This week, Denver will have what may be the fastest internet network in the world. And next week? It’ll be gone.
The Herculean effort to build a 6.71 terabits per second network — that’s more than 250,000 times faster than the average U.S. household connection — has been years in the making. But it took just three weeks to install it at the Colorado Convention Center for an audience that not only geeks out about eye-popping internet speeds, but needs it.
“There’s certainly a coolness factor,” said Kate Robinson, technical director for SCinet, which builds the temporary network each year for the supercomputing conference known as SC23. “But this is really built off the requirements of researchers.”
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