Petabyte (was "terrobyte")

Subject: Petabyte (was "terrobyte")
From: Michael Andrew Uhl <uhl -at- VISLAB -dot- EPA -dot- GOV>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 12:55:09 -0800

Fellow TECHWR-Lers:

I just received the October-December 1995 issue of _Gather/Scatter_, the
quarterly newsletter of the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC). In an
introductory essay on page 1, the author mentions the SDSC's expectation
that by the end of next year, their system(s) will be processing datasets
1 terabyte (TB) in size with archive sizes of 1 petabyte (PB).

Just a reminder, a petabyte if 2^50 bytes: 1,125,899,906,843,000 bytes,
or about 1.126 x 10^15 bytes. That's alotta digits?

Now what's that in bits? ;-)


Michael Andrew Uhl, Lead Technical Writer uhl -at- vislab -dot- epa -dot- gov
Lockheed Martin, Primary Support Contractor to US EPA (919) 541-4283
Scientific Visualization Center,
National Environmental Supercomputing Center (NESC),
US EPA, Environmental Research Center, Research Triangle Park, NC

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