While surfing the internet we often come to see several posts, images & quotes on “World’s Fastest Internet Connection at NASA”, NASA’s Internet Connection is 13,000 times faster than you”, “NASA Can Beat You In Internet Speed Test”.
Is it for real? Do they really have a 91GBps Internet Connection?
To understand this much clearly, we need to get clear with several concepts and one of them is to understand the difference between Gigabits per seconds & Gigabytes per second.
NASA Internet Speed
Gigabytes Vs Gigabits
Most of the people around the globe don’t exactly know the difference between the most common term used in computing, Gigabytes and Gigabits.
In most common words, 1 Gigabyte = 8 Gigabits and 1 Gigabit = 128 Megabytes and as far as the research paper of the NASA’s fastest internet connection is concerned, the Internet Speed measured there isn’t in Gigabytes but in Gigabits per second, which gets reduced from 91Gegabits per second to 11.375 Gigabytes per second.
Here we got a clear concept of Gigabits and Gigabytes per second, Now what we need to know ahead is about the network they are on. Well it’s obvious they aren’t on any local mobile data network.
The network, which NASA is on, is called a Shadow Network.
What is a Shadow Network?
A Shadow network is like the Internet, but only connects a few research facilities and organizations around the world. It’s meant to share huge data files from science experiments. In other words, it’s like the original Internet back when it was ARPANet. NASA’s shadow network, on the other hand, is called the Energy Science Network, or ESnet.
Besides never having to wait for any download ever, ESnet has massive scientific value. Mapping the human genome takes up a lot of disk space, but labs can now send that information almost instantaneously.
Unfortunately, ESnet isn’t going to be arriving in your home anytime soon. However, some of the technology behind it could eventually improve the Internet we already have. Until the scientists descend from their labs and share their technology with the rest of us, though, I’ll be waiting for Google Fiber and its Gigabit speeds to hit my town.
Most commonly we can say that Network used there is local. It just connects their computers to the computers of the research faculties over a shorter distance. There are no movies, Facebook or YouTube to be enjoyed; just the research files. The best example to understand a Shadow network is the network of computers at offices and schools. The computers over there are connected by LAN and used for sharing data & files.
NASA’s attaining 91GBps Experiment.
NASA in May’14 conducted an experiment to connect two computers and attain the maximum speed for file transfer. NASA connected two computers, which were placed just a small, distance away and showed the world that they attained a speed of 91 Gigabits per second.
NASA never admitted that they have a 91GBps Internet Connection, where they have facebook & YouTube. It’s just a File Transfer Protocol System.