Physicists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) say they have achieved an astounding data-transfer speed of 339 gigabits per second, which is equivalent to 1 million 2 hour movies per day.

The website detailing all of the information is titled, “Super Computing 2012: Enabling Scientific Discoveries With The LHC Data Distribution Over 100 Gigabit Networks."  Scholars working on the project credit new advances with fast data transfer technology (FDT) and express in part on their website:

One of the key advances in this demonstration was Fast Data Transport (FDT;, an open source Java application developed by the Caltech team in close collaboration with the Polytehnica Bucharest team. FDT runs on all major platforms and uses the NIO libraries to achieve stable disk reads and writes coordinated with smooth data flow across long-range networks. 

At blazing transfer speeds that blows any fiber optic transfer speed out of the water, these scientists at Caltech working with other universities and researchers are breaking data transfer speed records that were only theoretical a few years ago.  They have also successfully transferred 187 Gbps of data for two-way transfer of information on a single link, and are looking into new means of data transfer that will triple in speeds over the next few years. 

According to Caltech, the not so distant future means data transfers up to 1 terabit-per-second, which is 1 thousand Gbps – and we thought Google's high-speed fiber optic Internet was fast at 360mbps.

To learn more about CalTech’s fascinating research you can visit their site here.