(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Starting next year, Intel will implement light pulses in its supecomputers in order to improve data speed transfers.
According to PCWorld, Intel will use optical cables, enabling data to move faster than the copper wiring used in storage units and computing.
“If all your compute nodes are connected via photonics, it does start to make application performance look different,” says Intel Vice Presidnet Charlie Wuischpard.
Currently light pulses can be found in “power-efficient and high-speed data transfers over communications networks,” thought this technology is being found more in data centers and PCs.
PCWorld notes that Intel is focused on optical technology because it can potentially surpass exascale computing, which supercomputer performance currently is at more than 1 exaflop.
By 2020, the chipmaker hopes to have a 1 exaflop supercomputer that can fit into a 20-megawatt data center.