The first meeting will take place on 17 October 2019 at 16:00 in Building A5.1, room 2.37. At this meeting, we will plan the follow up meetings together. The meeting schedule can be found on the Dropbox site, file Organisation.pdf.

The course code (Veranstaltungsnummer) is 119214.


Leon Abelmann

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 Jonathan O'Connor


Below you can find links to internet resources of information about non-volatile storage devices. The links marked with a # point to PDF files of scanned chapters of books and, due to copyright issues, should only be used in the framework of this course. Click here for a list of direct links to all these files.



  • Semiconductor, IRDS
  • Hard disk, ASTC
  • Tape, for instance LTO

Device details

Electrically addressed Mechanically addressed
Nanoelectronics and Information Technology
by Rainer Waser           
Nanoelectronics and Information Technology
by Rainer Waser     
General            FlashRAM           



Hard disk Hard disk RAID systems    Tape backup    
#For your convenience and wallet we scanned parts of books we believe are usefull for this course.  Due to copyright reasons, we specificaly ask you not to share the documents with people outside UdS. Surf here for a list of direct links to all these files.

This course provides a system view of mass storage technology, with an emphasis on breadth rather than depth. You will learn to evaluate current mass storage technology systems, and to judge emerging technologies on their relevance and areas of application. At the end of this course, 

  1. You should have basic knowledge of a number of todays commonly used storage systems.
  2. You should know and understand the most important specifications of information storage components
  3. You should be able to determine the specifications needed for the storage system of a specific application
  4. Based on these specifications, you should be able to make a well-founded choice between the possible solutions for information storage
  5. Since the field of storage is moving forward rapidly, you should be able to
    • interpret the information storage industries roadmaps (Moore’s law) and
    • predict the life-time of different sorts of storage systems (such as Flash memory, hard-disk etc.).
    • use this knowledge to determine the relevance of possible storage solutions.

The planning and assignments for this course can be found in this dropbox folder. You need to log in to get to the study material.