Russia’s “eternal Drive” will be on sale by 2021

Within three or four years, Russian specialists will be able to supply the market with a unique means for storing information data – wheels on the basis of silica glass. Before widespread commercial application of this technology in 2021 is planned to rigorous testing and numerous tests in libraries, archives and museums, which will begin in 2019.

This project is the product of joint activity MUCTR. Mendeleev and the Foundation for Advanced Studies. Ivan Glebov, head of the laboratory glass nanostrukturirovniya, noted that the new technology will allow the disk to store the recorded information under the influence of sudden changes in temperature, radiation and aggressive environment. Flint glass discs withstand fire and water, and will save the recorded data for a hundred thousand years.

Russia’s “eternal Drive” will be on sale by 2021 (2 photos)
Commercial use of this technology, according to experts, will be widely claimed computer companies in order to “cold” data storage (provided extremely rare address to the data having a large volume). Innovation drives help save energy spent on the storage of large amounts of data. In addition, the silicon storage media may be interested in the military, financial institutions, archives and libraries.

Amended: Project consists of three components: a media recording and readout technology. “Disc” is a quartz glass as a CD standard diameter – 12 cm, thickness – 1.2 mm; weight – 300 g recording is performed using the femtosecond laser, Read – developed on the basis of our co-executor SRI “Pole” Dynamic Fitting Analysis birefringence . Obtained at the moment the recording speed – not less than 36 Mbit / s, which is equivalent to the Blu-Ray. The resulting reading speed – up to 50 Mbit / s.

The principle of recording and reading information is similar to the principle of an optical disk (CD / DVD / Blue-Ray ) – using a “recording” of the laser in the disc are storing point information, analogs of pits in the conventional optical disk. By means of the reading device data transmitted to the receiving device, are processed and fed into the computer in the form of audio, video, image, or text data. The disc works on the principle of “write once, read many”, meaning it writable, which is especially important for mission-critical documents.

The disc may be exposed to temperatures of 1000 degrees Centigrade during the day and it can be regarded as information. Moreover, studies have shown that even with thermal shock disc moving from the furnace at a temperature of 900 degrees Celsius in the cold water does not lead to significant errors or defects when reading the information. This property is very important when fighting fires, as a result of domestic fires in enclosed spaces physically destroyed all known data carriers, and data from them are lost completely. This is true for archives of strategic importance, government and military agencies, where security of information is a dominant problem.

Also, disks were tested for durability, compression, falling, sharp temperature gradient, radiation and chemical resistance. Of course, with a force of support can be broken, but, first, this problem is easily solved by a shock-resistant carrying case, and secondly, these discs are not supposed to wear in your pocket – they are designed for stationary use.

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