1993-11-12 - Re: Bandwidth limitations

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <pmetzger@lehman.com>
To: Clark Reynard <clark@metal.psu.edu>
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Message ID: <9311121650.AA03375@snark.lehman.com>
Reply To: <9311121335.AA15471@metal.psu.edu>
UTC Datetime: 1993-11-12 16:54:32 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 08:54:32 PST

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <pmetzger@lehman.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 08:54:32 PST
To: Clark Reynard <clark@metal.psu.edu>
Subject: Re: Bandwidth limitations
In-Reply-To: <9311121335.AA15471@metal.psu.edu>
Message-ID: <9311121650.AA03375@snark.lehman.com>
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Clark Reynard says:
> However, when people start doing genuinely exotic things, such
> as emailing their entire genome to their doctor;

The human genome fits nicely in 1GB. Mere Gigabit networks could allow
you to send your whole genome in seconds -- and fiber can do many
orders of magnitude better than that.

> or emailing
> vast files on self-administered MRI tests to the hospital;

A complete MRI scan can be sent on a gigabit network in mere moments,
too, and again, fiber can do far better than that.

> or transmitting graphical images of components for something
> as simple as factory work;

If you can send a thousand video signals down your fiber at once,
sending complete plans for a factory to build Fords, and the complete
plans for the cars, will likely take a wink of an eye.