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100 Years of Science

D. Carrigan - Fermilab                                                        July 7, 2004

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Human genome-3 billion DNA base pairs, actual information content is on the order of 0.05 Gbytes (about size of Word)

Fermilab  tape robot – 6*106 Gbyte – mostly colliding beam, Monte Carlo

Sloan telescope at Fermilab – 1000 Gbytes

106 Gbytes of material printed every year

Typical education through graduate school subsumed in 1-10 Gbytes

Lifetime of images stored on DVD might be 1000 Gbytes

Knowledge base in a human brain-0.25 to 2.5 Gbyte range (1011 neurons). 6*109 people gives 1.5 to 15*109 Gbytes to profile everyone on earth

Size of some databases

Fermilab tape robot

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