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1 "GiB of "SDRAM mounted in a "personal computer. An example of primary storage.
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15 "GiB "PATA hard disk drive (HDD) from 1999; when connected to a computer it serves as secondary storage.
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160 GB "SDLT tape cartridge, an example of off-line storage. When used within a robotic "tape library, it is classified as tertiary storage instead.

Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of "computer components and "recording media that are used to retain digital "data. It is a core function and fundamental component of computers.[1]:15–16

The "central processing unit (CPU) of a computer is what manipulates data by performing computations. In practice, almost all computers use a "storage hierarchy,[1]:468–473 which puts fast but expensive and small storage options close to the CPU and slower but larger and cheaper options farther away. Generally the fast volatile technologies (which lose data when off power) are referred to as "memory", while slower persistent technologies are referred to as "storage".

In the "Von Neumann architecture, the CPU consists of two main parts: The "control unit and the "arithmetic logic unit (ALU). The former controls the flow of data between the CPU and memory, while the latter performs arithmetic and "logical operations on data.

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Functionality[edit]

Without a significant amount of memory, a computer would merely be able to perform fixed operations and immediately output the result. It would have to be reconfigured to change its behavior. This is acceptable for devices such as desk "calculators, "digital signal processors, and other specialized devices. "Von Neumann machines differ in having a memory in which they store their operating "instructions and data.[1]:20 Such computers are more versatile in that they do not need to have their hardware reconfigured for each new program, but can simply be "reprogrammed with new in-memory instructions; they also tend to be simpler to design, in that a relatively simple processor may keep "state between successive computations to build up complex procedural results. Most modern computers are von Neumann machines.

Data organization and representation[edit]

A modern "digital computer represents "data using the "binary numeral system. Text, numbers, pictures, audio, and nearly any other form of information can be converted into a string of "bits, or binary digits, each of which has a value of 1 or 0. The most common unit of storage is the "byte, equal to 8 bits. A piece of information can be handled by any computer or device whose storage space is large enough to accommodate the binary representation of the piece of information, or simply "data. For example, the "complete works of Shakespeare, about 1250 pages in print, can be stored in about five "megabytes (40 million bits) with one byte per character.

Data are "encoded by assigning a bit pattern to each "character, "digit, or "multimedia object. Many standards exist for encoding (e.g., "character encodings like "ASCII, image encodings like "JPEG, video encodings like "MPEG-4).

By adding bits to each encoded unit, redundancy allows the computer to both detect errors in coded data and correct them based on mathematical algorithms. Errors generally occur in low probabilities due to "random bit value flipping, or "physical bit fatigue", loss of the physical bit in storage of its ability to maintain a distinguishable value (0 or 1), or due to errors in inter or intra-computer communication. A random "bit flip (e.g., due to random "radiation) is typically corrected upon detection. A bit, or a group of malfunctioning physical bits (not always the specific defective bit is known; group definition depends on specific storage device) is typically automatically fenced-out, taken out of use by the device, and replaced with another functioning equivalent group in the device, where the corrected bit values are restored (if possible). The "cyclic redundancy check (CRC) method is typically used in communications and storage for "error detection. A detected error is then retried.

"Data compression methods allow in many cases (such as a database) to represent a string of bits by a shorter bit string ("compress") and reconstruct the original string ("decompress") when needed. This utilizes substantially less storage (tens of percents) for many types of data at the cost of more computation (compress and decompress when needed). Analysis of trade-off between storage cost saving and costs of related computations and possible delays in data availability is done before deciding whether to keep certain data compressed or not.

For "security reasons certain types of data (e.g., credit-card information) may be kept "encrypted in storage to prevent the possibility of unauthorized information reconstruction from chunks of storage snapshots.

Hierarchy of storage[edit]

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Various forms of storage, divided according to their distance from the "central processing unit. The fundamental components of a general-purpose computer are "arithmetic and logic unit, "control circuitry, storage space, and "input/output devices. Technology and capacity as in common "home computers around 2005.

Generally, the lower a storage is in the hierarchy, the lesser its "bandwidth and the greater its access "latency is from the CPU. This traditional division of storage to primary, secondary, tertiary and off-line storage is also guided by cost per bit.

In contemporary usage, "memory" is usually "semiconductor storage read-write "random-access memory, typically "DRAM (dynamic RAM) or other forms of fast but temporary storage. "Storage" consists of storage devices and their media not directly accessible by the "CPU ("secondary or "tertiary storage), typically "hard disk drives, "optical disc drives, and other devices slower than RAM but "non-volatile (retaining contents when powered down).[2]

Historically, memory has been called core memory, main memory, real storage or internal memory. Meanwhile, non-volatile storage devices have been referred to as secondary storage, external memory or auxiliary/peripheral storage.

