Researchers create five-dimensional storage medium with 360TB capacity that can outlast the...

By Shawn Knight ยท 15 replies
Jul 11, 2013
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  1. A team of researchers led by Jingyu Zhang from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Center and Eindhoven's University of Technology have successfully wrote and read 300KB worth of data to a five-dimensional optical storage medium.

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  2. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 106   +84

    Too bad the device used to read the data will be vaporized along with the human race.
    gkubed and hammer2085 like this.
  3. Surely aren't the plates carried on the Voyager spacecraft the first?
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Hmmm... it's self-assembled? Does that mean the nanostrucutres self-assemble themselves or the researchers self-assembled the drive? Can you imagine getting one of these things in the mail with the words 'Some Assembly Required'?!
    Step 1) Locate bag of 320 billion quartz nanostructures. Carefully place each nanostructure 5 micrometers apart on disc, being careful to balance equally across all 5 dimensions.

    Seriously though... nice job guys, it sounds very cool. But how do they know it'll outlast the human race? Does that mean they know when the human race will end? Because that information would probably be worth more than a 320TB drive. ;)
  5. All I saw when I read the title was "Researchers create super****ingamazingfuturistic harddrive".
  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    This is exactly what I came to post. I think these guys are a bit premature. Are they saying we will never colonize other solar systems?!. Or will something happen way before that. I call bullarky...or alien...less my battlestar gallatica dreams will be crushed.
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  8. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    Well, this is awesome! Don't mind this post lol.
  9. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    ...didn't add my comment. Nice. BUT it's awesome...I am so excited about this stuff and this constant change and expansion in computer technology blows me away. So the reason why I got into IT!
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    You should have included a few more images. The physics behind this is great.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  11. Yep writing to nano structures with a powerful laser that barely fits into your living room. The article did not say the size of the laser generator. also don't look into laser. It will write your itunes library to your glass eye one eye jack.
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Seriously? They are saying it'll outlast the human race because they are saying any event that will wipe us out (nuclear, asteroid, etc) is below 1832F. This part is false, I believe.
  13. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    I invented 4-dimensional storage media back in 1986, but I lost it down a crack in my sofa that was at 90 degrees to length, width and height.
    5 dimensions will be even trickier.
  14. Wel a human live is at most 120years
  15. Any other math nerd out there really tweaked by the fact that their coordinate system on their drawing is not correct? Right hand rule, kids. Either Z needs to be pointed down or they need to swap X and Y.
  16. When large tape drives help 100 bits per inch, NSA was at 3000. When pcs were 4.77mhz NSA was at 700mhz. This density is not new, just new to"us".

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