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Salem
06-21-2006, 05:37 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5099584.stm

Govtcheez
06-21-2006, 05:41 AM
The team believes it is possible to make chips run at 1,000 Ghz, or one Terahertz, at room temperature.What do they base that on, given that they needed liquid helium to get this to run at half that speed?

Mario F.
06-21-2006, 05:42 AM
A chip like that gives us newbie coders a stack overflow in just a percentage of a second. It scares me.

dpro
06-21-2006, 12:43 PM
Definately cool looking. Apparently with the advent of "good" manmade diamonds, they are looking to increase speed further by using diamond semi-conductors. Unfortunately they predict this will probably happen somewhere around 2012 or so...

7smurfs
06-21-2006, 01:11 PM
Makes me want to major in engineering instead of computer science.

SlyMaelstrom
06-21-2006, 02:08 PM
Computer Science advances with the technology in the same manner.

Sure, 30 years down the road making a game like Doom might be equivalent to today's "Hello World" programs, but the real computer science will be utilizing the technology and producing things like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and everything else you see on Star Trek. :)

hdragon
06-21-2006, 03:02 PM
Yeah, chips like that could automatically pilot a ship like the movie "Stealth". I want a computer with that chip. Super!!!!!!!

SlyMaelstrom
06-21-2006, 04:01 PM
I just can't wait until we're running SkyNet on this baby.

Wraithan
06-21-2006, 04:10 PM
zomg, Judgement Day is coming!

kermit
06-21-2006, 04:21 PM
I just can't wait until we're running SkyNet on this baby.

I wonder if Miles Dyson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Dyson) had anything to do with that chip? ;)

hdragon
06-21-2006, 05:04 PM
Lets not think about war with the machines here. I want peace with super computer. Yeah, PC games will be awsome

SlyMaelstrom
06-21-2006, 05:24 PM
Oh yeah... Virtual Reality will be great.

Horror games like Resident Evil will sell all of about 6 copies.

hdragon
06-21-2006, 09:12 PM
Lets not make the virtual reality so realistic that may cause people die from heart acttack when they play those horror games

cboard_member
06-22-2006, 02:00 AM
I can't wait for VR gaming. Even if I'm 60 I'll still be in there.
Pwning teh nubie 16 yaer olds!!!!11!11!!

Salgat
06-22-2006, 01:46 PM
I can see some sloppily made programs in the future :) "oh no man, don't worry, its not like it'll effect performance."

SlyMaelstrom
06-22-2006, 02:04 PM
"Dude... you remembered to set the pain buffer on these zombies before you compiled, right?"

"Uhhhh.... yeah. EXIT! EXIT!"

"...You forgot to code the 'Exit' command, didn't you..."

Sang-drax
06-22-2006, 03:14 PM
What do they base that on, given that they needed liquid helium to get this to run at half that speed?

"At room temperature the experimental chips still managed to outperform standard silicon chips, running at about 350 billion calculations per second."

VirtualAce
06-22-2006, 11:31 PM
Great, more power for MS to waste.

jmd15
06-23-2006, 04:22 PM
Great, more power for MS to waste.

Well with Bill Gates stepping down in a few years, maybe they will get somebody in there that could turn MS in a new direction. A far-fetched hope at best but still a thought.

kryptkat
06-27-2006, 05:22 PM
You can not use it untill you have the support chips that run at that speed.

So what would you do with a machine that could run at 1 Thz? Meow!

joeprogrammer
06-27-2006, 05:33 PM
So what would you do with a machine that could run at 1 Thz? Meow!
It's just an impressive way of proving that silicon isn't the fastest material they can use in a chip. :)

No, but seriously. The idea is that they can use this to speed up mobile phones, PDAs, etc with this new breakthrough. As for a 1 Thz machine? I think those researchers need to work on hard drive speed now. :D

Mario F.
06-27-2006, 05:46 PM
I would sell it and buy meself a nice house with a swimming pool in southern Spain.

