8 Gigs not enough for you? How about 2.5 TB!!!

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  1. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    The US government has just purchased the world's largest RAM disk: 2.5 Terabytes! Think how many garageband loops you could record with that kind of memory!
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Bloody hell. $4.7m :eek: I love America, always gotta go bigger and better :rolleyes: :p ;) Still, I suppose the kind of tech be used may dwindle down to us one day and bennifit us in everyday use.
     
  3. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    Man, that's a RAM disk, for crying out loud! I didn't think RAM chips bigger than, maybe, 8 gigs, existed. Damn, where are the RAM-based Hard Drives already?

    Not to mention...how big are these RAM disks?
     
  4. Sabbath macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! now those are the kind of numbers that really blow your mind. To think I thoughtI was doing ok with 768Mb of RAM hahahah
     
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  6. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    nope, that's not really enough for me...sorry...as I've said, I do a lot of graphics intensive work. I don't think that would be sufficient. Oh well.
     
  7. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    Imagine, in 2020 that could be the base for a home computer;)
     
  8. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    not likely. Most projections suggest that we will see a a dramatic leveling off of processing needs for the average user in coming years. But I think that's assuming a drop in the lowest common denominator of the computer user. The idea is that in the next few years, the average computer user will do little more than check e-mail, use the MS Office suite, and chat on AIM. The new people who have started using computers lately are of this sort and will continue to be.

    The real breeding grounds for people who use their computers for lots of different, crazy things waned in the mid 90s. You'll see the new batch of these folks only from the parents who were becoming familiar with computers through the mid 90s.

    So maybe you'll see this craziness in gaming systems, but it's doubtful that the average user in 2020 would need this, according to industry experts.

    But industry experts also thought that spontaneous generation was a pretty solid theory.
     
  9. idkew macrumors 68020

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    i wonder ho much power that much ram pulls....... its got to be a huge amount.
     
  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Man, that would suck if they bought it from a cheap supplier and the ended up with kernal panics due to a bad RAM stick.
     
  11. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Tell that to my computer that just finished ripping and encoding my 138th DVD into DIVX last week. :p I have 346 DVD's and by the end of the year I hope to have them all ripped and encoded so I won't have to carry around DVD's to enjoy a movie. Just copy the ones I want off my server onto my laptop. Encoding into Divx is massively processor intensive. There is no such thing as fast enough for that process.

    As for those projections. Projections are like ***holes. Everyone has one and they generally are full of it.
     
  12. Dippo macrumors 65816

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    Yea, I totally agree. Computers will never be fast enough for everything, but for casual users, a 500Mhz computer will do most everything like e-mail, web, etc. and I highly doubt these people will upgrade any time soon.

    Still 2.5Tb of RAM would be great, I wonder want the transfer rates on that would be?? I am sure it would be great for playing games (no load times) :)
     
  13. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Yeah its for defense stuff.

    Ah whatever.

    Who knows, we probably have a secret 200 TB hardrive somewhere... gah.

    I still say its not big enough.



    BTW -- Insider info tells me this is cross checking every bit of data with every other bit of data they have on 'terrorists'.

    Also this might be run by DARPA... If you don't know... don't ask. :(
     
  14. Opteron macrumors 6502

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    What can I say, maybe GWB want to play HL2, in ULTRA MAGA HIGH detail, with 50k AA and 100K AF, @ 2565 FPS, in some obseen resolution.

    Just proof for a Right wing government wasting Valuable Tax payer money.
     
  15. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    Just realized something--at $4.7 million, this one RAM drive is more expensive than Big Mac. Hope it's well used....
     
  16. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    Imagine how many FPS you could get in Pong with that kinda RAM!!
     
  17. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    or better yet, if there was a way to cache files... how much porn you could cache on there :).... that's really what the government does... it just hosts porn websites ;)
     
  18. TEG macrumors 604

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    To my knowledge, the largest Hard Drive currently available in retail Circles is 512GB. However, I know of several companies who are piloting/beta-ing 768GB, 1TB, and 1.26 TB Drives.

    The Largest Hard Disk Array I know of is 200 TB. I believe IBM, SUN, or HP have them.

    TEG
     
  19. idkew macrumors 68020

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    ummmm $4.7 million is nothing between 280 million people. I paid 1.7¢ for it.
     
  20. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Haven't been keeping up eh?

    That stuff is Hott with 2 T's man... Hott.
    Yeah its not like the 50 Million Dollar INDOOR tropical RAINFOREST

    ahhhh MY EYES!!!

    ahhhhhh.


    idkew -- remember its not just you who is paying for it... its also my generation... and the next one.



    with that much ram... how many iPhoto pictures can you load? :p
     
  21. idkew macrumors 68020

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    or, the rainforest could be a success, along the lines of the hoover damn, mount rushmore... and make the government billions, lowering our children's taxes. you never know, rainforests are disappearing. in 50 years, this could be one of the few in the world.
     

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