- a microSD card weighs somewhere around 0.4g
- the highest capacity microSD that's easily available is 256GB
- a trebuchet can throw a 90kg projectile over 300m
90kg worth of microSD cards is 225,000 of them
Therefore a trebuchet can throw 57.6PB of data over 300m
This would have the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created
@troubleMoney The trouble is data reliability and the absence of speedy error correction mechanisms. You'd have to admit a 57.6 PB mass of data would not arrive at its destination with every 256 GB packet intact, let alone in the proper order. (Well, it would arrive there intact and in the proper order at the instant of arrival, but the buffer it's then immediately pressed into is not exactly compatible.)
if there were a trebuchet already ready on the other side, it would simple be an issue of how fast one could process the necessary data on the receiving side before transport back to the sending side begins.
@troubleMoney this is the mess networking we deserve
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@troubleMoney this is kinda like the classic thing of doing latency/throughput comparisons between:
a 50 cal machine gun firing bullets filled with microSD cards
a semi full of harddrives.
which was basically a joke until amazon actually started providing a-semi-full-of-harddrives as a service. 😣
@troubleMoney but wait.
A microSD card occupies a volume of 0.165 mL.
A 45' hi-cube intermodal container has an internal volume of 86020 L. This means that you can fit 521 million microSD cards in one such intermodal container.
This means you can fit 133.5 EB of data on the back of a large truck, substantially more than you could launch with a trebuchet.
So, a residential water supply line is typically 3/4" or 1" in the US, apparently, with 40-45 PSI being typical. Let's go with 1" - broadband! - and 45 PSI, and I think that comes out to about 40 gallons per minute.
At 15 x 11 x 1 mm (0.165 cc) per card, 40 gallons of SD cards is about 917,676 SD cards.
At 256 GiB per card, you're looking at 29.87 pebibits per second.
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Hahaha So what's the total bandwidh of a cargo ship like the CSCL Globe capable of transporting 19100 twenty-foot containers (at 39k litres each)?
I suppose you would have to factor in distance from China to England for example, throughtput wouldn't be the same when shipping to Sydney.
@troubleMoney I spent waaaay too long on this site ...
... trying to design a trebuchet that would achieve 300m with a 90kg projectile, so I could find out the flight time, so I could figure out the actual mb/sec bandwidth.
I gave up, but it was a lot of fun, and I learned way more about trebuchet design than I ever thought I wanted to.
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