Bayes Centre

Partner Event - Using Synthetic DNA for Data Storage and Processing

About this Event


The demand for data-driven decision making coupled with need to retain data to meet regulatory compliance requirements has resulted in a rapid increase in the amount of archival data stored. As rate of data generation far outpaces the rate of improvement in storage density of disk and tape, researchers have started investigating new media types that can store such ``cold'', infrequently accessed data at very low cost.

Synthetic DNA has the potential to become the next long-term, archival storage media, thanks to its high density and durability. Its considerably increased density means that data centers can be designed considerably smaller, while its durability means that data can be more easily stored in the long term to satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

In this talk I will motivate the use of synthetic DNA as storage medium, present the state of the art, the road ahead and challenges. I will also talk about our research directions to address the challenges as well as performing database operations in DNA.


Thomas Heinis, PhD, is a Reader in Computing/Data Management at Imperial College London since September 2014 leading a team of Dr. Heinis is renowned for research and development of systems in large-scale data management systems as well as storage and parallel databases in general. His research particularly focuses on scaling out big data into the cloud for industrial and scientific applications and novel computing and storage platforms. Dr. Heinis received a BSc, MSc and PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. During his studies he also received several fellowships, including a Fulbright fellowship (Purdue University).


Partner Event - Using Synthetic DNA for Data Storage and Processing

Thomas Heinis will give a talk, in person and online, for the Coffee House Tech Talk Series.

Where: Bayes Centre 4th floor
Meeting ID: 99687761 Meeting Passcode : 123981