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04 August 2012

Short Storage Story

Napkin Story: How sMash works

IBM sMash data storage method
Via The IBM Curiosity Shop, CC/by-nc/2.0/

This is so sweet! I don't know what sMash (SMASH?) is. As a first guess, I would infer it to be a storage protocol rather than database-type software. Perhaps it is a new way to organize data, an alternative to DB2, CICS and IMS. Each use different block sizes and partition types, among other things.

I will try to get a definitive answer, and return1 with an update.

I hope to see new items in The IBM Curiosity Shop set, Napkin Stories on Flickr. It doesn't seem likely though. This friendly drawing was uploaded on 22 December 2010, yet no others have joined it in the interim.

Flickr-to-Blogger did not offer the option of "publish to draft", else I would have prepared this post more thoroughly.


  1. I'm glad you like the napkin story -- I moved away from those but plan on bringing them back.

    Chris Luongo

  2. Hi Chris! Yes, I really did like the napkin style. I hope you bring them back soon. I still haven't gotten around to figuring out what SMASH means though ;o)

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