You think your computer is fast?

With the days of megahertz far behind us, computing has moved on to something exponentially faster. Lucasfilm, Ltd. took this literally when constructing their new number-crunching monsters. The new rendering farm even put the “Deathstar” out of commission; their old farm.

Arik Hesseldahl, from All Things Digital, toured the data center for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light and Magic. He published a short video of his experiences there. Met by Greg Grusby, the technical publicist at ILM, Arik is shown some NetApp appliances that put all others to shame. He mentions a monumental data capacity of “petabytes of storage.”

I don’t think I can imagine the amount of data to fill a petabyte. To me it sounds like a prehistoric starfish. But, Star Trek fans everywhere snicker at this next-to-nothing amount. The android character Data, in The Next Generation, had a whopping 100 petabyte capacity. An amount even beyond the reach of the force.

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