60 ms cross-continent

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Sat Jun 20 16:29:37 UTC 2020

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 09:24:11AM -0700, William Herrin wrote:
> Howdy,
> Why is latency between the east and west coasts so bad? Speed of light
> accounts for about 15ms each direction for a 30ms round trip. Where
> does the other 30ms come from and why haven't we gotten rid of it?
> c = 186,282 miles/second
> 2742 miles from Seattle to Washington DC mainly driving I-90
> 2742/186282 ~= 0.015 seconds

Speed of light in a fiber is more like 124K miles per second.  It 
depends on the refractive index.  And of course amplifiers and stuff.

... JG
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