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Optical technologies and the publishing revolution
Author(s): Chris Thorman
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Paper Abstract

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 publication work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1248, Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19655
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Chris Thorman, Apple Computer, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1248:
Storage and Retrieval Systems and Applications
David H. Davies; Han-Ping D. Shieh, Editor(s)

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