There is a small article at the end of this one about MIT creating a
database with a capacity exceeding 1 petabyte.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hickey" <wahickey@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 22:16
Subject: FRUPAC: news from the industry
> Picked up the following items which might have more than a "passing"
> some of us.
> ULTRA-LOW-POWER CELL PHONES
> A radical approach to making the electronics in cell phones could cut the
> consumption of cell phones anywhere from 10 to 100 times, while also
> dramatically reducing their size and cost.
> The mobile phone of tomorrow faces competing demands: the need for more
> sophisticated ways of dividing up available bandwidth and the need to
> accommodate ever-more power-hungry processing. A research scientist at
> Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, MA, and research
> associate at MIT, says the solution may come from an unexpected approach:
> replacing the combination of analog and digital circuitry used today with
> he calls "analog logic." The researcher believes a cell phone using this
> technology could be completed in five years.
> These programmable analog devices can replace both the traditional analog
> digital components, saving power by avoiding the conversion between analog
> digital, which wastes space and power. The new components can also
> analog components, such as oscillators, with analog components that can be
> programmed. The result would be radios that can produce more complex
> that can be changed "on the fly," making it possible for many more callers
> use the same bandwidth without the signals interfering with each other, as
> as making it possible to optimize power savings for different
> What we can do now is make the radio programmable all the way to the
> You can imagine much better system-wide optimization given this
> the physical layer. It could lead to future phones that use a fraction of
> power of today's models, while enabling much greater use of available
> (From Technology Review, 16MAY06)
> The Media Lab at MIT is developing what the university claims is one of
> world's largest data storage arrays. The storage array is being
> the Media Lab's ambitious Human Speechome Project. The array will be used
> collect and analyze video and audio data for a research project designed
> better understand early childhood cognitive development. In a break with
> large-scale storage architectures, the array is being constructed based on
> Zetera Corps.'s Z-SAN technology. When fully built out, the Human
> Project computing infrastructure is expected to be composed of more than
> Seagate SATA drives, more than 300 Hammer Z-Rack storage enclosures, more
> 100 Marvell-based 10G/GbE switches, and about 400 blade processors.
> High-performance storage I/O anticipates the processing of 700 terabytes
> during each 12-hour overnight analytical run. By mid-2008, the
> have been assembled into a database exceeding one petabyte in total
> (From EE Times 15MAY06)