Thursday, March 19, 2009

Need to move files? Consider a jet.

Sunday morning I'll be leaving Ottawa with a 350 GB hard disk we all call ''.  This disk will be used for the EclipseCon download mirror.

So which is faster, moving the data over the 'Net or carrying it on a plane?

The entire Ottawa->Hilton trip is about 8 hours. 350 GB in 8 hours is about 12.4 MB/sec, or roughly the practical throughput of a 100 Mbps Ethernet cable.

Considering I don't have a dedicated Ethernet cable from Ottawa to Santa Clara, I think the jet will do the job quite well.

With Gigabit Ethernet, on the other hand, ...


Anonymous Mik Kersten said...

I see that you're trying to take the infamous expression that inspired Netflix to the next level.

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway." —Tanenbaum, Andrew S. (1996).

Maybe we can start a new expression...

"Never understimate the Bandwidth of Denis flying through the air."

See you soon.

5:48 AM  

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