Now, I'm surprised they didn't carry this research a few steps farther.
The claim is always made that if computers didn't need to refresh  
their memory, they wold be magnitudes faster.
Why not build a computer (liquid helium cooled) that does exactly what  
they tested in this experiment.
I.E. no need to refresh memory at all except for once an hour or so.
Wouldn't that make the machine much faster.
Effectively it would be 0 refresh, since in 99 percent of cases,  
nothing needs to remain in memory for an hour anyhow during normal  
computer usage, only update the memory when it changes, and not have  
to worry about loosing memory continuity at all.
You could of course implement some sort of a sleep mode (I.E. dump the  
contents of memory to a flash drive or nvram or something) when not  
used at all for x minutes, this would negate the need to refresh even  
after an hour.
There's always technology researched for making machines faster by  
running them at higher clockrates, but this would do wonders for  
speed, as there would never need to be a single memory refresh under  
normal operating circumstances.
Of course, all this is theoretical, until someone does the testing,  
but it is a nice idea. (at least I thought so)

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