IBM teams with Irish researchers to create optical networks for next gen supers

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A team of researchers at the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) has begun working with technology giant IBM on a project that could ultimately lead to the creation of the world’s fastest and most powerful computer.

The CTVR was set up in Ireland in 2005 by Bell Labs as part of a €69m investment and is spread across eight Irish third-level institutions with Government funding from Science Foundation Ireland. It is also supported by IDA Ireland.

The team is collaborating with IBM on the development of a new optical network that may form a crucial part of the next generation of ‘supercomputers’ to be designed by the multinational.

…The CTVR will co-operate with teams from complementary fields in other universities to carry out the research. The CTVR has expertise in the area of optical control planes, while teams from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork and National University of Ireland Galway have experience in the design of optical transceivers and in optical processing, respectively.