What Will They Think of Next?

Sept. 29, 2015
Editor – GX – Arturo

They’ve already thought of it. You know how our brains work on electrical impulses? And you know how our brains make all kinds of calculations at extremely high speeds? You know how we’re always trying to get computers and machines to think as fast, if not faster than we do? They figured out how to do it.

Computers are currently limited by what’s called the “von Neumann bottleneck.” This is a limitation on the data transfer rate (throughput) between the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, compared to the amount of memory. Because program memory and data memory cannot be accessed at the same time, throughput is much smaller than the rate at which the CPU can work. The CPU has to continually wait for the necessary data to be transferred to or from memory. This seriously limits the processing speed when a computer is processing large amounts of data.

They’ve already thought of it. You know how our brains work on electrical impulses? And you know how our brains make all kinds of calculations at extremely high speeds? You know how we’re always trying to get computers and machines to think as fast, if not faster than we do? They figured out how to do it. Computers are currently limited by what’s called the “von Neumann bottleneck.” This is a limitation on the data transfer rate (throughput) between the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, compared to the amount of memory. Because program memory and data memory cannot be accessed at the same time, throughput is much smaller than the rate at which the CPU can work. The CPU has to continually wait for the necessary data to be transferred to or from memory. This seriously limits the processing speed when a computer is processing large amounts of data. [text_ad] Processors have been getting faster, but the transmission of electronic data has not improved much. It’s like having a car that’s a hot-rod with a powerful engine, but it has bicycle tires on it. The tires simply are not capable of handling the power and speed of the engine. So instead of electrical impulses, researchers have now come up with a way to use light as a method to permanently store data in a memory chip. Using light, or photons, to transfer data could allow for much greater computer speeds. Pulses of light can be used not only for data storage, but also in a technique known as multiplexing. Multiplexing involves sending and directing different wavelengths of light down a silicon nitrate waveguide. A single pulse of light can read and write data simultaneously, resulting in “virtually unlimited bandwidth.” The breakthrough was published in the journal Nature Photonics. The technology is being developed and researchers are now looking for more ways to use light instead of electrical signals. Why mention this in a dirtmoving blog? Because the dirtmovers have computerized and when the next evolutions of computers and software come around, they will most definitely be in the machines. The next thing you know, I’ll be blogging about quantum teleportation. It’s a real thing. You can look it up. 

Processors have been getting faster, but the transmission of electronic data has not improved much. It’s like having a car that’s a hot-rod with a powerful engine, but it has bicycle tires on it. The tires simply are not capable of handling the power and speed of the engine.

So instead of electrical impulses, researchers have now come up with a way to use light as a method to permanently store data in a memory chip. Using light, or photons, to transfer data could allow for much greater computer speeds. Pulses of light can be used not only for data storage, but also in a technique known as multiplexing. Multiplexing involves sending and directing different wavelengths of light down a silicon nitrate waveguide. A single pulse of light can read and write data simultaneously, resulting in “virtually unlimited bandwidth.”

The breakthrough was published in the journal Nature Photonics.

The technology is being developed and researchers are now looking for more ways to use light instead of electrical signals.

Why mention this in a dirtmoving blog? Because the dirtmovers have computerized and when the next evolutions of computers and software come around, they will most definitely be in the machines.

The next thing you know, I’ll be blogging about quantum teleportation. It’s a real thing. You can look it up.