Magstar MP - Computer Definition
(Magstar MultiPurpose) A magnetic tape technology from IBM for midrange systems. Except for the use of linear recording, Magstar MP is completely different than the Magstar line. It uses a 5GB cassette-style cartridge rather than a single-hub unit, and it uses 8mm tape rather than half inch. The Magstar MP cartridge was especially designed for picking in a robotic library. Instead of at the beginning, the starting point is in the middle of the tape for faster retrieval. See magnetic tape.