BGI has used a new internet link to transfer genomic data from China to the US at a sustained rate of almost 10 gigabits per second.
BGI said that it used the 10 gigabit network connection — which is supported with software provided by Aspera — to transfer 24 gigabytes of genomic data from Beijing to the University of California, Davis, in less than 30 seconds. A file of the same size sent over the public internet a few days prior took more than 26 hours.
BG and its collaborators expect the network to provide a significant new tool for tackling big data and increasing scientific collaboration, education, and cultural exchange between the US and China.
The network connection is supported by Internet2, the China Education and Research Network, the National Science Foundation, and Indiana University.