Linked by weildish on Tue 9th Dec 2008 16:49 UTC
Databases In an almost indiscernible and confusing article filled with various scientific terms that most cringe to hear, it was described how in October of 2008 scientists successfully stored and retrieved data on the nucleus of an atom-- and all for two short lived seconds. With this new type of storage, a traditional bit can now be both zero and one at the same time, but in order to understand just how this is possible, translate the article linked above to plain English. Data integrity returns after two seconds at 90% and storage is obviously impermanent, so there are many kinks to work out before atomic storage actually serves a purpose, but give these scientists a couple of decades, and it's theoretical that we'll one day have nuclear drives the size of USB drives today (or MicroSD cards, or why not even specs of dust?) that can hold hundreds of terabytes-- even pentabytes-- of information.
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nuclear drives
by goffster on Tue 9th Dec 2008 17:36 UTC
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2007-11-24

The more "certain" the data on an atom,
the more energetic it will be.

That is a very large stumbling block.

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RE: nuclear drives
by modmans2ndcoming on Wed 10th Dec 2008 00:53 in reply to "nuclear drives"
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2005-11-09

ah... but if you use redundancy and poll say, 100 atoms, all of which had the same bit written to them, your energy levels for high liklyhood of correctness are reduced.

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RE[2]: nuclear drives
by rexstuff on Wed 10th Dec 2008 05:50 in reply to "RE: nuclear drives"
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2007-04-06

Well, not necessarily. That would depend on the relation of energy to certainty. It might be more 'efficient' to just use one atom with high energy than a whole bunch with very low levels.

Edit: typo

Edited 2008-12-10 05:54 UTC

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