Which comes first, the pixel or the ping?
May 1, 2012 5:34 PM Subscribe
posted by Frayed Knot (53 comments total)
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On a desktop computer, which is faster: sending an IP packet 3,000 miles across the Atlantic ocean, or sending a pixel a couple of feet to your monitor? According to Johh Carmack, the IP packet arrives first.Carmack
is the well know and highly respected programmer of classic PC games such as Doom
and Quake, and the co-founder of id Software, one of the first PC Game companies. The surprising result comes from significant delays in processing the user's input, and the time it takes for a monitor to actually draw a pixel.