Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Here Comes 'Peak Data'

As Grandmother used to say, "It's one tham ding or another".
From Infectious Greed:

From a new paper in Science, speculation that we approach an important, hard limit in the capacity of fiber optic cable to transmit data. [-]
Filling the Light Pipe
David J. Richardson It has been a landmark year for the field of optical telecommunications, with the award of the 2009 Nobel Prize to Charles Kao for his insight in the mid-1960s that the future of communications lay in single-mode silica-based optical fibers (1) as well as the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of the laser—both key technologies responsible for the development of the global-scale communications networks of toda...MORE