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Scientists build first light based hardware that competes with silicon

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Waaaait! So RPG colours that was used for the look only, will become the hardware itself XD ... Such unexpected turn of events!
 

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It is possible to do math operations using wavelengths of light. The limitations are in interpreting the waves back into electrical impulses. I'm not holding my breath for this but the prospects are interesting.

I think this is better news for cheap networking equipment and interconnects than data processing. Like...maybe fiber optic-in-home networks can now become a reality.
 
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fiber optic-in-home networks
Not seeing a benefit for this. Is this a just because type of thing? Latency is already practically non-existent in a LAN (sub 1 mil). Gigabit bandwidth is already sufficient for most people but I suppose if most ISP ever get off their ass and make higher speed access more affordable then Gb will not be sufficient in many cases.
 

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The reason why bandwidths greater than 1 Gbps is rare is because equipment faster than that is so expensive to produce. Bandwidths greater than 40 Gbps rely on parallelism. These new transistors can cheaply and efficiently gate light entering/leaving fiber lines.
 
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The reason why bandwidths greater than 1 Gbps is rare is because equipment faster than that is so expensive to produce. Bandwidths greater than 40 Gbps rely on parallelism. These new transistors can cheaply and efficiently gate light entering/leaving fiber lines.
40 Core CPUs are 'rare' too but it isn't because they are expensive. That's part of it but there is that whole need thing too. This is especially true consumers but is also true for most businesses. Not many do things that require more than a Gb.
 
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So now I can look forward to RGB CPU & Ram and DNA storage whats next the Unicorn fart bus that runs at the speed of a rainbow
 

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40 Core CPUs are 'rare' too but it isn't because they are expensive. That's part of it but there is that whole need thing too. This is especially true consumers but is also true for most businesses. Not many do things that require more than a Gb.
If you're doing a file transfer between two modern systems over a gigabit network, you won't see performance better than 113 MB/s because the network is saturated. Your average computer has a hard drive or SSD capable of double that these days. Home wired network speeds haven't improved in 15 years.
 
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40 Core CPUs are 'rare' too but it isn't because they are expensive. That's part of it but there is that whole need thing too. This is especially true consumers but is also true for most businesses. Not many do things that require more than a Gb.
This is true, also Bill Gates said that 640k memory is more than anyone will ever need :p
 

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If you're doing a file transfer between two modern systems over a gigabit network, you won't see performance better than 113 MB/s because the network is saturated. Your average computer has a hard drive or SSD capable of double that these days. Home wired network speeds haven't improved in 15 years.
Is there really a need to improve beyond gigabit? Even 100mbit was fine until hard drives started getting fast and SSDs became common, outside of rare conditions. These days when everyone is streaming HD content everywhere, we have found a reason for the common user to have gigabit, or at least, fast WiFi beyond N. I think we need a good few more years before everything else catches up to present a need to go beyond gigabit.
 
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If you're doing a file transfer between two modern systems over a gigabit network, you won't see performance better than 113 MB/s because the network is saturated. Your average computer has a hard drive or SSD capable of double that these days. Home wired network speeds haven't improved in 15 years.
Don't disagree but transferring 60gigs doesn't take that long and people aren't doing it every day. Some people sure but not enough to payoff the R&D, manufacturing, packaging, and marketing.
 
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