Several factors work together to make the publishing industry among the most demanding environments for extremely
high performance mass storage systems. The first factor is the size and volume of the images, text sources, and other
data that must be gathered, considered, selected and altered as a publication is produced. Mother factor is the speed with
which these operations must be performed in order to support a publishing staff in its fast paced and time critical work.
A third factor is the intensive level of interpersonal collaboration that is a fundamental part of the publication process.
The requirements of the publishing industry are only beginning to be addressed by currently available technologies.
Examples of some typical publishing processes are presented with an analysis of the storage and computational
capabilities that would be required to support them at their current level of flexibility. An examination of existing
storage and network technologies points out that there is much need for improvement in the areas of shared storage and
retrieval systems for publishing. Data rates of existing systems remain inadequate for the needs of image intensive