Clever folks from UCL’s Optical Networks Group have broken the data transfer speed record, managing to hit a rather swift rate of 1.125Tbps. In simpler terms, that’s about 50,000 times faster than the average UK superfast broadband connection, which languishes at around the 24Mbps mark.
Using such a connection, lead researcher Dr Robert Maher says you'd be able to download every episode of Game of Thrones in HD, in less than a second. After frantically gobbling down every movie and TV show ever, here's how Maher explained the breakthrough:
Using high-bandwidth super-receivers enables us to receive an entire super-channel in one go. Super-channels are becoming increasingly important for core optical communications systems, which transfer bulk data flows between large cities, countries or even continents. 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. This ultimately resulted in us achieving the greatest information rate ever recorded using a single receiver.
It's all a bit complex, so we're happy to just sit back, nod slowly and dream of a world in which you could just point at stuff and instantly have it stored in your computer. Or brain. Or someone else's brain. It's the future, after all. [TechRadar Pro]