An ultra-fast fiber optic network could be on the horizon thanks to research conducted by Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida. With a whopping 255-terabits per second transfer rate, this multi-modal fiber line would be capable of transferring large amounts of data at 2,550 times the speed of the fastest line currently available.
Big Data Requires Increased Speed
Even with the best fiber connections, transferring large amounts of data can take an exceedingly long time to complete. However, this isn’t the case with multi-modal fiber line currently under development; 1 terabit of data could be transmitted anywhere in the world in just three tenths of a second. Such an impressive capability would be an ideal alternative for the transatlantic sub-sea cables currently in use.
Multi-Modal vs. Single Mode Fiber
The lightning-fast speed of this technology is afforded by unique construction. Unlike today’s single mode fiber, multi-modal cables consist of seven distinct cores, capable of carrying up to seven signals at one time. With the current configuration, only a single signal is transferable at any given time, which greatly diminishes the speed in which data can be transferred.
The Future of Computing
Of course, there are quite a few obstacles standing in the way of ultra-fast fiber lines. Price is certainly a major factor, as implementing this system will require a costly overhaul of current infrastructure. While fiber providers may be excited at the prospect of increased speed, this technology will require a bit more time before becoming widely available. Check out some of these resources on fiber optics, where you can get a better idea of how current infrastructures run their fiber networks.