Computer problem

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  1. Joker9999

    Joker9999 New Member

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    For my physical chemistry class my instructor gave us this problem: Basically the speed of computers is limited to the size we make them, and as our machining capabilities are limited, we are reaching the apex of how fast we can make the computers go. How do you circumvent the problem of not being able to make computers smaller but needing to make them faster?

    Little help?
     
  2. sleepy71

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    physical chemistry? That's a new one. Is this high school?
     
  3. Joker9999

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    I'm a junior in college. Its a lot of thermodynamics.
     
  4. monolith

    monolith My soul grows ever weary and the end is ever near. OT Supporter

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    Well if you have a limited amount of space you make whatever you put into that space more efficent. So you would put more funding into the design and engineering of CPU's, mobo's, HD's, vid cards, etc...

    That's where I would start.
     
  5. 5Gen_Prelude

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    speed of electricity is faster than the speed of light?
     
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    not when i was in phys 12.... but then my phys teacher smoked crack.
     
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    i disagree with the size contention, I think it has more to do with the design. Just because it has a higher Mhz rating dosen't mean it's faster. But I'm sure all the AMD people know that. I don't really see what a chemist would know about CPU design...This is all bullshit we should really do this...

    "We must move forward, not backward, upward, not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!!"
     
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    This is true, but in general, in order to make a chip faster by some degree of magnitude (like to move from GHz to THz) it's required that you fit more circuitry into the same amount of space, or come up with a way to transfer data faster over the same distance.
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    I recently saw an article in some magazine about redsigning the entire computer structure to have a base code of Hex instead of binary.

    Basically how it worked is that instead of the two choices the computer can speak with now (1/0 or Current/No Current), the base code would be read by the magnitude of the electrical signal, increasing the amount of information that could be sent at once. Wouldn't work in long distance comms due to loss of info and misread currents from resistance differences over distance, but might be really effective in a localized PC setting.
     
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    I'm going to build me a computer based on reostats y0!
     
  12. kosstamogen

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    yeah that's true, kind of like the time it takes to execute the fastest command. Intel obviously took that approach, with their super long pipeline approach, thus giving them the upper hand in mhz, some (mostly amd'ers) would argue that those processors weren't as fast as their competitors.

    so basically reduce the critical path, and u get the same mhz at comparable a "size" but you get a "slower" computer. Hahahaha
     
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    if you put it on a 747 it will go pretty fast. other than that i dont know
     

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