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Laser CPU's
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:42:33 am »
Replacing a 32 physical lane bus with one that uses one laser lane with higher bandwidth, is the goal.

While the concept appears simple, Sun says that the project is extremely risky. Even with careful designs, Sun expects up to a 50-percent failure rate in producing prototypes.
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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.
http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/03/24/sun_laser_chips/

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Re: Laser CPU's
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 12:45:00 am »
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Sun Microsystems Awarded $44 Million Department of Defense Contract to Develop Microchip Interconnect System
DARPA Project Advances Chip Communications Via Proximity and Optical Connections to Create Potential for Virtual Supercomputer from Network of Low-Cost Chips

http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2008-03/sunflash.20080324.1.xml

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Re: Laser CPU's
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 03:29:52 am »
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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,"

1000+ Ghz CPU would be quite impressive. Imagine the GPU market following on from this architecture. It would be a billion, squillion, zillion dollar break through.

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Re: Laser CPU's
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 03:33:30 am »
Well the idea is going to make -somebody- an awful lot of money that's for certain.

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Re: Laser CPU's
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008, 10:34:45 am »
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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,"

1000+ Ghz CPU would be quite impressive. Imagine the GPU market following on from this architecture. It would be a billion, squillion, zillion dollar break through.
IF it came out, imagine the price tag. Is technology advancing or humanity falling behind...
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