Press Release 093/2013

100 Gigabit/s Line between KIT and Heidelberg

BelWü State University Network Is Extended by a High-speed Data Line Between KIT and Heidelberg University for Data-intensive Research

The first long-distance data transmission line of 100 gigabits per second (100 G) has now started operation. Since July, it has been connecting Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Heidelberg University within the Baden-Württemberg State University Network (BelWü). The data transmission rate of this high-performance infrastructure facility exceeds that of a conventional private internet connection by a factor of about 10,000, which is needed for data-intensive research.


“Scientific big data are the basis of modern research. Their management and analysis are the keys to new findings and innovations,” says Professor Dr. Wilfried Juling, Chief Information Officer of KIT, who is responsible for digital information and communication. “The increased data rate will help us support and optimize data-intensive processes in research and science. Information technology and informatics at KIT develop reliable methods and efficient algorithms and support users in storing, supplying, analyzing, processing, and visualizing their data.”


The state of Baden-Württemberg invested about EUR 500,000 in the extension of the network. The first high-speed data line is established between Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University, both of which are locations of the Large Scale Data Facility (LSDF). In the near future, the complete BelWü network is planned to be extended to 100 G.


Storage and use of large data volumes is the basis of scientific research in many areas. In 2010, the Large Scale Data Facility (LSDF), a novel concept for the storage, administration, archiving, and analysis of scientific data, was developed and taken into operation. The Computing Center (URZ) and BioQuant of Heidelberg University and the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are involved in the further implementation and development of this storage concept.


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

kes, 10.07.2013

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