University of Missouri recieves direct connection to Internet2

POSTED: 05:18 PM CDT Oct 10, 2013    UPDATED: 06:03 PM CDT Oct 10, 2013 
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Over the years, the Internet has transformed the way the world thinks, socializes and researches.

Thursday morning, the University of Missouri announced their connection to one of the fastest Internet connections the world has seen.

Internet2 is connected to other American universities and government agencies.

"MU became one of the select institutions to actually get connected to that pilot test breed that connects very few universities at 100 gigabyte speeds," said Prasad Calyam, MU assistant professor of computer science.

MU officials tell ABC 17 News that Internet2 is 10,000 times faster than the average Internet people are used to.

This allows the 20-some universities that are currently connected to transfer and download data at speeds they had never imagined.

"It gives us the ability to move extremely large data sets to analytical labs around the world," said Gary Allen, MU chief information officer.

He also told ABC 17 News that this will provide MU researchers with the tools needed for successful collaboration.

"It's going to collectively brings us together," he said.

The membership for Internet2 is costing the University $64,000 per year for all four campuses.