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January 2017, Vol. 15, No. 11

Parallelism can improve workload performance in the storage multiverse

If you're not an aficionado of contemporary science fiction or theoretical quantum physics, you may not be familiar with the term multiverse. But if your job entails working with the storage of electronic data, you should probably bone up on the concept. A theoretical multiverse assumes the existence of an infinite number of parallel universes -- that is, universes existing in parallel with our own. A parallel universe may have an alternate timeline to the one we know (for example, a historical event didn't happen or had a different outcome). Or it may have a completely different set of physical laws (for example, gravity may not apply). Or it may exist on a plane orthogonal to what we perceive (so Mr. Spock may have emotions and a goatee). If only we could harness multiverse physics, then the idea of dimensional compression or "flat-space technology" would become possible. Dimensional compression assumes "bubbles" in the multiverse in which an entire universe can be stored. With it, we could create a storage device with ...

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