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What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« on: June 08, 2013, 01:48:20 AM »

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013, 02:03:53 AM »
To put it in context - your brain holds roughly 7 petabytes if you live a long and full life.
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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013, 11:29:02 AM »
If this isn't an exaggeration, I would like to know what storage methods they are using. Anything conventional I can think of for that much data would use so much power it would need its own nuclear reactor. It would also need so much cooling, they would need to put it in the North Pole.

Has DARPA broken through with a more efficient data storage technology?

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2013, 12:41:02 PM »
So where do my beloved "gazillions" fit in this picture?
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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2013, 12:47:53 PM »
So where do my beloved "gazillions" fit in this picture?

The price tag

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2013, 02:28:40 PM »
And the NSA needs to store all that information because...?
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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2013, 02:51:52 PM »
And the NSA needs to store all that information because...?

That is classified, Sir.
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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2013, 10:55:01 PM »
If this isn't an exaggeration, I would like to know what storage methods they are using. Anything conventional I can think of for that much data would use so much power it would need its own nuclear reactor. It would also need so much cooling, they would need to put it in the North Pole.

Has DARPA broken through with a more efficient data storage technology?
Take a look at the cooling units.
Each one is the size of a small house!

I read somewhere that they will require 3 million gallons of water per day .. just for the units?

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2013, 11:00:19 PM »
wonder who got the HVAC contract?

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2013, 11:01:43 PM »
The most powerful computer the world has ever known.

That machine, the Titan Supercomputer, is capable of churning through more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second or 20 petaflops. (1 petaflop = 1 quadrillion instructions per second).

(Anyone ever say that The Anti-Christ 'had' to be human?) :pondering:

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2013, 11:03:20 PM »
This probably explains why the cost of storage devices have gone up lately, the government is buying them all.
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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2013, 12:25:54 AM »
What I wanna know is .. can I get one of these pc's and will it fit on my desktop? :pondering:

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2013, 10:21:55 AM »
If this isn't an exaggeration, I would like to know what storage methods they are using. Anything conventional I can think of for that much data would use so much power it would need its own nuclear reactor. It would also need so much cooling, they would need to put it in the North Pole.

Has DARPA broken through with a more efficient data storage technology?

Slower drive speeds, perhaps?

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Re: What The Heck Is A Zettabyte?
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2013, 10:24:26 AM »
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According to The Guardian, the term had to be created due to the fact that the total amount of digital content in the world grew by 62 percent last year to a total of 800,000 Petabytes, or 0.8 ZBs. 

In other words, the NSA is attempting to gather every byte of digital data to analyze.  Maybe it's just me, but this seems to go far, far beyond simply finding terrorists.


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