SABRENet turbo-charges South Australia<squote>s R&D sector
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A 92-kilometre broadband network that carries terabytes* of data within minutes has commenced construction in Adelaide, South Australia.
The South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) Ltd paves the way for the creation of more intellectual property for the State and greater contributions by South Australian researchers to global scientific projects.
West Australian networking firm Amcom (ASX:AMM) will build and manage the $7.3 million, 10 gigabit fibre optic network.
The Australian Government Minister for Education, Science and Training Brendan Nelson has approved $6.55 million for the project, positioning South Australia as the first state to extend the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN) to all major research sites, campuses, teaching hospitals and technology precincts.
State Minister for Science and Information Economy Karlene Maywald welcomed today
Professor Chris Marlin, chair of the SA Consortium for Information Technology and Telecommunications, said that today
Major SABRENet routes will extend from the Adelaide CBD and reach north to Roseworthy, south to Flinders, east to Magill and west to Woodville. The Adelaide Innovation Constellation precincts of Waite, Thebarton, Mawson, Flinders and Florey, identified in the State Government
SABRENet will cut the time to transfer a terabyte of data to just 17 minutes, compared to about three months using business broadband. Up till this year such large datasets, saved to portable hard disks, have been transported by plane or taxi between research institutions here and overseas.
The new network will enable supercomputer real-time simulations, multi-screen, high-definition videoconferencing, redundant storage and disaster recovery of massive amounts of data, and will allow South Australian researchers to participate in bandwidth-enabled experiments around the globe.
Minister Maywald said that a future goal will be to link SABRENet to TAFEs, schools and new entrants to the State
benefit of the entire Research & Education sector in South Australia
* A terabyte is 1 trillion bytes.