When the last link of a high speed network connection from the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory went live last week, officials from UTC, the City
of Chattanooga and Hamilton County gathered at the University to celebrate
"This is a great day for us. This connection leads to places we dare
not dream," according to UTC Chancellor Bill Stacy.
UTC will link with Oak Ridge National Laboratory 200,000 times faster
than the average Internet dialup. How fast is that? In just six seconds,
the entire film "Gone With The Wind" could be downloaded.
"It places UT Chattanooga among an elite few higher education institutions
with computational power necessary to perform 21st century high tech research.
We are so grateful for this partnership and for the opportunity to foster
a new level of technological education, applied research, and economic
development in the Chattanooga region," Stacy said.
Over time it is hoped there will be multiple applications for use of the
connection. Two ways it will be used: enhanced research opportunities
for a new UTC computational engineering and design team, and by the UTC
College of Business Administration to analyze the stock market.
According to Hamilton County Executive Claude Ramsey, the connection will
make the Chattanooga area a better place to live.
"This connection will allow citizens to get a better education and
provide more job opportunities," Ramsey said.