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19 - Data Structure and Storage
Skill Builders

An IS department in a major public university records the lectures for 10 of its classes for video streaming to its partner universities in India and China. Each twice-weekly lecture runs for 1.25 hours and a semester is 15 weeks long. A video streaming expert estimates that one minute of digital video requires 6.5 Mbytes using MPEG-4 and Apple's QuickTime software. What is MPEG-4? Calculate how much storage space will be required and recommend a storage device for the department.

MPEG-4 definition

Semester 15 weeks
Classes 10 per week
Lecture length 1.25 hours per class
Lectures 2 per class per week
Video storage 6.5 Mbytes per minute
Lecture hours 15*10*1.25*2
Lecture minutes 15*10*1.25*2*60
Mbytes 15*10*1.25*2*60*6.5
Gbytes 15*10*1.25*2*60*6.5/1000
Gbytes 146.25

RAID-1 because of the likely high number of reads compared to writes once the data are loaded.

This page is part of the promotional and support material for Data Management (sixth edition) by Richard T. Watson
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Date revised: 19-Oct-2016