Monday, March 24, 2008

Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data - New York Times

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The computer maker, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., plans to announce on Monday that it has received a $44 million contract from the Pentagon to explore the high-risk idea of replacing the wires between computer chips with laser beams.

The technology, part of a field of computer science known as silicon photonics, would eradicate the most daunting bottleneck facing today’s supercomputer designers: moving information rapidly to solve problems that require hundreds or thousands of processors.

Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data - New York Times

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