Video: Building SCinet for SC18

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The SCinet team is already at work building the world’s fastest temporary network for SC18. The event takes place Nov. 11-16 in Dallas.

How often does an international conference leave its mark on a host city in the form of improved infrastructure? That is exactly what is taking place in Dallas, Texas, as volunteers prepare to build SCinet, the SC conference’s dedicated high-capacity network. SCinet takes one year to plan and culminates in a weeks-long, high-intensity installation process. In preparation for that final build, a contractor recently installed a mile of fiber optic cable through the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and under several downtown Dallas landmarks, including city hall and the library. Only about 20 feet of pavement was cut to enable global connections to the DataBank data center in downtown Dallas.

Updates on the Staging Action:

  • Staging kicked off this week with approximately 50 volunteers and $52 million in hardware, software, and services at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.
  • To connect all that gear to the rest of the world, Dallas crews recently finished running more than a mile of new fiber optic cable under several downtown Dallas landmarks.

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