"Data is expanding faster than Moore’s Law and that’s a compelling problem that we’re trying to solve,” Ranganathan said. It’s apparently a problem that Intel’s Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the chipmaker’s Data Center Group, is thinking about too. Skaugen said at a speech last week at Interop that there were 150 exabytes of traffic on the Internet in 2009, and 245 exabytes in 2010, and the Internet could hit 1,000 exabytes of traffic by 2015 thanks to more than one billion people joining the web.
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Today, your cell phone has more computer power than all of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon. Video games, which consume enormous amounts of computer power to simulate 3-D situations, use more computer power than mainframe computers of the previous decade. The Sony PlayStation of today, which costs $300, has the power of a military supercomputer of 1997, which cost millions of dollars.