CEO Meg Whitman describes them as a response to the growing flood of data through cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The Machine uses HP’s memristor technology and is designed to significantly reduce data center power requirements.
At the HP Home Show Discover in Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard presented “The Machine”. It’s a concept for a new computing architecture that, according to CEO Meg Whitman, should be the answer to the flood of data through “cloud computing, the Internet of Things, mobile networks, and machine-to-machine computing.” Whitman said that a new computing architecture is needed to handle the accumulated “vast and unmanageable” data sets.
HP logo”For decades we use the same architecture in the same way,” added HP CTO Martin Frink. 90 percent of operating systems and processors are busy with moving data between different storage devices. For example, from a slow disk to faster main memory.
HP has developed a completely new concept with The Machine. Processors, specially designed for specific workloads, communicate by light with a “universal memory” that eliminates the separation of main memory and mass storage. HP uses the memristor technology for a combination of DRAM and flash memory, continues Frink. “That will allow us to deal with huge amounts of data. Record it, save it, edit it, and do it with significantly less energy per bit or per arithmetic, “explains Frink.
In order for the higher data speeds to be processed, it also requires new operating systems. They should be optimized for non-volatile memory and be under an open source license. “We start with a Linux environment and remove everything we do not need,” Frink said.
HP highlights the low energy consumption of The Machine. In the long term, the power grid can not compete with the ever-growing data centers on traditional computing architectures. The Machine reduces power consumption by several orders of magnitude, but at the same time is more powerful, said Frink.
Whitman also gave examples of The Machine’s capabilities: “Imagine an overview that shows you every aspect of your business operations in real time. Or a doctor who balances your symptoms and genetic make-up with every other patient in the world, with no language barriers and no privacy. ”
It’s not until the end of the decade that The Machine is ready for a larger audience. However, according to Frink, every single component appears in advance since it is not a monolithic design.