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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
Parkinson's Law of Data
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"Data expands to fill the space available for storage"; buying
more memory encourages the use of more memory-intensive
techniques. It has been observed over the last 10 years that
the memory usage of evolving systems tends to double roughly
once every 18 months. Fortunately, memory density available
for constant dollars also tends to double about once every 12
months (see Moore's Law); unfortunately, the laws of physics
guarantee that the latter cannot continue indefinitely.