Cisco Grabs a Guinness
Of course, such claims need proof. Did Guinness send the CRS-1 through rigorous testing in a telecom lab against a range of competitors? Not exactly. David Hawksett, Guinness World Records' science and technology editor, says the organization asked Cisco to come up with analysts who could verify that the CRS-1 exists and that they haven't heard of a router with higher capacity. Ah, science!
(As Cisco tends to double-count its router interfaces, it's more accurate to say the CRS-1 does 46-Tbit/s, but even that would qualify for the record.)
Competitors dispute the claim, but they don't seem particularly shaken by the news. "We'll grant them World's Heaviest Router and World's Hottest Router," says Hudson Gilmer, senior product marketing manager at Avici Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: AVCI; Frankfurt: BVC7). (See Source: Cisco's HFR Tips the Scales.)
While it seems unlikely that Guinness's readers know much about routers -- or how to verify the record or put it into context -- Hawksett thinks such an item can grab their attention. "There are a lot of interesting facts about how the Internet and [the Web] actually work, and as most of our readership use the Internet, they can relate to these records on various levels," he writes in an email. "Plus we like technology records with mind-blowing numbers attached to them!"
It's worth noting that no one has yet built the 92-Tbit/s CRS-1 matrix, which would require 72 chassis -- if its even possible to do so. This would appear to open the door for other theoretical architectures to challenge the record. Grab that bar napkin and start scribbling!
Cisco's isn't the first esoteric technology record with Guinness's blessing. In 2003, Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) and The Swedish Space Corp. were certified for the longest 802.11 link, at 310 kilometers.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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