Primary storage[edit]

Primary storage (also known as main memory or internal memory), often referred to simply as memory, is the only one directly accessible to the CPU. The CPU continuously reads instructions stored there and executes them as required. Any data actively operated on is also stored there in uniform manner.

Historically, "early computers used "delay lines, "Williams tubes, or rotating "magnetic drums as primary storage. By 1954, those unreliable methods were mostly replaced by "magnetic core memory. Core memory remained dominant until the 1970s, when advances in "integrated circuit technology allowed "semiconductor memory to become economically competitive.

This led to modern "random-access memory (RAM). It is small-sized, light, but quite expensive at the same time. (The particular types of RAM used for primary storage are also "volatile, i.e. they lose the information when not powered).

As shown in the diagram, traditionally there are two more sub-layers of the primary storage, besides main large-capacity RAM:

Main memory is directly or indirectly connected to the central processing unit via a memory bus. It is actually two buses (not on the diagram): an "address bus and a "data bus. The CPU firstly sends a number through an address bus, a number called "memory address, that indicates the desired location of data. Then it reads or writes the data in the "memory cells using the data bus. Additionally, a "memory management unit (MMU) is a small device between CPU and RAM recalculating the actual memory address, for example to provide an abstraction of "virtual memory or other tasks.

As the RAM types used for primary storage are volatile (uninitialized at start up), a computer containing only such storage would not have a source to read instructions from, in order to start the computer. Hence, "non-volatile primary storage containing a small startup program ("BIOS) is used to "bootstrap the computer, that is, to read a larger program from non-volatile secondary storage to RAM and start to execute it. A non-volatile technology used for this purpose is called ROM, for "read-only memory (the terminology may be somewhat confusing as most ROM types are also capable of "random access).

Many types of "ROM" are not literally read only, as updates to them are possible; however it is slow and memory must be erased in large portions before it can be re-written. Some "embedded systems run programs directly from ROM (or similar), because such programs are rarely changed. Standard computers do not store non-rudimentary programs in ROM, and rather, use large capacities of secondary storage, which is non-volatile as well, and not as costly.

Recently, primary storage and secondary storage in some uses refer to what was historically called, respectively, secondary storage and tertiary storage.[3]

Secondary storage[edit]

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A "hard disk drive with protective cover removed

Secondary storage (also known as external memory or auxiliary storage), differs from primary storage in that it is not directly accessible by the CPU. The computer usually uses its "input/output channels to access secondary storage and transfers the desired data using "intermediate area in primary storage. Secondary storage does not lose the data when the device is powered down—it is non-volatile. Per unit, it is typically also two orders of magnitude less expensive than primary storage. Modern computer systems typically have two orders of magnitude more secondary storage than primary storage and data are kept for a longer time there.

In modern computers, "hard disk drives are usually used as secondary storage. The time taken to access a given byte of information stored on a hard disk is typically a few thousandths of a second, or milliseconds. By contrast, the time taken to access a given byte of information stored in random-access memory is measured in billionths of a second, or nanoseconds. This illustrates the significant access-time difference which distinguishes solid-state memory from rotating magnetic storage devices: hard disks are typically about a million times slower than memory. Rotating "optical storage devices, such as "CD and "DVD drives, have even longer access times. With disk drives, once the disk read/write head reaches the proper placement and the data of interest rotates under it, subsequent data on the track are very fast to access. To reduce the seek time and rotational latency, data are transferred to and from disks in large contiguous blocks.

When data reside on disk, accessing them in large blocks to hide latency offers an opportunity to design efficient "external memory algorithms. Sequential or block access on disks is orders of magnitude faster than random access, and many sophisticated paradigms have been developed to design efficient algorithms based upon sequential and block access. Another way to reduce the I/O bottleneck is to use multiple disks in parallel in order to increase the bandwidth between primary and secondary memory.[4]

Some other examples of secondary storage technologies are "flash memory (e.g. "USB flash drives or keys), "floppy disks, "magnetic tape, "paper tape, "punched cards, standalone "RAM disks, and "Iomega Zip drives.

The secondary storage is often formatted according to a "file system format, which provides the abstraction necessary to organize data into "files and "directories, providing also additional information (called "metadata) describing the owner of a certain file, the access time, the access permissions, and other information.

Most computer "operating systems use the concept of "virtual memory, allowing utilization of more primary storage capacity than is physically available in the system. As the primary memory fills up, the system moves the least-used chunks ("pages) to secondary storage devices (to a "swap file or "page file), retrieving them later when they are needed. As more of these retrievals from slower secondary storage are necessary, the more the overall system performance is degraded.

