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New storage technique can house 360 TB data for 13.8 billion years

Researchers develop 5D data storage technique with 'Superman memory crystal' that can preserve data for billions of years.

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Sean Ridgeley
Published Tue, Feb 16 2016 5:03 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

University of Southampton scientists have developed a new digital data storage technique that allows one to store up to 360 TB of data for up to 13.8 billion years.

New storage technique can house 360 TB data for 13.8 billion years | TweakTown.com

The technology is especially exciting for archive organizations, museums, libraries, and the like, all of which value highly the extreme long-term preservation of data. Already the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton's Opticks, Magna Carta, and King James Bible have been saved; the Declaration was recently presented to UNESCO by the ORC at the International Year of Light (IYL) closing ceremony in Mexico.

The technique utilizes nanostructured glass memory (dubbed the 'Superman memory crystal') created in fused quartz (one of the hardest and most durable natural structures in Earth's history) and femtosecond laser writing to record data in five dimensions (5D).

The researchers behind the technology will present their findings at the photonics industry's ever-important International Society for Optical Engineering Conference in San Francisco, California tomorrow. They are also currently looking for partners to help develop and commercialize it.

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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