Computer Scientists in de USA hebben het voor elkaar gekregen om transfer speeds van 1 Gigabit te bewerkstelligen naar gewone desktop PC's in een LAN, via TCP/IP waar het internet ook mee werkt. Alleen hebben we er nu vrij weinig aan, Desktop PC's zijn nog niet in staat zoveel data ineens te verwerken. Hier heb je een stuk uit het artikel.
The backbones of current LANs can run at a gigabit per second but the data transfer to a desktop computer connected to the LAN is limited by the network card, usually 10 or 100 megabits per second.
The Duke LAN is experimental and operates within a small space but Professor Chase believes the techniques developed there could eventually help computer users obtain more efficient access to larger scale networks, including a future version of the Internet. It might also mean that standard TCP/IP type software could be used for such cutting edge applications as wiring together individual desktop computers into a massively parallel supercomputer.
"What we've done is narrow the gap between standard TCP/IP communications that everybody loves and knows how to use and has the software to use and these more cutting edge technologies that are harder to use and difficult for people to program," said Professor Chase. "Over decades a lot of very smart people have done a lot of work trying to write the software that allows TCP communications at very high speeds. In some sense, what we have done really is show that they got it right." he added.