Tertiary storage[edit]

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A large "tape library, with tape cartridges placed on shelves in the front, and a robotic arm moving in the back. Visible height of the library is about 180 cm.

Tertiary storage or tertiary memory[5] provides a third level of storage. Typically, it involves a robotic mechanism which will mount (insert) and dismount removable mass storage media into a storage device according to the system's demands; such data are often copied to secondary storage before use. It is primarily used for archiving rarely accessed information since it is much slower than secondary storage (e.g. 5–60 seconds vs. 1–10 milliseconds). This is primarily useful for extraordinarily large data stores, accessed without human operators. Typical examples include "tape libraries and "optical jukeboxes.

When a computer needs to read information from the tertiary storage, it will first consult a catalog "database to determine which tape or disc contains the information. Next, the computer will instruct a "robotic arm to fetch the medium and place it in a drive. When the computer has finished reading the information, the robotic arm will return the medium to its place in the library.

Tertiary storage is also known as "nearline storage because it is "near to online". The formal distinction between online, nearline, and offline storage is:[6]

For example, always-on spinning hard disk drives are online storage, while spinning drives that spin down automatically, such as in massive arrays of idle disks ("MAID), are nearline storage. Removable media such as tape cartridges that can be automatically loaded, as in "tape libraries, are nearline storage, while tape cartridges that must be manually loaded are offline storage.

Off-line storage[edit]

Off-line storage is a computer data storage on a medium or a device that is not under the control of a "processing unit.[7] The medium is recorded, usually in a secondary or tertiary storage device, and then physically removed or disconnected. It must be inserted or connected by a human operator before a computer can access it again. Unlike tertiary storage, it cannot be accessed without human interaction.

"Off-line storage is used to "transfer information, since the detached medium can be easily physically transported. Additionally, in case a disaster, for example a fire, destroys the original data, a medium in a remote location will probably be unaffected, enabling "disaster recovery. Off-line storage increases general "information security, since it is physically inaccessible from a computer, and data confidentiality or integrity cannot be affected by computer-based attack techniques. Also, if the information stored for archival purposes is rarely accessed, off-line storage is less expensive than tertiary storage.

In modern personal computers, most secondary and tertiary storage media are also used for off-line storage. Optical discs and flash memory devices are most popular, and to much lesser extent removable hard disk drives. In enterprise uses, magnetic tape is predominant. Older examples are floppy disks, Zip disks, or punched cards.

Characteristics of storage[edit]

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A 1 GB DDR "RAM module (detail)

Storage technologies at all levels of the storage hierarchy can be differentiated by evaluating certain core characteristics as well as measuring characteristics specific to a particular implementation. These core characteristics are volatility, mutability, accessibility, and addressability. For any particular implementation of any storage technology, the characteristics worth measuring are capacity and performance.

Volatility[edit]

"Non-volatile memory retains the stored information even if not constantly supplied with electric power.[8] It is suitable for long-term storage of information. "Volatile memory requires constant power to maintain the stored information. The fastest memory technologies are volatile ones, although that is not a universal rule. Since the primary storage is required to be very fast, it predominantly uses volatile memory.

"Dynamic random-access memory is a form of volatile memory that also requires the stored information to be periodically reread and rewritten, or "refreshed, otherwise it would vanish. "Static random-access memory is a form of volatile memory similar to DRAM with the exception that it never needs to be refreshed as long as power is applied; it loses its content when the power supply is lost.

An "uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can be used to give a computer a brief window of time to move information from primary volatile storage into non-volatile storage before the batteries are exhausted. Some systems, for example "EMC Symmetrix, have integrated batteries that maintain volatile storage for several minutes.

Mutability[edit]

Read/write storage or mutable storage 
Allows information to be overwritten at any time. A computer without some amount of read/write storage for primary storage purposes would be useless for many tasks. Modern computers typically use read/write storage also for secondary storage.
Read only storage 
Retains the information stored at the time of manufacture, and write once storage ("write once read many) allows the information to be written only once at some point after manufacture. These are called immutable storage. Immutable storage is used for tertiary and off-line storage. Examples include "CD-ROM and "CD-R.
Slow write, fast read storage 
Read/write storage which allows information to be overwritten multiple times, but with the write operation being much slower than the read operation. Examples include "CD-RW and swayne memory

Accessibility[edit]

"Random access
Any location in storage can be accessed at any moment in approximately the same amount of time. Such characteristic is well suited for primary and secondary storage. Most semiconductor memories and disk drives provide random access.
"Sequential access
The accessing of pieces of information will be in a serial order, one after the other; therefore the time to access a particular piece of information depends upon which piece of information was last accessed. Such characteristic is typical of off-line storage.

