Light to Shrink Computer Clusters

IBM is looking to replace the well-known copper circuitry in computers with beams of light.

What are the benefits of using light instead of clunky copper wiring in computers?

Here are a few:

  • 100 times faster
  • more powerful
  • much smaller
  • produces less heat
  • and uses less energy

How? Well, since they replaced the copper wiring with beams of the good stuff (light) data is traveling at 186,000 miles per second.

So…supercomputers that fill up an entire room can now be the size of your laptop. Didn’t this already happen about 25 years ago? Yes. And now it’s happening again. Technology gets better and smaller as time goes on. Eventually computers will be a tiny speck that’s more powerful than anything around today

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