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ConnectX Plans To Launch Servers In Space

02 February 2015
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Los Angeles-based startup company ConnectX plans to setting up a server in outer space thereby revolutionizing the way we store, transmit, and analyze information.

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From the beginning of time until 2002, the world created five exabytes (five billion gigabytes) of information; today, we create that much data in about 10 minutes. Data centers are also energy consuming, using upto 10% of the world’s electricity. Putting servers in space could potentially remedy the energy problem, since they could be powered by free, plentiful solar radiation. The space environment would be advantageous for spinning disk drives. Zero-gravity allows the drives to spin with less resistance, and the extreme cold in space means the servers could process faster without overheating.

Currently, servers and computers send and receive information mostly through cables or fiber optics, which allow a data transfer rate of around 100 megabits per second for typical applications. Verizon claims that its LTE wireless network, for example, downloads at speeds between five and 12 megabits per second. ConnectX’s proposed solution to the transfer rate is twofold. First, the company is working on a way to twist radio beams to increase data transmission rates with advanced technique, which achieved a rate of 32 gigabits per second—about 30 times faster than LTE wireless.

In addition to twisting the radio beams for faster transmission, the beams will be sending the data in a condensed, non-binary symbol structure. This eases not only transfer rates, but could also speed up analytics by reducing the sheer volume of data. According to the head of data science at a Fortune 500 company, the value of the company’s proprietary symbol structure can be communicated in one word - visualization.

ConnectX’s team of 13 employees, most of whom are engineers and scientists are hoping the company will solve issues like the potential savings on the costs, long-term maintenance costs, and problem with scaling and upgrading the system but the company is confident in its ability to resolve them. The beta launch is slated for 2017.

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