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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Data Storage Problems?

Here I was, thinking that us Next-gen genomics researchers (genomicists?) had a tough time with data management, simply by the phenomenal number of Gigabytes and Terabytes of data we're generating. Then I read this article, titled How the Large Hadron Collider Might Change the Web [Scientific American].

When it's up and running, they'll be generating 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) per year, compared to the several Terabytes per year we work with. Ouch.

Anyhow, as a model of distributed data analysis, it's definitely of interest. Maybe we'll learn something from the physicists. Or maybe they can lend me a few Terabytes of space for my projects...


Blogger William said...

Fantastic post, I read this having just gone to a talk on the royal data storage mess a 1000 genomes project will entail. Always trust the physicists to push the envelope before we even know it exists.

September 8, 2008 9:07:00 PM PDT  

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