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Old 13th February, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by danrok
Most of us put even the fastest processors to hard work everyday. At least, collectively we do.

We all use Google's processors or AOA's server's processors, etc.

But, I don't think we're as short of processing power as we are short of bandwidth on the net's backbones. That's where we really need to see some advances, before things start to get real slow.
Today's compression algorithms are dominated by the need to be able to decompress with very little processing power. In general, the idea is that we will sacrifice processing on the front end for compression as long as it is easy to extract. With more processing horsepower available at the client, we can use compression algorithms that are more efficient than those available today, but which also require more processing power to decompress in a reasonable amount of time. Thus, more powerful cpus could actually help us make better use of the available bandwidth.
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