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Computers that run at the speed-of-light?

Nicole Billitz
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They did announce a breakthrough that will transform supercomputers and allow them to process data at a rate thousands of times faster than they currently do.

The computer engineers at the University of Utah are WIZARDS. The wizards announced on Monday that they completely unraveled the space-time continuum. Okay, not quite, but pretty close.

They did, however, announce a breakthrough that will transform supercomputers and allow them to process data at a rate thousands of times faster than they currently do.

Here is how the smart guys broke it down: Current, “traditional” computers use electrons to process data, which travel through wired connections. But these wizards have created an “ultracompact beamsplitter” (yeah, it even sounds badass) which uses photons instead of electrons, which means that the light beams are actually 50 times thinner than even a strand of hair.

And the beamsplitter is so teeny tiny, that actually millions could fit on one single computer chip (mouth agape).

But these wizards have created an “ultracompact beamsplitter”, which uses photons instead of electrons, which means that the light beams are actually 50 times thinner than even a strand of hair.

As everyone good Star Trek fan can tell you, light is the only constant way to measure speed. In fact, there is nothing faster in existence (although hopefully one day somebody creates a time-machine faster than the speed of light).

But until then, computer engineering professor (aka one of the wizards) Rajesh Menon confirms that “light is the fastest thing you can use to transmit information," from the wizard report which appeared Monday in the journal Nature Phototronics

"But that information has to be converted to electrons when it comes into your laptop. In that conversion, you're slowing things down. The vision is to do everything in light."

So they have now created the smallest polarization of a beamsplitter.

Menon, along with his wizard fellows, estimate that the beamsplitter will completely revolutionize supercomputers and large data processing units in perhaps only 3 years.

In only a couple years your mobile devices will be wired up with these badass beamsplitters to deliver lightning fast data with a bigger battery life (because they consume less power).

 

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