Microsoft: Project silica-Data stored in glass slides

Glass reader

The world has been difficult at work attempting to discover options to store a hundred zettabytes of statistics that are predicted to hit the cloud via 2023. The technological know-how is the end result of Microsoft Research's Project Silica, which used to be set up to plan new storage structures for the cloud. Project Silica's researchers have been working on growing ultrafast laser optics, which they used to encode the complete movie in the glass.
Using an ultrafast pulse laser they wrote 'voxels' inner the glass – that is, the third-dimensional equal of the pixels that make up an image. Each voxel, therefore, has its personal special orientation, depth, and size, making it a special encoder for the movie. Because voxels are engraved at the nano-scale level.

                                                                                                                            Image: Jonathan Banks for Microsoft

According to Microsoft, the glass and the facts it incorporates can face up to being boiled in water, baked in an oven, microwaved, flooded, scoured, and demagnetized. By completely altering the shape of the glass, the laser ensures that the records are securely printed for probably heaps of years.
"We without a doubt desire something you can put on the shelf for 50 or a hundred or 1,000 years and forget about till you want it."



How it would be helpful?

• For a media business enterprise like Warner Bros, this ought to have big implications. Storing its 100-year lengthy movie and tv archives is certainly presently inflicting it some headaches.
• The corporation maintains three copies of every asset saved in a range of areas around the world.
• It has plans in the vicinity in case an earthquake, a typhoon, or a furnace struck one of its storage locations. And each three to 5 years, it migrates its digital content material to remain in advance of degradation issues.
How does it work?
• The voxels encoded by means of the laser in the glass can solely be examined through a computer-controlled microscope that makes use of computing devices getting to know to decode and reconstruct the patterns that come out when polarized mild is shone via the glass.
• So, the statistics saved in the new technological know-how may not be facts that wish to be accessed regularly. Rather, Microsoft spoke of it as 'cold data', or archival facts that corporations are required to keep but do not want to see for months or years.

Conclusion

In different words, Microsoft is fascinated in science that exists solely for the cloud – something that it until now outlined in its mission announcement for Project Silica, in which it stated that its lookup was once no longer involved with the deployment of data outdoor the cloud, such as offices, homes, cell telephones or corporation statistics centers. Microsoft cautions that there is a good deal work in advance earlier than bodily quartz-glass archives can be used at scale. To do so, Microsoft engineers would want to velocity up statistics encoding, as properly as enlarge the records density.