The transition of digital optical mass storage technologies from the laboratory to an integrated deliverable system is a challenge whose time has come. Harris Corporation has accepted the challenge and will deliver a 1013 bit Archival Mass Memory (AMM) System. AMM provides: variable data ingest rates up to 50 Mbits/sec accommodating sources as diverse as telephone links, computer links, and satellite downlinks; Reed-Solomon error detection and correction (EDAC) coding to preserve better than a 10 -9 bit error rate (BER) for up to 10 years of operation without rerecording; real time optical spot recording of 109 user bits on each 148 X 148 mm diskette; storage and automatic on-line retrieval of data from 1024 diskettes housed in each storage and retrieval unit; less than 15 second access time to any record in the archive; simultaneous data recording and readout; forward file management for rapid user-oriented access down to the byte level; simultaneous access to multiple modular storage and retrieval units; and variable output rates up to 50 Mbits/second direct or interleaved for multiple variable rate users tied to the fiber-optic distribution bus. This paper outlines the system design and performance including the complex electro-optic technologies employed to provide high-speed high-density optical spot recording and readout.
J. W. Watkins,
N. A. Boudreaux,
T. H. Otten,
"Large Archival Mass Memory System Using Optical Diskettes," Optical Engineering 20(3), 203399 (1 June 1981). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7972731