This has been a month of milestones for Internet2, an 11-year effort to build an ultrafast fiber-optic network linking research institutions, including the University of Washington.
Today Level 3 Communications reported that it has finished a new national backbone for the system.
A few weeks ago, the network was extended from coast to coast, when nodes in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Kansas City finally connected to Seattle.
Chris Robb, an Indiana-based engineer working on the project, humanized the milestone on his team’s blog:
Yeah, so Internet2 made my 3-month-old daughter cry this afternoon.
More to the point, I made my 3-month-old daughter cry when I leapt for joy at seeing the Salt Lake City to Seattle OC-192 come up. I still blame the OC-192.
We’ve been fighting with this one for the past week or so, getting jumpers run and the appropriate patches in the fiber meet me room at the Westin Building. In the end, all worked out well and Internet2 has SONET connectivity from the burroughs [sic] of New York to the shipping yards of Seattle.
(OC-192 refers to a 10Gbps segment of the network and SONET means synchronous optical networking.)
Was it bring your daughter to work day? Building a superfast Internet is impressive. Doing it while taking care of an infant is truly spectacular.