Earlier this year we wrote about The Gathering, Norway’s largest computer party and how it set a gaming event speed record with a 100GE enabled CRS-3. Like many achievements in the fast moving communication industry, it wasn’t a milestone that stood for long. The new record is now held by their Swedish neighbors who have surpassed that with a 120 Gigabit connection to the Internet at the digital entertainment festival DreamHack. This feat was achieved by TeliaSonera connecting the event site in Jönköping, Sweden with their networking facilities in Stockholm (a distance of approximately 375 km) using the Cisco CRS-3, ASR 9000, and ONS 15454 MSTP. The successful event came from the efforts of some fifty people from Cisco, TeliaSonera, and DreamHack working together to design, build, and test the network.
The event provided not just a showcase for Cisco’s 100 Gigabit coherent optical and IP technologies (see prior post on US Signal), but also a chance to test our equipment under extreme, real world conditions. What non-gamers might not realize is that players actually place great demands on their real-time connectivity (and are quite vocal when something doesn’t work right). DreamHack also set another record in terms of the number of hosts (computers). Over 13000 simultaneous connections were made to the DreamHack network to create the world’s largest local area network (LAN). There was plenty of high-bandwidth, low-latency action at DreamHack for serious gamers, with three tournaments for Starcraft 2, and separate events for other games such as Counter-Strike, Quake Live, and World of Warcraft.
This past June we forecasted (Visual Networking Index) that global Internet traffic would reach nearly a zettabyte by 2015. At Cisco we see 100 Gigabit as a key enabler for the Next Generation Internet and believe we’re uniquely positioned as the only vendor capable of providing a comprehensive solution at the core, edge, data center, and for optical transport.
(Photo credit to DreamHack)