Counts representing Items and the impact on Data Compression and Encryption

All things in computers are identified in counts of digits (called bits) which are either on or off.  In this post, we’ll discuss how counts (discussed in the previous post) are used for identification. It’s easier to understand this if we think of a continuous line of bits that are …

Binary for Dummies: Explaining Endianness and Base Counts in the Simplest Way Possible

I’ve received feedback that this binary stuff is too complex to understand.  So let me start at the very foundation and build up from there. In this post, I’ll talk about how we can use a smaller set of binary digits to represent large counts (aka “numbers”) and to illustrate …

Genomic Data: Binary vs ASCII – Part Three: CPU vs GPU

Review In the first post, I described some background information on computer storage, how byte arrangement “endianness” can impact our tools, and ASCII vs binary data. In the previous post, I discussed the 3-bit format I used for this evaluation.  Let me summarize the approach and then we’ll proceed to …