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Intel turns to light beams to speed up supercomputers
Intel will start using light pulses next year to move data at blistering speeds in supercomputers, yielding potentially massive advances in high-performance computing
It will use optical cables to move data more quickly than conventional copper wiring for linking computing and storage units. That faster data movement should improve system performance overall.
"If all your compute nodes are connected via photonics, it does start to make application performance look different," said Charlie Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of Intel's workstations and high-performance computing division.