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IT Science Case Study: High Speed Data Transfer in Extreme Environments

February 07, 2019 / Chris Preimesberger

The challenge was transferring data at distances of 2km to 6km from the central data center under extremely harsh conditions (temperatures range from 8F to -100F buried under a meter of snow) at the Askaryan Radio Array located at the South Pole. The scientists needed a new network that provides high bandwidth and can synchronize the sensors to within nanoseconds. Here is the latest article in an eWEEK feature series called IT Science, in which we look at what actually happens at the intersection of new-gen IT and legacy systems. Unless it’s brand new and right off various assembly lines, servers, storage and networking inside every IT system can be considered “legacy.” This is because the iteration of both hardware and software products is speeding up all the time. It’s not unusual for an app-maker, for example, to update and/or patch for security purposes an application a few times a month, or even a week. Some apps are updated daily! Hardware moves a little s...