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Hollow fiber optic cable tops 73Tbps, promises near-light speeds

By Rick
Mar 26, 2013
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  1. Researchers hailing from England's University of Southampton claim to have discovered a method for transferring data nearly as fast as the Universe allows -- 99.7 percent the speed of light. Their secret? A flexible fiber optic cable with a vacuously...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    This could be huge for 4K.
     
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 977   +99

    Sure could. I say around 20-50 years from now and we will have instantaneous download speeds, or at least in petabyte size! ^^

    GO PORN DOWNLOADS WOOOOO wait what!!?!??!
     
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  4. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Booster Posts: 376   +43

    Fiber optic external hdds and flash drives? Now we just need fast enough storage. Even if we could download at a couple terabytes a second, our current SSDs couldn't even keep up with that when in large raid arrays.
     
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  5. Being able to hit that 250gb isp cap in a split second will be awesome...
     
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  6. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Rookie Posts: 75

    What a no brainier, wonder why it was so hard to do before.
     
  7. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Rookie Posts: 75

    LOL, 20 years, I doubt it takes that long. This is the cable company's chance to get the upper hand on Verizon. It might even cost less. Verizon is stocked up with the old crap; they might be compelled to use it all up instead of investing in something new.
     
  8. This is good for torrents.
     
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 977   +99

    Possibly less time is also very viable, technology is moving at a rapid rate. That said as HDD size increase and content size with it, Internet Speed will too so who knows.
     
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 958   +23

  11. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,026   +154

    "There is no denying that fiber optic cables allow for truly speedy data transmissions. However, even though fiber optic cables serve as an ultra-slippery race track for what is essentially a photonic luge; those photons don't actually travel at the speed of light. Rather, the medium in which those pulses travel -- the optical fiber itself -- slows down photons by as much as 31 percent."

    now, if only the researchers could counter that 31% slow down factor. :)

    seriously, wow.
    if I could only say, "enterprise, five to beam up!" :)
     
     
  12. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    Had you thoroughly read the article, you would've encountered this gem: "at close to (99.7%) the speed of light in vacuum."
    As in, that's exactly what their experiment did: it (mostly) overcame that ~30% decrease in efficiency when traveling through fiber.

    :|
     
  13. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Addict Posts: 560   +150

    Now... if only the technology on either side could handle that speed......
     
  14. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,026   +154

    chill up. :)

    I'm not good at math but my statement is meant as a light jab at the researcher's findings of near the speed of light transmission with 31% slow down factor, as if this matters to a "73 terabits per second transmission".

    nevertheless, I'm saying, "mr. data, engage!"
     
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  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,056   +970

    So then the only time it would actually travel at or near light speed is when it entered a person's one ear, and left through the other?

    Not only that, young smut hopper, but it will be in holographic smell-o-vision...!

    But the real thrill will be in the fishing documentaries! You'll be able to smell the tuna as they boat it.......
     
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  16. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,195   +751

    Some tech already does exist. The people who require the fastest internet connections available are stock and futures traders in NY and Chicago. They trade futures in Chicago and Stocks in NY, and the prices of futures on the indexes move in relation to the stock exchanges. So when the market goes up in NY they know the price of futures will go up soon after. The person who can see the market change first can trade on the futures in Chicago. They have computers automatically react to the changes because they want to react in milliseconds.

    Not only do they use fiber optics, but they make sure it's a perfectly straight route because getting the travel time down from 13ms to 10ms really matters to them. (Speed of light from NY to Chicago would be 4.3ms) If there is new technology to cut the time down, they'll jump on it. They'd love to have London and Tokyo hooked up too.

    The funny part is, they don't make very much money doing this. Since so many do it, the margins are fractions of a penny, and they can only make money by buying and selling a ton at once.
     
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  17. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Usually, where there is good infrastructure, like here in the US, caps are history, so this tech could have infinite possibilities without caps.
     
  18. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Didn't that kind of automated trading result in a major crash, back in the not too dim past? Something about the herds of software programs all doing the same things at the same time. A tidal effect, more or less.

    Of course, a software-based crash pales in comparison with what armies of Wall St. swindlers and corrupt bankers accomplished later. (If "accomplished" is the right word.)
     
  19. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,195   +751

    Yes, it caused the markets to go down for like a day, I wouldn't call it a major crash. I don't think either of us would have trouble remembering it if it were a major crash.

    If the other thing you're talking about is the burst of the real-estate bubble and the following recession, then you should apply the 'blame' to the right people. The problem was the overwhelming belief that home values always go up, which pretty much includes everyone. Home owners were borrowing far too much (look up a 2/28 ARM) and planning on refinancing when home values went up. So their guilty of over-extending themselves. Lenders are guilty of lending them money, the mortgage companies were guilty of missing the risk involved in grouping many of those mortgages together. and finally AIG was guilty of insuring those bad investments (see credit-default swap).

    What finally kicked off the landslide were home buyers saying to themselves, 'you know, I think $600,000 is too much for a 1500 sq ft, 3 bedroom home' Home values stop going up, so the owners with huge mortgages can't refi and forclose, then the securities backing them become more risky and/or go under, and AIG and others like Lehman Bros lose everything.

    If it makes you feel better, those so-called 'corrupt bankers' lost the most. A few were smart enough to figure it out and run, but I wouldn't call them greedy or corrupt, because they made far less in the time leading up to the crash. It wasn't their fault no one listened to them.
     
  20. unloco101

    unloco101 TS Rookie

    Cool story bro.... You gunna sit down to dinner with the fam and discuss how you informed the world of stuff we already knew?
     
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,406   +1,595

    The discussion should be about egotistical!!
     


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