Addressability[edit]

Location-addressable 
Each individually accessible unit of information in storage is selected with its numerical "memory address. In modern computers, location-addressable storage usually limits to primary storage, accessed internally by computer programs, since location-addressability is very efficient, but burdensome for humans.
"File addressable
Information is divided into "files of variable length, and a particular file is selected with "human-readable directory and file names. The underlying device is still location-addressable, but the "operating system of a computer provides the file system "abstraction to make the operation more understandable. In modern computers, secondary, tertiary and off-line storage use file systems.
"Content-addressable
Each individually accessible unit of information is selected based on the basis of (part of) the contents stored there. Content-addressable storage can be implemented using "software (computer program) or "hardware (computer device), with hardware being faster but more expensive option. Hardware content addressable memory is often used in a computer's "CPU cache.

Capacity[edit]

Raw capacity 
The total amount of stored information that a storage device or medium can hold. It is expressed as a quantity of "bits or "bytes (e.g. 10.4 "megabytes).
"Memory storage density
The compactness of stored information. It is the storage capacity of a medium divided with a unit of length, area or volume (e.g. 1.2 megabytes per square inch).

Performance[edit]

"Latency
The time it takes to access a particular location in storage. The relevant "unit of measurement is typically "nanosecond for primary storage, "millisecond for secondary storage, and "second for tertiary storage. It may make sense to separate read latency and write latency (especially for non-volatile memory[8]) and in case of sequential access storage, minimum, maximum and average latency.
"Throughput
The rate at which information can be read from or written to the storage. In computer data storage, throughput is usually expressed in terms of megabytes per second (MB/s), though "bit rate may also be used. As with latency, read rate and write rate may need to be differentiated. Also accessing media sequentially, as opposed to randomly, typically yields maximum throughput.
Granularity
The size of the largest "chunk" of data that can be efficiently accessed as a single unit, e.g. without introducing additional latency.
Reliability
The probability of spontaneous bit value change under various conditions, or overall "failure rate.

Utilities such as "hdparm and "sar can be used to measure IO performace in Linux.

Energy use[edit]

Storage media[edit]

As of 2011, the most commonly used data storage media are semiconductor, magnetic, and optical, while paper still sees some limited usage. Some other fundamental storage technologies, such as all-flash arrays (AFAs) are proposed for development.

Semiconductor[edit]

"Semiconductor memory uses "semiconductor-based "integrated circuits to store information. A semiconductor memory chip may contain millions of tiny "transistors or "capacitors. Both volatile and non-volatile forms of semiconductor memory exist. In modern computers, primary storage almost exclusively consists of dynamic volatile semiconductor memory or "dynamic random-access memory. Since the turn of the century, a type of non-volatile semiconductor memory known as "flash memory has steadily gained share as off-line storage for home computers. Non-volatile semiconductor memory is also used for secondary storage in various advanced electronic devices and specialized computers that are designed for them.

As early as 2006, "notebook and "desktop computer manufacturers started using flash-based "solid-state drives (SSDs) as default configuration options for the secondary storage either in addition to or instead of the more traditional HDD.[16][17][18][19][20]

Magnetic[edit]

"Magnetic storage uses different patterns of "magnetization on a "magnetically coated surface to store information. Magnetic storage is non-volatile. The information is accessed using one or more read/write heads which may contain one or more recording transducers. A read/write head only covers a part of the surface so that the head or medium or both must be moved relative to another in order to access data. In modern computers, magnetic storage will take these forms:

In early computers, magnetic storage was also used as:

Optical[edit]

"Optical storage, the typical "optical disc, stores information in deformities on the surface of a circular disc and reads this information by illuminating the surface with a "laser diode and observing the reflection. Optical disc storage is non-volatile. The deformities may be permanent (read only media), formed once (write once media) or reversible (recordable or read/write media). The following forms are currently in common use:[21]

"Magneto-optical disc storage is optical disc storage where the magnetic state on a "ferromagnetic surface stores information. The information is read optically and written by combining magnetic and optical methods. Magneto-optical disc storage is non-volatile, sequential access, slow write, fast read storage used for tertiary and off-line storage.

"3D optical data storage has also been proposed.

