Unless you happen to be a molecular scientist, molecular physics just got interesting. Especially to IT reps in all locales, molecules now hold a significant key to unlocking ultra-efficient data storage. Soon, data center operators will be able to store insane amounts of data in specialized layers of molecules. The concept might defy belief, but it won’t be long before data storage manufacturers are taking serious note of the new technology. It’s called “molecular memory,” and it could mean that within a decade, IT personnel will be saving at least 1000TB of memory in a square inch of space. Hopefully as a result, data centers worldwide will be able to use energy and space with less waste.
The special molecule used in the research, which took place in an MIT lab, originated in India by scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). It’s an exciting prospect that, if nothing else, will progress the discovery of even more real and viable alternatives to traditional data storage.
With the recent leap forward in the technology, researchers have mounted certain milestones in the manufacturing stages that will decrease some of the cost of manufacturing as well as produce a product that will be kept cool more easily. This last part will be music in the ears of IT personnel who are responsible for finding the most cost-efficient ways to regulate the temperature in their facilities.
How it Works
By manipulating the magnetic conductivity of the molecules, researchers replicated binary ones and zeros using the state of the molecules’ magnetism. This creates molecular memory, which grants us the ability to save even more data in less space.
What Happens Next?
As data center operators across the globe work to cut costs and improve performance, this technology is both timely and invaluable. Moodera is hopeful that the findings will spur interest in developing more memory solutions.
Jagadeesh Moodera, who led the research team at MIT, anticipates that workable storage devices modeled after the science of molecular memory will be ready as alternative options to standard SSD systems within a decade. Resultant bonuses of the technology will be a better use of the energy to power and cool the devices in data centers as well as a more efficient use of hard drive space.
Posted by admin on January 25th, 2013 :: Filed under Uncategorized
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