Recreating the Atom of Internet Technology
The current trend in technology development attempts to increase the storage capacities of data centers by adding more servers and to increase network bandwidth by methods such as increasing the number of submarine communications cables and securing more wireless spectrum. The world has been quick to take advantage of these increases in network and storage technologies, quickly upgrading systems to store and send more data, while paying little regard to the amount of data being created.
However, these increases all come with a cost, whether it be the billions of dollars required for infrastructure development and maintenance, or an increased environmental footprint. Even with these advances, leading network and storage companies are projecting deficits as early as 2016, anticipating that no amount of increased storage capacity or bandwidth alone will ever meet the growing demands of the world for information storage and transmission.
The key to addressing these limitations is to refocus attention on the actual problem. The upcoming deficit results not from a lack of storage capacity or network bandwidth, but the true bottleneck of all storage and network efficiency lies in the size of the files, or the atom of information technology, that we are storing and delivering.
KASAH has answered these issues by developing proprietary image compression and decompression technologies. Because a vast amount of the world’s total digital data is comprised of images, shrinking image files to take what was once considered the smallest basic unit of data and making it smaller drastically increases the efficiency of current storage and network systems.
How it Works
Kasah Compression is a virtually lossless image compression technology that takes a JPEG image file and passes it through a series of algorithms to produce a file up to 7 times smaller than the original.
As JPEG is the file type most often produced in digital photography, utilizing JPEG as an input mechanism guarantees the compatibility and application of Kasah Compression to preexisting image files. Furthermore, the widespread availability of JPEG conversion applications guarantees the application of Kasah Compression to non-JPEG image files.
Compared to an uncompressed RAW image file, a Kasah Image file can be up to 50 times smaller without perceptible degradation of picture quality or pixel count.
Compression of 13 MP images can be achieved at rates faster than 7 FPS, with extremely low hardware requirements of 100 MB RAM and a single core 600 MHz CPU. These factors make Kasah Compression applicable to any platform including last-generation mobile devices.
Delivery or Storage
Drastically reducing file sizes means also reducing file storage space and increasing efficiency of file transmission.
KASAH technologies can free up more than 80% of existing storage devices. Increased storage capacities will increase the cost effectiveness of long-term data storage, decrease the footprint of storage hardware, and also create greener data centers. It would not only reduce power consumption, but reduce the amount of pollution created by the back up diesel generators required to support the server farms.
Current Kasah Compression rates increase network efficiency by allowing file transfer up to 7 times faster over existing network systems. Reducing network utilization to 15% not only drastically reduces transfer times, but the 85% increase in available bandwidth helps avoid bandwidth saturation.
Transmitting data in smaller files also decreases data corruption rates, especially in narrow-band, congested, or poor signal areas, creating significant benefits to law enforcement, first response, and research expedition systems located in such environments.
Kasah compressed files are decompressed back to the original virtually lossless JPEG files, making them fully compatible with existing image based software such as Web browsers, security imaging products, and map systems.
Image distortion as a result of compression is virtually undetectable after decompression and the subsequent conversion of JPEG images into other file formats. This means Kasah Compression technology can be used with countless applications based on currently existing technologies.
Instantaneous decompression of 13 MP images is achievable at rates of 4 FPS on a benchmark system of a 2.4 GHz quad core CPU and 8 GB RAM. With minimum system hardware requirements of a single core 600 MHz CPU and 100 MB RAM, KASAH technology offers cost effective scalability even in last-generation systems.
Systems can be optimized to permit even faster decompression rates on even underpowered mobile or last-generation devices.
See it in Action with PikSND
PikSND is a mass data transfer system. Built-in Kasah Compression allows PIKSND to send your images more than 10 times faster than any other transfer system. Download the free trial to experience it firsthand!