Scientists turn light into sound to create faster Photonic computers

Scientists turn light into sound to create faster Photonic computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Photonic computers will boost the speed of modern day computing by at least twenty fold, but while converting data into light is easy, getting it back again has proved a challenge.   So far in the past few years we’ve turned light into a superfluid...

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New theory let’s scientists bring light to a standstill

New theory let’s scientists bring light to a standstill

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The manipulation of light is becoming an increasingly important factor in the development of new communications, computing, energy and entertainment systems, and our mastery of it is getting better all the time.   Light is famously fast, normally travels at nearly 300,000 kilometres per second through...

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US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to create next generation anything, whether it’s AI, aircraft, drugs, energy, healthcare, or materials you need a supercomputer and today China has the advantage but the US want to get back on top.   For the first time in history the US...

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Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light can behave in strange ways but now that scientists have managed to turn it into a superfluid at room temperature we could see new breakthroughs in communications and computing.   Light only travels in straight lines, or does it? Scientists have known for centuries...

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Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net

Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuromorphic chips that mimic how the human brain operates and carries out tasks still rely on silicon, moving to optical, or light, based computing will make them much faster, letting them process information multiple times faster than todays most advanced chips.   Neural networks are...

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New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

A new on chip metamaterial paves the way for than today’s platforms For the first time, physicists have designed an on-chip ‘metamaterial’ – a class of materials that display properties not found in nature – with a refractive index of zero, paving the way for light-based computers to transmit information at infinitely...

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