Microsoft: Here’s how smartphone camera tech helps create this new holographic storage

Microsoft Research has announced Project HSD, detailing its work on a new holographic storage device (HSD) built for cloud-scale data that has a potential to be a successor to today’s NAND flash and spinning hard disk drives. 

Project HSD, a collaboration between Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Azure, aims to exploit the commoditization of high-resolution smartphone cameras to reimagine holographic storage, which was first thought of in the 1960s after laser was invented. 

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, announced Project HSD at Microsoft’s Ignite 2020 conferencethis week. 

“In Project HSD we are exploring the use of holographic storage in rewritable electro-optic materials for warm data storage to see if this technology makes sense in the cloud era,” the group says. 

It’s got a different goal to Microsoft’s Project Silica for archival ‘write once, read many times’ data that’s stored on quartz glass.  

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