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D. OceanStore: A Vast Storage System on the Internet

Narrator: This is Science Today. One of the buzz phrases going around today is ubiquitous computing. John Kubiatowicz, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, says this phrase refers to the trend of putting computers into everything - from cars to walls to shoes that's right, shoes.

Kubiatowicz: I saw a commercial for a tennis shoe the other day that had a microprocessor in it that was figuring out about high you jump. Lots of things have computers in them. The question that immediately comes to mind is where is the persistent information there? If you have gigabytes or terabytes of information in a little tiny pen and you drop it in front of your SUV and run over it, you've just lost all of that information.

Narrator: In this context, Kubiatowicz invented OceanStore, a huge, super-secure utility that would house such data on the Internet.

Kubiatowicz: Clearly it's got to be out on the Net somewhere. Then you've got to worry about security, is somebody going to be able to compromise your data, are they going to be able to destroy and so the research goals of OceanStore really target that.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.