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07-10-2008, 05:39 PM
Taken from http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,23997354-15306,00.html

A group of Australian scientists has found a way to make the world's internet pipes run more than six times faster than today's best technology.

The breakthrough, announced during a special session at a photonics conference in Sydney yesterday, breaks through technical ceilings holding back the hundreds of thousands of fibre-optic cables that ring the earth.

The breakthrough was jointly discovered by photonics whizzes at Australian National University and Sydney University who found they could etch circuit-like patterns in glass to switch fibre-optic signals much faster than conventional electronics.

Professor Ben Eggleton, director of the Centre for Ultra-high bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), which developed the technology, said that the world's fibre links could handle more data than the complicated pieces of electronics that currently welded them together.

"There's a lot of capacity and bandwidth there but we're not harnessing it. We've been trying to increase the data rate over the last 20 to 30 years but it's slowed down in recent years because it's getting a lot harder," Professor Eggleton said.

Emerging conventional electronic switching devices are expected to be able to move data between links at around 100Gbps (100,000,000,000 bits of data every second).

CUDOS's glass devices can carry data at around 640Gbps.

CUDOS said that switching technology currently used in most of Telstra's networks ran at around 10Gbps.

Ryan Perera, Asia networks leader for networking specialist Nortel, said it was useful to compare the world's network to a railway system.

"High-speed trains can only be run reliably if they have an equally reliable switching system that lets them change course at full speed without any safety issues," he said. "In the same way, high-speed internet needs a reliable switching network."

However, Australian internet users should not expect the technology to load their web pages and download their files faster. Professor Eggleton conceded it would not help to make the lengths of copper to homes in the network model favoured for the Rudd Government's $12 billion NBN run faster.

But he said parallel photonics research had led to the creation of companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year and that CUDOS's glass etching technology was about five years away from commercial maturity.

The ANU and Sydney University own joint patents on the technology. Professor Eggleton said its development was the lead project of six that had received $12 million in funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) over the past five years.

The group was prepared to consider partnerships or licensing schemes to commercialise the technology, Professor Eggleton said.

07-10-2008, 07:08 PM
Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!

07-10-2008, 07:39 PM
A group of Australian scientists has found a way to make the world's internet pipes run more than six times faster than today's best technology.
Woo hoo... now the pipes can carry six times more spam. :rolleyes: ;)

I read that 95% of all email on the internet was spam last year... that looks like a good opportunity exists there to increase the internet pipes by 20 times just by jailing all the spammers.

07-10-2008, 07:41 PM
Just in time for the new pay as you go internet. Woohooo :o