Forget LiFi, Firefly uses infrared lasers to transmit data and torture acronyms. Researchers out of Penn State, backed by Microsoft, are working on a way to get rid of the wiring in your server room and replace it with IR lasers and mirrors; hold the smoke. By using multiplexed beams, they have created a proof of concept test which allows bi-directional data streams at 10 gigabits per second though there is some work to be done before it is ready for a full test.
The mirrors would be MEMs controlled, ensuring that the signal should theoretically be able to reach any receiver, even ones obscured by other equipment. Anyone sick of cable management or looking for new ways to keep people out of the server room can take a peek at the link to the research that The Register posted. On the other hand, the simple act of walking into your server room, setting down a box or even a leaf on the wind would be likely to cause downtime. Could protective goggles might be the newest sysadmin fashion faux pas?
"Shown off at Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco, Firefly (acronymically tortured out of Free-space optical Inter-Rack nEtwork with high FLexibilitY, we kid you not) proposes FSO to provide multiple 10 Gbps inter-rack links."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10 is now on a quarter of desktop machines* @ The Inquirer
- AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines @ The Register
- KDE Plasma 5.9 Released @ Slashdot
- Suffered a breach? Expect to lose cash, opportunities, and customers – report @ The Register
- Comcast will charge extra fee for watching TV on Roku boxes @ Ars Technica
- GitLab sysadmin accidentally deletes 300GB of data @ The Inquirer
- 2K Games Wins the Right To Store and Share Your Biometric Facial Data @ Slashdot
- The Future of iOS is 64-Bit Only — Apple To Stop Support For 32-Bit Apps @ Slashdot
- TRENDnet TV-IP314PI Indoor/Outdoor 4MP PoE Day/Night Network Camera Review @ NikKTech