Molecular physics just got interesting, assuming you’re not already a molecular physicists. Then you’ve been a fan for years. IT reps globally are taking notice of a new and promising technology called molecular memory. It’s got the makings of science fiction, but it’s legit and it could mean that data center facilities could be storing as much as 1000TB of data within a square inch of space, maximizing critical real estate within their facilities while cutting down on energy costs.
The special molecule used in the research, which was conducted in an MIT lab, was actually first developed in India by scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). It’s an impressive prospect that, if nothing else, will progress the discovery of even more alternatives to traditional data storage.
How the Science Behind it Works
By manipulating the magnetic conductivity of the molecules, researchers were able to replicate binary ones and zeros with the molecules’ magnetic state. The result is molecular memory, which allows us to store even more data in less space.
The Process of Discovery
Previous iterations of the technology involved two of what researchers called ferromagnetic electrodes, but with the recent discovery of a new type of molecule, the use of only one ferromagnetic electrode and a single layer of molecules was made possible. With previous versions of the molecule, several layers were required in a functioning device. The latest revisions to the technology would cut down manufacturing costs when/if the product is marketed in the future. Other discoveries made during research also suggest that with further development, the devices will be better equipped for utilization in data centers, which will prove to be a definite boon to IT representatives who are constantly overseeing temperatures within their centers.
What Does it all Mean?
Jagadeesh Moodera led the research team at MIT and predicts that workable storage devices based on the science of molecular memory will be ready as alternatives to traditional SSD systems within a decade. Resultant bonuses of the technology will not only be a more efficient use of hard drive space, but will also be an environment conscious use of energy to run and cool the systems in data centers.
As data center operators across the globe strive to cut costs and boost performance, this technology comes not a moment too soon. Moodera hopes that the findings will generate interest in developing more memory solutions.