SWITCH has equipped the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano with a connection capable of transferring 100 gigabits per second. This makes CSCS a pioneer in Switzerland: apart from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, no other institution in the country can call on this level of performance. CSCS can now transfer data five times as quickly as before. While most research organisations that use CSCS only have a 10-Gbps connection for data transfer, CSCS’s new infrastructure means that several of them can use their connection to its full capacity at the same time.
CSCS is on SWITCH’s modernised Geneva-Zurich-Lugano-Geneva fibre-optic loop that recently went live. The updated optical transmission system on this loop can now handle 100 Gbps on up to 88 channels.