Cactus_Hugger
06-27-2006, 06:29 PM
Oh, 500GHz, that's nice:
1) Is it economically doable? If it the price is as big as the speed, it won't sell.
2) Are we going to be spending 70% of the cycles waiting on I/O? Hard drives, or worse, RAM? Or are we limited to the speed of the RAM except in the innermost loops of programs?

And why PDAs? The little thing that I pull out to take a few quick notes in? I'd rather have it in my desktop to crunch away at math problems (or CBoard contests ;)) or to compile programs faster. Plus my desktop has >100GB of storage behind it... my PDA has... 0.5GB?

Hunter2
06-27-2006, 08:57 PM
And why PDAs? The little thing that I pull out to take a few quick notes in?
You'd be surprised. It's quite frustrating how slow they can be sometimes, even with their 624Mhz CPU's. Especially if you're trying to play Quake on them. Anyway, 'compile programs faster' applies to PPC's too. Did you know there's at least 2 gcc ports for ARM? :) And, wouldn't it be cool if you could have a PPC *on* your desktop, to crunch away at math problems like a calculator on crack, instead of having to go home and turn on your computer to get the same result? :p


Plus my desktop has >100GB of storage behind it... my PDA has... 0.5GB?Pfft. When the age of the All-Pervading Network arrives, all storage will become as one, and we will turn to higher matters instead. [/mystic]

whiteflags
06-27-2006, 09:02 PM
Isn't the all-pervading network the internet? We are all connected to it, while the internet is nothing more than a loosely associated pile of text files and other stuff. While we can still store things on our computers, that seems to be completely a choice. So I vote that the internet is probably the closest thing to doing this.

edit: But I'm hijacking this thread. Sorry.

Hunter2
06-27-2006, 09:06 PM
>Isn't the all-pervading network the internet?
>>... that seems to be completely a choice.
And therein lies the rub... *bwahhahahaa!!!!* [/psychotic]

**edit**
mm, yeah. I should stop hijacking too.

kryptkat
06-28-2006, 08:49 PM
while the internet is nothing more than a loosely associated pile of text files and other stuff.

not any more. you have to join this or that to get those files or progs. or you have to be over a certn age to be able to jooin. no more info that is not regulated. not talking drugs or alcohol just info and progs. the net is almost ruined.

speed vs cost

Govtcheez
06-29-2006, 06:00 AM
I feel like I just read the sequel to "Fitter Happier", except that it sucked and made even less sense.

kryptkat
06-29-2006, 08:50 AM
even if you had the fastest pc at 1thz you still are limited by your connection. i think that is the problem with slow pdas.

how about drive space? the faster it can r/w the more space. more speed more space.

90 nop is not power<sortof>.... power == it has to be doing something.

Govtcheez
06-29-2006, 08:59 AM
Please, stop.

VirtualAce
06-29-2006, 11:37 AM
This thread is screaming...close me, close me!

twomers
06-29-2006, 12:10 PM
>> What do they base that on, given that they needed liquid helium to get this to run at half that speed?

Remember computers which worked on 33 Mega hertz? Now they run at 33000 Mega Hertz (possibly), ie 3 Giga Hertz. It's not unlikely that the 500 Gig-Hz can be multiplied by the same factor in the same amount of time which it took to multiply the 33 M-Hz to be multiplied. Possibly, I don't know. Forward expectations, but as they always say: The onl perfect science is Hindsight. (PS - sorry for replying to a post two pages previous)

kryptkat
06-30-2006, 02:04 PM
you can not just multiply the speed. It is a matter of propagation delay of the chip. And what the chip is made of. in theory the fastest a chip can run is the speed of light. meow!

Hunter2
06-30-2006, 03:08 PM
>>in theory the fastest a chip can run is the speed of light. meow!
Very good, sherlock. Now let's close this thread already?