From: Jeff Bone (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 20:43:00 PDT
It's staggering to think about, really... the difference between gigabit and top-end DSL is
close-order 4-5x the difference between today's top-end DSL and the first commercial modems.
When you think about the increase in depth, richness, and variety of experience between the
first modems and DSL, and then multiply that *increase* by 4-5x, that's what gigabit to the
house is going to get us over today's high-end pipes.
Another way to think about it: Ultra SCSI has a max bandwidth of 40 Mb / sec; IDE / ATA has
something like 33 Mb / sec. Gigabit network interfaces are right around the capacity of
today's top-end consumer local storage.
Wow, wow, wow.
Thanks to everybody for the thoughts on how to use it... keep 'em flowing. ;-) Here's a
follow-on question: when do y'all think consumer-priced gigabit to the home will be available
in your respective areas?
Brian Atkins wrote:
> All of those take less than 10mbit or 1/100th of the gigabit/sec proposed...
> Even if you do HDTV level videoconferencing with multiple participants you
> aren't going to break 100mbit (not to mention that the cameras would cost
> a crapload of $$$). So it doesn't appear that the average human is capable
> of individually generating or consuming more than 100mbit/sec ? It would
> have to be some kind of software under their control doing someting for
> them to really suck up that much bandwidth. They could run a warez server,
> or run a Beowulf/cluster that is in multiple physical locations.
> Jesse wrote:
> > DVD quality video on demand.
> > "real" teleconfrencing.
> > remote apps that don't perform like a dog. (though my soon-to-be-ex employer intonet.com
> > can do it with DSL-level bandwidth or a tad more.)
> > jesse
> > On Fri, Jun 30, 2000 at 03:17:46PM -0500, Jeff Bone wrote:
> > >
> > > Somebody asked me a really interesting question yesterday. What can you
> > > do with a gigabit to the home? In particular, what are the killer apps
> > > enabled by 3 orders of magnitude greater bandwidth than DSL?
> > >
> > > Thoughts appreciated,
> > >
> > > jb
> > >
> > >
> > >
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> > I have images of Marc in well worn combat fatigues, covered in mud,
> > sweat and blood, knife in one hand and PSION int he other, being
> > restrained by several other people, screaming "Let me at it!
> > Just let me at it!" Eichin standing calmly by with something
> > automated, milspec, and likely recoilless.
> > -xiphmont on opensource peer review
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