IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - February 2018 - 6
Breaking the Tape (Record)
IBM and Sony have recently collaborated to push the limits
of the storage capacity of magnetic tape. They have developed tape capable of storing 201 GB per square inch, which
almost doubles the previous world record (also by IBM) of
123 GB per square inch. In total, each cartridge of tape contains a monstrous 330 TB of storage. IBM has held five world
records for tape storage since 2006, jumping from 6.67 GB
per square inch to 123 GB per square inch in 2015, and has
now nearly doubled its latest record, meaning we can expect
to see continual increases in tape based storage density in
the years to come.
PHOTO COURTESY OF IBM RESEARCH
In this photo, IBM scientist Dr. Mark Lantz holds a square-inch
piece of Sony Storage Media Solutions sputtered tape, which can
hold 201 GBs, a new world record.
Plastics have revolutionized manufacturing, being among
the cheapest and most easily produced materials. The
one area where they are deficient is in heat conducting
capacity. As a result, they have yet to make a foothold in
any field of application requiring the efficient dissipation
of heat. Researchers at the University of Michigan have
developed a new technique that changes the molecular
structure of the plastic to greatly improve the rate at which
they dissipate heat. These developments could easily lead
to cheaper and lighter electronics, ranging from computers
to vehicles, that possess greater energy efficiency.
A Tale of Five Cities
IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge program will be deploying teams of IBM experts
to five cities through 2018. These teams will provide the selected cities with
free consultation on topics such as economic development, immigration,
public safety and affordable housing. The five recipient cities-Palermo, Italy;
Yamagata, Japan; San Jose, California; Busan, South Korea; and San Isidro,
Argentina-were chosen from a highly competitive pool of more than 100 cities.
Since 2010, IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge program has given grants to more
than 130 cities worldwide, utilizing the expertise of nearly 800 IBMers and delivering $68 million worth of services at no charge.
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