ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 23 Plenary meeting, Geneva

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ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 23 held its 19th plenary meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 26 June. The meeting was scheduled in conjunction with the 113th Ecma TC31 meeting and hosted by the National Body of Switzerland.

SC 23 continues to provide technically rigorous standards that meet user requirements, and has published 138 standards in the field of ‘Digitally Recorded Media for Information Interchange and Storage’.

New projects

In the meeting, the current standardization activities regarding Optical disk reliability and File format etc. were discussed and confirmed.  In addition, new projects were established to develop Amendment 1 to four BD standards (ISO/IEC 30190 to 30193) to realize 4K/8K broadcast recording on BD disks, as originally requested by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA).

Another discussion addressed how to find new work items for potential future standardization, considering drastic changes of storage environments in the future.

The need to address storage capacity through standardization

With the continued expansion of IoT, AI and big data, an enormous quantity of digital data will be created, distributed and kept in storage systems. It is estimated that the total amount of digital data distributed worldwide will grow from 16.1 ZB in 2016, through 44 ZB in 2020, to 163 ZB in 2025. (Source: IDC White Paper ©2017 IDC.)

Since the growth rate of total capacity of data storage will be slower than that of data creation and distribution, it is assumed that users will face serious storage capacity problems in the near future.

Further, there will be the fundamental problem of how to achieve sustainable and realistic energy-consumption growth as we move into an era in which digital data will greatly increase. It is estimated that significant volumes of data must be moved to offline “cold” storage to resolve the issue, and SC 23 believes that optical discs do have superior fundamental features for cold storage applications, such as ultra-low energy-consumption, long life, water-proof function, and so on.

Recognizing such likely scenarios in the future means that innovation and standardization activities for new digital data storage systems will be important and worthwhile, not only for SC 23 but also for the other standardization committees.

SC 23 is expecting to welcome more experts from across the entire domain of digital data storage to discuss potential future standardization for a sustainable future, in collaboration with any related JTC 1/SCs and technology organizations.


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