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post #11 of 38
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Originally Posted by Licht View Post
Didn't IBM already beat them to it?
i think IBM made something for having cores communicate between eachother, it wasnt small enough to take the place of a transistor.. i think. Although i dont really know what sun is making.
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post #12 of 38
think of the really fast supercomputers that would be coming out when the technology is in full production...yay! robots smarter then retarded ****roaches...lol....this would an interesting processor to have...
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post #13 of 38
I don't think there will be an heat issue. And forget overclocking as it will be the speed of light and that is it.
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I don't think there will be an heat issue. And forget overclocking as it will be the speed of light and that is it.
It'll be as fast as the mirrors can move, not the speed of light.
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"We expect a 50 percent chance of failure, but if we win we can have as much as a thousand times increase in performance," said Ron Ho, one of Sun's primary researchers working on the project.
Lets hope they get it right. 1000 Times increase in performance? Whoa. Can't wait to see what that is like.
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Lets hope they get it right. 1000 Times increase in performance? Whoa. Can't wait to see what that is like.
Yeah that would be sick but with a 50% chance of failure they still have 50% of getting it right so lets hope it works
    
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post #17 of 38
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I don't think there will be an heat issue. And forget overclocking as it will be the speed of light and that is it.
I am thinking of the heat from the lasers as some laser do get real warm.
    
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I will take out a loan and be an early adopter for sure :O
post #19 of 38
I need to get some stock in this
post #20 of 38
Not exactly 'quantum' computing but damn close. Therein lies to problem; they're dealing w/ wave packets so small that they're brushing up against the realm of quantum uncertainty. They're still magnitudes away from significant 'fuzziness', but in precision computing those small variations will cause issues, not to mention plain ol' classical wave interference from all sorts of external radiation.

And for full benefit, all other connected circuitry would need to be of the same technology. The chips may fly but all the attached hardware would just get bottlenecked.

I'm casting too many aspersions on a good idea, but keep in mind mainstream chip makers have at least a decade or more of shrinking (i think the theoretical limit is 18nm?) and many more of core multiplying. They might be researching some crazy stuff but for the foreseeable future we're still gonna be using transistors the basis for our computers.

Of course, I'm probably wrong. If someone can make it, someone else will sell it. And when it happens no one will be happier than me
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