Wednesday, July 16th 2008

Scientist Develop 60x Faster Internet Scratch Switches

Scientists at the University of Sydney claim to have found a technology that would possibly allow the internet to become up to hundred times faster than current networks. After four years of development they have created a switch that's "only" 60 times faster than current networks. With little extra work the scientists are confident that they can reach the 100 times faster speed rates. "This is a critical building block and a fundamental advance on what is already out there. We are talking about networks that are potentially up to 100 times faster without costing the consumer any more," says Federation Fellow Professor Ben Eggleton, Director of CUDOS which is based within the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. The switch is created using a small scratch on a piece of glass. This scratched glass is actually a photonic integrated circuit that has the capacity to increase the slow rate of information carried by optical fibres. Using photonic technology that has terabit per second speed, the circuit uses the scratch as a guide or a switching path for information. Similar to when trains are switched from one track to another, this switch takes only one picosecond to change tracks. Therefore in one second the switch is turning on and off about one million times. Additional information on the new scratch switches can be obtained at the University of Sydney’s website here.Source: TFOT
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20 Comments on Scientist Develop 60x Faster Internet Scratch Switches

#1
Kreij
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by: malware
Therefore in one second the switch is turning on and off about one million times.
A picosecond is one trillionth of a second, that should be one million million times (or a trillion times). :toast:

In any event, that's pretty darn impressive !
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#2
mlee49
Sweet faster internet! Now lets work on making it 100% free!
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#3
chron
porn should benefit greatly :P
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#4
holy_
Faster than Japan eh?
Really are something!
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#5
Darkrealms
Nice find. Interesting, they claim it doesn't cost the consumer anything. But what is the cost of this new technology?
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#6
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: mlee49
Sweet faster internet! Now lets work on making it 100% free!
how do you intend on doing that?
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#7
spectre440
by: chron
porn should benefit greatly :P
lol
:roll:
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#8
Darkrealms
by: Easy Rhino
how do you intend on doing that?
Well advertising ofcourse! ROFL
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#9
ShinyG
What can I say but "CUDOS" to them! ;)
Cool, now we can have YouTube in HD!
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#10
ningen
Some hope for overcoming the increasing overload of the internet, finally.
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#11
jaxxxon
would that mean ping times would go down? or does it just mean we can upload/download faster?
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#12
newbielives
Yes I wouldn't mind getting spied on 24/7 with 1/4 my screen taken up by a giant NetZero banner if I can have 100 X faster Internet :-)
by: Darkrealms
Well advertising ofcourse! ROFL
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by: holy_
Faster than Japan eh?
Really are something!
Well for now. Japan plans to introduce from this year fiber Internet connections of 1Gb/s ;)
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Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
This is switching gear. It has nothing to do with what you get from your ISP.
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wooo ausie nerds FTW :rockout:
#16
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
no more 5gb caps!!!!!

lol
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#17
Triprift
hehe trust us Aussies to come up with something like that.
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#18
newconroer
by: Darkrealms
Nice find. Interesting, they claim it doesn't cost the consumer anything. But what is the cost of this new technology?
My thoughts exactly. A lot of people get charged outrageous rates for substandard performance as it is. How are they going to manage similar pricing, if such technology is only available in certain areas?
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Darkrealms
by: Kreij
This is switching gear. It has nothing to do with what you get from your ISP.
Exactly, but its the ISPs that would need to "switch" their gear for the faster speeds. Therefore money, which equates to end users paying for it.
by: newbielives
Yes I wouldn't mind getting spied on 24/7 with 1/4 my screen taken up by a giant NetZero banner if I can have 100 X faster Internet :-)
I was answering a question about how internet would be free. Honestly I'd rather pay something than be add bombarded.
by: newconroer
My thoughts exactly. A lot of people get charged outrageous rates for substandard performance as it is. How are they going to manage similar pricing, if such technology is only available in certain areas?
Charter Cable anyone?!?
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#20
newbielives
by: Darkrealms

I was answering a question about how internet would be free. Honestly I'd rather pay something than be add bombarded.
Yeah I know, I was just kidding around
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