Microsoft managed to store data on a small square of glass
Microsoft managed to store the entire 1978 Superman film, 75.6GB in size, on a small square of glass. An innovation that could revolutionize cold data storage …
Throughout history, a great deal of data and information has been lost . Whether burnt books, damaged antique tablets or corrupted hard disks, the sustainability of traces left by humans is threatened by many hazards …
This problem could finally be solved thanks to Mirosoft’s Project Silica. Researchers at the Redmond firm managed to encode the entire 1978 Superman film, the size of 75.6 gigabytes of data , in a small square of glass the size of a coaster.
A laser was used to engrave microscopic voxels on this thin glass plate in order to encode the film. The objective? Help Warner Bros. transfer its archives, currently stored on 35 mm film, to a medium capable of lasting several centuries.
Microsoft Project Silica Could Revolutionize Cold Data Storage
Microsoft says this new storage method is cheaper and more durable for storing large amounts of data. Researchers tried to bake the glass in an oven, immerse it in boiling water, scratch it with wire, but the data not remained intact. The only way to destroy them would be to smash the glass with a hammer.
The Project Silica seems ideal for cold storage , namely storage of data it is not necessary to access regularly. For good reason, unlike media such as cassettes or CDs, glass does not deteriorate over time.
At this time, it is unclear if Microsoft plans to commercialize this technology on a large scale or if it is only an experimental project reserved for Warner Bros. In the long term, this innovative technology could represent the future of data storage, just like other innovations such as DNA storage …