Note that 'yotta' now officially means 1024
even in the context of data processing
. The prefixes kilo
, yotta always refer to powers of 10.
To refer to powers of 210 (powers of 1024), use the new binary prefixes kibi, mebi, gibi, tebi, pebi, and exbi. That is as high as they go; there are no official prefixes 'zebi' or 'yobi'.
These new prefixes were created in December 1998 by the International Electrotechnical Commission: see the node prefixes for binary multiples for fuller explanation.
The prefix 'yotta' was originally adopted by the nineteenth CGPM of the SI in 1991, along with zetta, yocto, and zepto. It comes from an alteration of the Greek for 'eight'.