Description of InfBASE-Q
InfBASE-Q is a theoretical link-layer addition to Ethernet for transmission of signals across a link between two ansible connections. Because there is no transmission delay across an ansible link, the bandwidth is limited only be the time to read the signal off the ansible connection. As switching hardware improves in its ability to push data into and read data out of an ansible link, data transmission speeds will approach infinity.
The basis for this device is an ansible. An ansible is a pair of devices created using quantum entanglement of philotic connections, such that each end of the pair has a particle that can be manipulated to instantaneously know about the changes in the state of its partner particle. The size of such a device is limited only by the particle or group of particles that exist in their entangled state. Assuming a protium (1H) nucleus for the entangled particle, the lower limit for the size of the ansible is much smaller than the current size of an RJ-45 connector.
As data is sent into the InfBASE-Q device, the bits are translated into states of the protium nucleus. As the quantum-entangled state changes, the paired particle at the other end of the philote will change state as well, resulting in a signal at the opposite end. Since the signal is then sent immediately into the opposite end, the effective propogation time drops from a function of distance to a constant of putting data into and pulling data from the protium nucleus.
Because of the small size of the protium/ansible device, it would be possible to put eight such devices in a standard RJ45 connection. In this way, InfBASE-Q maintains backward compatibility with existing Ethernet standards and hardware. Clock synchronization, etc, would be handled as it is in today's mixed 10/100/1000BASE networks. The only foreseeable difficulty with this setup is the fact that opposite ends of the InfBASE-Q cable would not be directly connected. For that reason, it is imperative that care is taken to ensure ends of these cables are not mixed up.
Author: David Souther