Light induced magnetization melting in magnetic photoconductors has also been proposed for high-speed low-energy consumption magneto-optical storage.[22]

Paper[edit]

"Paper data storage, typically in the form of "paper tape or "punched cards, has long been used to store information for automatic processing, particularly before general-purpose computers existed. Information was recorded by punching holes into the paper or cardboard medium and was read mechanically (or later optically) to determine whether a particular location on the medium was solid or contained a hole. A few technologies allow people to make marks on paper that are easily read by machine—these are widely used for tabulating votes and grading standardized tests. "Barcodes made it possible for any object that was to be sold or transported to have some computer readable information securely attached to it.

Other storage media or substrates[edit]

Vacuum tube memory
A "Williams tube used a "cathode ray tube, and a "Selectron tube used a large "vacuum tube to store information. These primary storage devices were short-lived in the market, since Williams tube was unreliable and the Selectron tube was expensive.
Electro-acoustic memory
"Delay line memory used "sound waves in a substance such as "mercury to store information. Delay line memory was dynamic volatile, cycle sequential read/write storage, and was used for primary storage.
"Optical tape
is a medium for optical storage generally consisting of a long and narrow strip of plastic onto which patterns can be written and from which the patterns can be read back. It shares some technologies with cinema film stock and optical discs, but is compatible with neither. The motivation behind developing this technology was the possibility of far greater storage capacities than either magnetic tape or optical discs.
"Phase-change memory
uses different mechanical phases of "phase-change material to store information in an X-Y addressable matrix, and reads the information by observing the varying "electrical resistance of the material. Phase-change memory would be non-volatile, random-access read/write storage, and might be used for primary, secondary and off-line storage. Most rewritable and many write once optical disks already use phase change material to store information.
"Holographic data storage
stores information optically inside "crystals or "photopolymers. Holographic storage can utilize the whole volume of the storage medium, unlike optical disc storage which is limited to a small number of surface layers. Holographic storage would be non-volatile, sequential access, and either write once or read/write storage. It might be used for secondary and off-line storage. See "Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD).
"Molecular memory
stores information in "polymer that can store electric charge. Molecular memory might be especially suited for primary storage. The theoretical storage capacity of molecular memory is 10 terabits per square inch.[23]
Magnetic photoconductors
store magnetic information which can be modified by low-light illumination.[22]
"DNA
stores information in DNA "nucleotides. It was first done in 2012 when researchers achieved a rate of 1.28 petabytes per gram of DNA. In March 2017 scientists reported that a new algorithm called a DNA fountain achieved 85% of the theoretical limit, at 215 petabytes per gram of DNA.[24][25][26][27]

Related technologies[edit]

Redundancy[edit]

While a group of bits malfunction may be resolved by error detection and correction mechanisms (see above), storage device malfunction requires different solutions. The following solutions are commonly used and valid for most storage devices:

Device mirroring and typical RAID are designed to handle a single device failure in the RAID group of devices. However, if a second failure occurs before the RAID group is completely repaired from the first failure, then data can be lost. The probability of a single failure is typically small. Thus the probability of two failures in a same RAID group in time proximity is much smaller (approximately the probability squared, i.e., multiplied by itself). If a database cannot tolerate even such smaller probability of data loss, then the RAID group itself is replicated (mirrored). In many cases such mirroring is done geographically remotely, in a different storage array, to handle also recovery from disasters (see disaster recovery above).

Network connectivity[edit]

A secondary or tertiary storage may connect to a computer utilizing "computer networks. This concept does not pertain to the primary storage, which is shared between multiple processors to a lesser degree.

Robotic storage[edit]

Large quantities of individual magnetic tapes, and optical or magneto-optical discs may be stored in robotic tertiary storage devices. In tape storage field they are known as "tape libraries, and in optical storage field "optical jukeboxes, or optical disk libraries per analogy. Smallest forms of either technology containing just one drive device are referred to as "autoloaders or "autochangers.

Robotic-access storage devices may have a number of slots, each holding individual media, and usually one or more picking robots that traverse the slots and load media to built-in drives. The arrangement of the slots and picking devices affects performance. Important characteristics of such storage are possible expansion options: adding slots, modules, drives, robots. Tape libraries may have from 10 to more than 100,000 slots, and provide "terabytes or "petabytes of near-line information. Optical jukeboxes are somewhat smaller solutions, up to 1,000 slots.

Robotic storage is used for "backups, and for high-capacity archives in imaging, medical, and video industries. "Hierarchical storage management is a most known archiving strategy of automatically migrating long-unused files from fast hard disk storage to libraries or jukeboxes. If the files are needed, they are retrieved back to disk.

See also[edit]

Primary storage topics[edit]

Secondary, tertiary and off-line storage topics[edit]

Data storage conferences[edit]

References[edit]

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