • Use @Internet2, #TechEX14, #netplus, #62PBSept or #bigdata to qualify for the prize
    • Example (for hashtag fans): My guess for @Internet2 #netplus svc generating most #bigdata in #62PBSept is ____ #TechEX14
  • We'll RT the best ones and notify the winner via Twitter by 10/30. Good luck!