AARNet network successfully used to connect to astronomers in Japan, China

New network technology will allow astronomers across the world to collaborate in real-time.

The first tests of AARNet's high-speed network technology, which will allow telescopes across the world to collaborate in real-time, have been successful.

AARNet conducted the first worldwide test of its Electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VBLI) system at the 7th International e-VBLI workshop in Shanghai, China.

Two telescopes from China, as well as one from Japan and three from across Australia, were involved in the test. All five telescopes observed the same point in the sky, with the results of the observations being recorded on each telescope.

Data from all five telescopes were sent over a 512MB connection to AARNet supercomputers, and then the results were sent to Shanghai for observation.

This real-time method is far faster than the previous techniques astronomers used to compare data, which required recording the data on tapes and physically shipping them to a central location for processing.