HP and "The Machine"
"By 2020, 30 billion connected devices will generate unprecedented amounts of data. The infrastructure required to collect, process, store, and analyze this data requires transformational changes in the foundations of computing. Bottom line: current systems can’t handle where we are headed and we need a new solution." HP has taken it upon itself to reinvent the way computers work completely, with a new form of super-computer that is being developed under the code name "The Machine". With a handful of revolutionary innovations that will supposedly turn the computer world on its head, HP is taking a big shot at turning around its faltering line of products.
The outline for what could be the future of computers.
The Machine is a new type of computer architecture that is meant to replace today's computers – a new form of memory units that are called memristors work hand in hand with photonics to create a new level of functionality that is unprecedented. A Machine server will be able to transfer 160 petabytes of data in 250 nanoseconds, have hardware that is six times more powerful than current servers, and use 80% less energy at the same time. A large part of this functionality is due to Memristors, which work as a unified form of memory in contrast to the fast/slow system of memory we have today. In a normal computer, all information is stored on "disk" storage, the "slow" memory and then transferred into DRAM, the "fast memory", in order to be used. Memristors eliminate the in-between by acting as both storage and DRAM simultaneously.
The Machine will operate using processor core clusters.
HP says they are determined to get The Machine to market or "fall on their face trying." The tech will eventually be available in all formats – desktop, laptop, and mobile. The first samples of HP's progress should be coming in June of this year.
(IT Consulting Experts of Denver)