University of Tokyo to Release Academic Data Network for Enterprise Use; This Data is Useful in Big Data Analysis

The University of Tokyo is partnering with the National Institute of Informatics(NII) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST) to release SINET for enterprise use by FY2020. SINET is the university's ultra-high-speed academic data network. SINET, with its global record-setting levels of data-transfer rates, incorporates wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology. By raising its network's ability to transfer data two or threefold, the university is creating a network that corporations and other organizations can use.

SINET promises applications across several commercial fields. It will be useful in autonomous driving technologies that use meteorological satellite data, smartphone positioning data, and other forms of big data, while also optimizing natural energy generation and helping to increase efficiency.

SINET is a fiber-optic ICT network that links approximately 900 universities, research institutions, and other academic organizations across Japan. The network allows for significantly faster communications than the internet at 100 GB of data per second. It is also useful for supercomputer-based remote data analyses and for sending and receiving data backups from particle accelerators and genetics databases.

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