CMU Researchers to Receive $21.6 Million to Enhance Computer Data Storage


October 22, 2001

Carnegie Mellon University's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) and Seagate Technology, along with other academic and industry partners were awarded matching funds for a five-year, $21.6 million project to perform research in promising new data storage technology. The award was granted by the Department of Commerce's Advanced Technology Program, administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Robert M. White, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the 18-year-old DSSC at Carnegie Mellon, said the project seeks to develop dramatic increases in data storage performance, capacity and reliability.

The technology, known as Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR), is expected to help the storage industry meet the challenge of keeping up with overall storage demands. The value of this new technology lies in the fact that the current technology is close to reaching its limit and HAMR promises to go beyond that limit by a factor of 100 or more, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers.

The need for increased storage has been pushed to the limit by continued expansion of computer networks, the proliferation of the Internet into every business function and home use, the extension into the entertainment industry, and the emergence of new data storage consumer products.

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