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Impossible mission : Almost unlimited storage on a simple glass pastille the size of a 2-euro coin for a lifetime close to the age of the universe.

Not impossible !

The Pet peeve of archivists today is to be able to preserve their archives as long as possible. This is also the case for the large public, which now has access to an impressive number of data, videos, photos, musics and other documents whose size continues to increase with the improvement of all devices accuracy. Everybody knows that external hard drives are unreliable and has a limited life in time, same for silicium disks such as CD or DVD-Rom. To overcome this problem, scientists at the University of Southampton in England have created a new storage system that does not exceed the size of a 2-euro coin. This system encodes the information it receives into tiny nanostructured glass. This kind of disk is capable of storing about 360 terabytes of data. Its life span would be estimated at 13.8 billion years, the age of the universe and could resist temperatures above 190 °! Thanks to this revolutionary little gem, we could not have to worried about the transmission of our knowledge to future generations any more.

The principle of storage that reaches such a high density of information would be achieved from an encoding not in 3D but in 5D. The strength of the glass support makes it possible because it can ensure protection against any external shocks contrary to current CD, DVD or HD vulnerable to scratches, dust but also to short circuits.

As a test, human rights and the Bible have already been stored. This prototype system has not yet been marketed. It will certainly be used primarily to store government data on museums, libraries or archives of administrative buildings but it is not impossible to see it in our displays one day when the record device will be sufficiently democratized.

Thierry MALET

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As a test, human rights and the Bible have already been stored. This prototype system has not yet been marketed. It will certainly be used primarily to store government data on museums, libraries or archives of administrative buildings but it is not impossible to see it in our displays one day when the record device will be sufficiently democratized.