Skip to comments.UCL sets new digital data speed record: 50,000 times faster than today's superfast internet
Posted on 02/14/2016 6:24:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Imagine downloading Game of Thrones - all seasons, in HD - within a single second. That's what a next-generation optical transmission system developed by University College London scientists could do.
Their system can handle a rate of 1.125 terabit per second - that's 50,000 times faster than the average "superfast" broadband connection in the UK.
The team set the record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information.
The infrastructure itself isn't revolutionary. The system uses optical fibres, which are already used to carry binary code as light signals through thousands of kilometres of wire.
What has made the system's speed possible is splitting up the data.
To achieve this, the team encoded digital information using techniques common in wireless communications but less common in optical systems.
They sent data through 15 different transmitting channels, each carrying an optical signals as a different wavelength, and combined these channels in a single optical receiver.
Grouping channels together in this way created what the team refer to as a "super-channel", generally believed to be the future in next-gen communication systems.
"Super-channels are becoming increasingly important for core optical communications systems, which transfer bulk data flows between large cities, countries or even continents," said electronics engineer Robert Maher, who led the study.
"However, using a single receiver varies the levels of performance of each optical sub-channel so we had to finely optimise both the modulation format and code rate for each optical channel individually to maximise the net information data rate," he explained.
To achieve their record-breaking speeds, the authors hooked their transmitter straight up to the receiver. This doesn't exactly mirror the real world - the long stretches of optical wiring data has to travel through can distort the signals. The team will next measure how their data rates fair over a long distance transmission.
That’s more porn than anyone can handle!!
The porn star flies out of your monitor and lands on the kitchen floor.
That’ll come in handy — ATT is almost ready to roll out 5G mobile phones, and the land network has to be there to handle the bandwidth.
Everyone has been trying to multiplex more onto a single strand, but the distortions of long haul transmission make it impractical.
These guys have only proved what everyone already knew.
Skynet is stirring.
The problem is not moving data across the fiber. The current problem is moving it OFF the fiber.
1.125 terabit per second is about 140 gigabytes per second. That’s pretty fast, but I bet the Internet connection on the Enterprise was even faster!
Now they need to invent a HD that can keep up with it ;^)
I expect we will be buying 250-500 terabyte drives in a handful of years, as new storage tech develops.
I'd be happy to give it a try!
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