Our hope was/is to use the earmarked WVa stimulus money to bring high speed connectivity to GB and community. If this were to happen and for it to be useful WVU will need to upgrade their link to the outside world as their current link is saturated.Compare these numbers to the links used by the LHC Computing Grid (RC; thanks Chris and Gene)
If the WVa stimulus initiative doesn't pan out we could fairly easily provision multiple 45Mb links or a 155Mb link. Certainly even higher speed connections are possible but the build out cost and MRC are very high.
- It would take 17 minutes to move 1 Tbyte of data at 10Gbps. Other people are facing similar problems , e.g. moving very large data sets. They are "solving" the problem by moving the compute/visualization machines to the data.
- NCAR claims it took them 1 year to move their archive over to their new mass storage system. They have about 6 Petabytes worth of data in it, but room for expansion. They still use some form of tape for their archive (but tapes are automatically mounted) because it is cost effective.