Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
Putting numbers to things; where I work (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) I've been told we have more spinning disk than CERN, perhaps in part because they have some extremely agressive data filtering techniques. Even so, there has been a lot of reluctance to adopt modern compression techniques unless they're also not noticably slower than their old counterparts (based on Deflate; now based on very simplistic modelling + rANS amongst other things). There's quite a bit of room for lossy compression of some data types too.
James, just curious: is your application sensitive to decompression speed only, or both compression and decompression speed?