Episode 17: Rock Solid (01:02:20)
Fresh off of the President’s State of the Union speech, Will and I are encouraged that STEM degrees are a priority for the nation. We are trying to do our bit to encourage undergraduates to go into STEM related degrees, especially our major field — Computer Science! To that end, today we are discussing a technology that not a lot of people, Ben included, really know about in the hopes that the technology will interest you and excite you!
Today’s discussion centers around Solid State Drives — flash based hard disks that are a significant improvement over conventional spinning disk hard disks that are more common. Although conventional disks are becoming cheaper and higher capacity, SSDs are also riding the economy of scale and Moore’s law distribution and will be an important technology of the future.
Our discussion of Solid State Drives spun off a bit at the end when we started discussing whether or not local storage was important or not. Will and Ben finally disagreed! Ben thinks that the cloud will replace massive local storage, whereas Will thinks that the Cloud isn’t ready and that mobile applications would benefit from Solid State Storage.
This led to an even more interesting discussion about what Broadband in America means and how it should be distributed. But as always, that is another show’s topic.
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