Big data and the Death Star

Big data and the Death Star

“How much data do they need to manage in the Death Star?” To avoid spoilers, we will discuss the data requirements of the original Death Star, as it debuted in “Episode 4: A New Hope.” That incarnation of the planet-destroying battle station was on the order of 150 kilometers in diameter. It included a super laser capable of disintegrating entire worlds in one blast. The Death Star of brotherly love? The crew on board the Death Star was estimated at 1.7 million military personnel (stormtroopers and their commanders, trash compactor operators, etc.) and 400,000 droids. This is close to the population of Philadelphia — if you don’t count the droids. The name “Philadelphia” literally means “brotherly love.” In 2014, they officially changed their nickname to “The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” If it is overrun by 400,000 droids, they will need to update that title again. We propose “The City of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection, and Droidly Indifference.” Economics students at Lehigh University estimated it would require more than one quadrillion tons of steel to build the Death Star. At the current rate of steel production, you will need to wait more than 800,000 years for the raw materials to arrive… costing $852 quadrillion at 2012 prices . Do the math The amount of data created each year by all the people here on earth is growing exponentially: It is expected to double each year. It was 2.8 zettabytes in 2012. […]