Accession Number : ADA184111

Title :   Optical Laser Technology, Specifically CD-ROM (Compact Disc - Read Only Memory) and Its Application to the Storage and Retrieval of Information.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Lind,David J

PDF Url : ADA184111

Report Date : Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 132

Abstract : One of the significant problems of this information age is the production of vast amounts of information in a form that is neither convenient nor cost effective. A possible solution to this, is the new optical laser technology and its use in the storage and retrieval of large amounts of information. In many areas of DOD, the greatest benefit would be the regained space and weight associated with the distribution of the manuals and other typically paper products on a Compact Disc - Read Only Memory (CD-ROM). One CD-ROM weighs less than an ounce and is capable of storing over 270,000 pages of text. The saved shipping and handling costs alone would be astronomically reduced not to mention the end user who would have a more effective and efficient product. The CD-ROM is designed to work as a peripheral device to a microcomputer and can therefore be made available to any user within an IBM compatible microcomputer. The application/demonstration portion of this thesis took over 2 million database records, from the Transaction Ledger on Disc (TLOD), at the Naval Supply Center (NSC) in Oakland and pressed them to a single CD-ROM. The menu driven retrieval software with indexing on 3 criteria was also provided.

Descriptors :   *READ ONLY MEMORIES, *OPTICAL STORAGE, *LASER APPLICATIONS, MASS STORAGE, THESES, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COSTS, DATA BASES, DEMONSTRATIONS, DISKS, EFFICIENCY, HANDLING, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, MENU, MICROCOMPUTERS, OPTICS, PRODUCTION, USER NEEDS

Subject Categories : Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Computer Hardware
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE