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The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 21, 2024 12:32PM
Meet the Super DVD: Scientists Develop Massive 1 Petabit Optical Disk

[gizmodo.com]
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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: gabester
Date: February 21, 2024 01:25PM
one tiny scratch and you lose gigabytes of data!

reading the poorly written article, apparently for them a petabyte of data does not equal ~1,000 terabytes or ~1,000,000 gigabytes, but somehow a DVD-sized disc would only hold 125,000 gigs... so an eighth of PB?

And a storage array of discs high enough to hold a PB would be only 200 centimeters, but the same array out of DVD would be much higher at 2 meters.

Last time I checked, 200 centimeters = 2 meters.

Maybe they're missing a zero somewhere. If I had to guess, 2 meters = a stack of bluray players at 50GB apiece to equal a PB, and just 20 cm for 8 drives for the PB array on this new media.

The valuable part here is 54nm of vertical space split into 100 layers can be read with this new method.

If the article is to be believed...



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2024 01:33PM by gabester.
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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 21, 2024 01:40PM
I think there's some unit confusion in this article.



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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 21, 2024 05:08PM
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gabester
one tiny scratch and you lose gigabytes of data!

reading the poorly written article, apparently for them a petabyte of data does not equal ~1,000 terabytes or ~1,000,000 gigabytes, but somehow a DVD-sized disc would only hold 125,000 gigs... so an eighth of PB?

It's a petaBIT.

8 bits to the byte.

1000000Gb to the Pb/8=125,000GB.







Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2024 05:12PM by Tiangou.
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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: jonny
Date: February 21, 2024 09:22PM
Uhhhh... I'm thinking I got robbed on that Terabit drive I just bought!
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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: gabester
Date: February 22, 2024 09:05AM
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Tiangou
It's a petaBIT.

Oh that explains some of it...

But 200 cm is still 2 m... so where's the size reduction this media format is supposed to bring?



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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 22, 2024 10:15AM
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gabester
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Tiangou
It's a petaBIT.

Oh that explains some of it...

But 200 cm is still 2 m... so where's the size reduction this media format is supposed to bring?

"An array of HHD drives that could fit a petabit of data would be about 200 centimeters high. An equivalent array of Blu-Ray storage would be over 2 meters high..."

125,000GB = 125TB

Not sure how they're calculating the height of a drive. I'm not seeing the same numbers when I try to do the math...

Largest hybrid drive available to consumers is 8TB in a 3.5-inch form-factor. Not sure what the height is, but guesstimating about 42mm... 125/8 = 16 hard drives, which stacked up would come to about 672mm. (~67cm.) ... But 4TB HHD drives are more common. 125/4 = 32 drives * 42mm = 1344mm or ~134cm. Not 200cm. dunno smiley

An ordinary Blu-ray holds 25GB. 125,000/25 = 5,000 BD. At 1.2mm high, a stack of 5,000 discs would be 6,000mm. That's a stack 6 meters tall. Some Blu-rays can hold 50GB or 100GB... at 50GB, the stack would be 3,000mm tall, or 3 meters. At 100GB, it would be 1500mm or 1.5 meters... So, I guess they're using 50GB as the standard. 3 meters high is "more than 2 meters high."



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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: February 23, 2024 07:53PM
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Tiangou
"An array of HHD drives that could fit a petabit of data would be about 200 centimeters high. An equivalent array of Blu-Ray storage would be over 2 meters high..."

Yeah, but can't they compare it to something that we can grasp?
What would it be in terms of station wagons full of magnetic tapes?
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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: February 23, 2024 09:47PM
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TheTominator
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Tiangou
"An array of HHD drives that could fit a petabit of data would be about 200 centimeters high. An equivalent array of Blu-Ray storage would be over 2 meters high..."

Yeah, but can't they compare it to something that we can grasp?
What would it be in terms of station wagons full of magnetic tapes?

Ooh!

Okay, so a LTO-8 12/30TB tape holds about 16-18TB. (Marketers call it 30TB.)

125/18=7 tapes.

That's less fun.

Hmm...

Let's go old-school...

A classic Zip cartridge holds 100MB.

125,000GB is 125,000,000MB... Easy conversion to 1,250,000 Zip cartridges.

A Zip cartridge is 6mm tall.

That's a stack 7,500,000mm tall or a 7,500 meter stack of Zip cartridges. (24,606 feet.)

Haven't found a good source for the interior volume of a Buick Wagon (circa 1996, contemporary with Iomega Zip)... But I found the exterior dimensions.

Let's say you wanted to make a few solid scale models of the wagon from your 1,250,000 spare Zip cartridges. (Got to use them for something and they're all gonna have "click of death" anyway...)

A Zip cartridge is (97 x 98 x 6mm) or about (3.82*3.85*0.2) 2.94 cubic inches. The volume of 1,250,000 Zip cartridges would be 3,675,000 cu inches.

The Buick Roadmaster Wagon has exterior dimensions of 217.5 x 79.9 x 60.3 inches or about 1,047,908 cubic inches.

3,675,000/1,047,908 = 3.5 model station wagons made from your used Zip cartridges.

A stack of 3.5 full-scale model Buick Roadmaster Wagons would be about 17.6 feet tall. (About 5.4 meters.)

(You can tell I'm a bit bored tonight. smiling smiley )

Check my math?



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Re: The DVD makes a comeback?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: February 26, 2024 11:46AM
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TheTominator
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Tiangou
"An array of HHD drives that could fit a petabit of data would be about 200 centimeters high. An equivalent array of Blu-Ray storage would be over 2 meters high..."

Yeah, but can't they compare it to something that we can grasp?
What would it be in terms of station wagons full of magnetic tapes?

200cm = 2m so no difference.
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