Archive for November, 2013

How in HELL do you visualize a yottabyte?! Well, by use of a brilliant infographic.


Data on big screen


26 November 2013 – Nowadays, data size measurements such as kilobyte and megabyte are commonplace in tech parlance, but a new infographic puts those measurements into context, and takes a look at drive technologies, too. One byte? One character. 10 bytes? One word. A megabyte? A short novel. 10 terabytes? The entire printed collection in the U.S. Library of Congress. Etc., etc., etc.

Its source is our good friends at datascience@berkeley who are part of the University of California Berkeley and who offer a professional Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) which is delivered online and which features a multidisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare data science professionals to solve real-world problems using complex and unstructured data. For more information just click the link above. Two of our staffers are currently enrolled.

The infographic begins with the humble bit and works its way up in file size all the way to zettabyte and yottabyte. A yottabyte is equal to 1,000 zettabytes and one yottabyte is the size of the entire world wide web, according to the infographic.


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A fragile quantum memory state has been held stable, overcoming a key barrier to ultrafast computers – and encryption continues its death march



Quantum Computer systems encryption



15 November 2013 – For a few years now we have been promised quantum computers. The media has been full of reports. It makes use of all that “spooky” quantum stuff and vastly increases computing power, right? And they’ll be under every desk when scientists finally tame the spooky stuff, right? And computing will undergo a revolution no less profound than the one that brought us the microchip, right? Wow. Another “tectonic-major-disruptive-paradigm-shift-game-changing” thingie. Cool. Will it be on the App Store?

We’ve actually been following quantum computing for awhile, through Greg’s contacts at CERN and IBM Research and mine at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Ulm, Germany.

It is fascinating stuff … and yes, having degrees in physics and computer science helps … but of late it has been a hot topic made more prominent with the big news this past Spring of the quantum computer collaboration among Google, NASA and D-Wave not least of which is the fact that futurist and artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil (now Director of Engineering at … Read more