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Optalysys will launch prototype optical processor
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:56:08 AM »
Optalysys will launch prototype optical processor

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UK-based startup Optalysys is moving ahead to deliver exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer within the next few years, reported HPCwire earlier this week. The company itself announced on August 1 that it is "only months away from launching a prototype optical processor with the potential to deliver exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer." The company will demo its prototype, which meets NASA Technology Readiness Level 4, in January next year. Though the January date represents only a proof-of-concept stage, the processor is expected to run at over 340 gigaFLOPS , which will enable it to analyze large data sets, and produce complex model simulations in a laboratory environment. Engadget commented that those numbers were not bad for a proof of concept. HPCwire pointed at the potential significance of this work in its article's headline, "IsThis the Exascale Breakthrough We've Been Waiting For?" Optalysys' technology uses light for compute-intensive mathematical functions at speeds that exceed what can be achieved with electronics, at a fraction of the cost and power consumption.


http://phys.org/news/2014-08-optalysys-prototype-optical-processor.html

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2yQ9xFshuc[/youtube]

Streaming p0rn @ the speed of light?  :P

I'm thinking internet speeds will need to get better.  ;)

 


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