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In the video right after the break, a guy demonstrated that he could use external graphic card to run games on MacBook Air with frame rate per second hovered around 90 frames per second. The trick is that he used Thunderbolt and his external graphic card rig. My imagination is now feeling tickled! Does this mean if we try and things are right we might be able to hook up a humongous box with — only — few dozens of external graphic cards within so we can do just about anything graphic intensive? Such a graphic card box will run hot of course, but with proper cooling everything will be alright. Furthermore, when you can externally partition graphic power from CPU power, it means you can have the graphic power be stationary everywhere, and all you need is your mobile devices to be on the go. I wonder, if the Internet connection can be just as fast as Thunderbolt, will graphic power go streaming in real time across the Internet tubes? Anyhow, the YouTube video is right after the break. Enjoy it!!!
Afterthought: Wouldn’t it be awesome if virtual computers (virtualization of computing power) could tap into the full potential of the external graphic power? In this sort of case, the virtualization of computing does not need to mimic the video graphic card hardware, but just tap into the graphic power directly. This will unleash cheap computing furthermore. You can basically run a bunch of different operating systems on one machine through the virtualization of computing with true graphic power. I think this will be super super cool!!!
Thunderbolt might be a hell lot faster in upcoming years. According to Gizmodo, Intel claims to work on new Thunderbolt version which will use fiber optic cable to push data. With this new way of pushing data, the data speed can be in the range of 700 MB/sec.
Imagine by today standard, a dual layer disk of Blu-ray can hold up to 50 GB of data. If my math isn’t wrong, then it takes only 71.43 seconds for one to completely transfer the maximum data capacity of a a dual layer disk Blu-ray over this newest Thunderbolt version that Intel is working on. It’s just plain awesome to see the transferring of data this large this fast!
A commenter on Gizmodo raises an issue where this newest Thunderbolt version yet might be useless, because there isn’t any storage technology that has yet to show it will also be able to read and write data at such speed. But to point this out, the commenter is wrong about this if Wikipedia is on the money! According to Wikipedia’s article “Solid-state drive,” and I quote verbatim:
At Cebit 2009, OCZ demonstrated a 1 terabyte (TB) flash SSD using a PCI Express ×8 interface. It achieves a maximum write speed of 654 megabytes per second (MB/s) and maximum read speed of 712 MB/s. In December 2009, Micron Technology announced the world’s first SSD using a 6 gigabits per second (Gbit/s) or 600 (MB/s) SATA interface.
As you can see, I don’t think the future has to worry about achieving the 700 MB/sec write and read speed of a storage technology since OCZ had demonstrated that it could already done something similar in 2009. If OCZ can, I think others will be able to do so too. So, it’s naturally to assume, I should say safely assume, that a compatible storage technology with the newest Thunderbolt version yet might be readily available in the upcoming years.
Sources: http://gizmodo.com/5844210/thunderbolt-will-become-even-faster++just-with-new-cables, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
It’s time to look forward, but not backward! About what? It’s about time to stop drooling of USB 3.0, and you need to get ready to drool about Light Peak since Intel is going to release it very soon. According to CNet, Intel will host some sort of public announcement on Thursday in San Francisco to introduce Light Peak — we may know the launch date too, but we have to see about that! So why should we stop looking backward at USB 3.0 and looking forward at Intel’s Light Peak? Oh, my apology for repeating the same question in various forms, because the answer is so simple that I just want to play with words! The answer to our Jeopardy question is that you will be able to double the data transfer speed of USB 3.0 by using Light Peak technology.
USB 3.0 in theory is capable of 4.8Gbps of data transferring, but in reality you won’t get the full 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0. On the other hand, Light Peak allows you to transfer data at 10Gbps. With Light Peak, I’m imagining that I can use an external hard drive that is supporting this technology as if it’s an internal hard drive. I’m thinking about installing an operating system on external hard drive that supports Light Peak! Hell, I can do a lot more than that, but you already know what you want to do and probably don’t care what I’m going to do with Light Peak’s compatible devices! Obviously, I’ve not a clue about the affordability of this technology, but we’ll see!
Oh, one last thing, everyone knows Apple has been anticipating for Light Peak for a long time, and so it’s not a surprise to see Light Peak technology inside the soon to be released new MacBook Pros. So, new MacBook Pros — the 2011 versions — will make the 2010 MacBook Pros look so outdated! Not because of Light Peak technology solely, but the new line of MacBook Pros will also have Intel’s Sandy Bridge chips, probably dual internal hard drives with a solid state drive as one of the dual hard drives, better battery life, and to complete the package with Light Peak — everything is going to be very sweet, except for the price tags. If none of this is true, then it will be truly a sad day for Apple users who have been anticipated for what next.