- Jan 1, 1970
My dream PC is as hardware, real-time, and digital as possible. In
addition, it uses the least amount of buffering required [hopefully
none] and experiences the least amount of latency possible [again,
This may be your dream but it may also be a nightmare. You also said
you wanted low power and no fan. If you want a lot of speed, you
really want a good cooling system and a whole lot of power. If you
want to make a faster system with low power, you want to make use of
things like lookup tables and hashes.Couldn't the problem of excessive heat and large use of power be
solved [or at least mitigated] by using lower voltages while still
running things in real-time [and with the least amount of storage,
software, buffering, and latency possible] and not using fans?
No. It largely can't be avoided. If you have to do your sine function
from first principles and you want speed, you need a huge number of
operations per second.
Do you think the heat generated and power requirements will decrease
when photonic chips are available?
AFAIK, photonic circuits produce less heat than electric circuits.
However I am aware that even when photonics becomes the norm [i.e. if
is does], electricity will still be necessary for power supply.
I am thinking of a purely optical computer that is powered by a main
400 nm laser. The main laser if of course powered by electricity.
This optical PC contains 400 nm lasers but no LEDs. AFAIK, lasers tend
to be more efficient that LEDs.
So do you think a chip based on lasers - instead of electricity - can
be as real-time, hardware, and digital as possible while using the
least amount of buffering required [hopefully none] and experiencing
the least amount of latency possible [again, hopefully none] and at
the same time being high-speed not getting hot enough to need any
I think it would be easier to do this in photonics that electronics.
Since electronics seem to easily overheat.