DreamHack Gets a CRS-1
11:25 AM -- A pet peeve of mine is the PR of big numbers. If a factory builds 200 million widgets a month, it becomes "enough to reach to the moon and back 8,888 times!"* It's gratuitous, meaningless math.
It's one thing when a PR firm or TV newscast does it. But a respected geek organization?
DreamHack, the enormous LAN party held in Sweden twice a year, is running this week on an OC768 contributed by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Telia . Powering the network is, of course, a CRS-1.
And DreamHack's Website is crowing about the kinds of numbers that have been Cisco's hobby ever since the CRS-1 first came out. Proudly, Dreamhack explains the CRS-1's 92 Tbit/s -- er, make that 46 Tbit/s -- can feed 15 million HD streams! Or connect 1 billion online game sessions!
Why don't we just do that with all numbers in life? Look! If I drink a large coffee in one minute, that's 71,000 microliters per second! If I walk nine miles every day, I could be in New York after a year!
Or to paraphrase Steven Wright: If you took all the veins, arteries, and capillaries out of a man's body and laid them end to end... that man would die.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading
* I think this comes out to 10-mile-long widgets, but you get the idea.