Cigarette fire takes out Internet2
Redundancy is so net 1.0
The experimental Internet2 high-speed network was taken out on Wednesday by a fire started by a homeless man.
A lit cigarette carelessly discarded on a mattress is blamed for starting a conflagration which knocked out services on Internet2 (Abilene Network) between Boston and New York after it burnt cables which run through the Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge across the Charles River. The fire, which started around 8.20pm, also disrupted services on the Red Line of Boston's subway.
Engineers estimate the circuit may take up to 48 hours to restore, Network World reports. The Chicago-to-New York OC-192 circuit that normally runs through Boston may be re-routed via Washington DC.
The incident illustrates the lack of redundant paths on Internet2 which, in fairness, remains an experimental network used largely by academics. Last December, data was transferred at 9.08 Gbps over an effective distance of 30,000km for a period of five hours, setting a new speed record for the Abilene Network, the more correct name for the super-fast network run by the Internet2 consortium. ®
FYI Atman: homeless people don't usually buy cigs unless it's been a real good can day... They cage them off smokers and recycle them from ashtrays, trash and gutter...
I2 is for research
Internet2 is not at all looking to supersede the Internet. In fact, you'll find that it's actually based on prettymuch the same gear. It's just a very large internet (little i, not big I - meaning a generalized external network) linking universities and research facilities to facilitate the sharing of RIDICULOUSLY large datasets that otherwise would have to be loaded onto hard drives and shipped out on a truck or something. Sure, occasionally there's other traffic being switched in from other networks (and occasionally the Internet) but I2 still isn't an extension or replacement for the current Internet.
It's a totally distinct network. And the amusing thing is that most bandwidth-increasing research being done on I2 is to facilitate larger data transfers for OTHER research. The results could be deployed to the Internet, but first somebody has to pay to install it.
Have the chap pay for the repairs.....
He may be homeless but that's by partially by choice, smokes cost what..$4, $5, $6 a pack now??? While that may not be exclusive to the rich, it sure ain't for the poor. I guess society is to blame that he used funds for cigarettes rather than other things? We can't babysit them all the time Mr. Bright.
I2 has just been dangled out there for quite some time now....a tease for the rest of us. So many benefits and speed for so few people/univ yet around here there are hundreds of people who can't get over 17k with dial up. Satellite service is available $300 plus $60 per month but is still very slow in our areas quite literally it's not much faster than normal dial-up and there are severe caps on how much you can download before they shut us down. I know I2 was mainly setup for research but I was always under the impression they were going to use the technology to speed up the rest of us.
So as long as nobody was hurt I don't feel too sorry for em....
I guess I'm just jealous...