# GATE | GATE-IT-2004 | Question 51

• Last Updated : 28 Jun, 2021

The storage area of a disk has innermost diameter of 10 cm and outermost diameter of 20 cm. The maximum storage density of the disk is 1400bits/cm. The disk rotates at a speed of 4200 RPM. The main memory of a computer has 64-bit word length and 1µs cycle time. If cycle stealing is used for data transfer from the disk, the percentage of memory cycles stolen for transferring one word is

(A) 0.5%
(B) 1%
(C) 5%
(D) 10%

Explanation:
Inner most diameter = 10 cm
Storage density = 1400 bits/cm

Capacity of each track :
= 3.14 * diameter * density
= 3.14 * 10 * 1400
= 43960 bits

Rotational latency = 60/4200 =1/70 seconds

It is given that the main memory of a computer has 64-bit word length and 1µs cycle time.

Data transferred in 1 sec = 64 * 106 bits
Data read by disk in 1 sec = 43960 * 70 = 3.08 * 106 bits

Total memory cycle = (3.08 * 106) / (64 * 106) = 5%

Thus, option (C) is correct.

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