On the internet there are a lot of story’s about the HP Machine. Ok I get it is new special and HP is proud of next big thing since long time. And they should be proud off course it is one of those developments why I started working in IT;-).
- Is it interesting enough to read about it? YES!
- Should you look at the Video’s? YES!
- Will it be available soon? NO…
- Then why should I look at it now? BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME 🙂
It is build on 3 never used before technical hardware developments. (Source page at HP)
System on a chip. It starts with replacing general-purpose processors with special-purpose cores integrated with memory and networking into a single chip package. Building on the foundations laid by HP’s revolutionary Moonshot microservers, this promises to slash the energy that conventional microprocessors require and chomp through huge amounts of data much more rapidly. It’s like having a toolbox full of specialized tools rather than a Swiss army knife — the right tools are faster and more efficient.
Memristors. Today, all our devices — from phone to supercomputer — constantly shuttle information between three layers of memory: what’s needed this instant (SRAM), what will be needed very soon (DRAM) and what may be needed later (storage). Memristors will be fast, dense and cheap enough to play both the “soon” and “later” roles at once and thereby speed up throughput by eliminating most of the to and fro. Critically, Memristor is also “nonvolatile” — meaning that no electricity is needed to maintain the data. This massively reduces the energy required to store data and makes systems virtually immune to power cuts.
Photonics. Today, we use fiber optics to move data over long distances. To boost the throughput of information flowing between processor cores within data warehouses, HP is pushing ahead with optical links that relay bits via photons rather than electrons. This eliminates copper wires as the conduit and with them, a big source of energy and space inefficiency. High speed photonic fabrics — a term used to mean the web of connections between processor cores – will allow unprecedented storage and computational resources to be marshalled under a radically simplified programming model — moving data between hundreds of thousands of optimized computing cores and exabytes of Memristor store.
To work whit this new technology we also need an new OS.
HP OS. Hardware alone won’t solve this problem. The fourth piece of HP’s vision is a brand new operating system that orchestrates the flow of data between these hardware upgrades. Virtually all software in existence is written to cope with the limitations of conventional architecture. Coders will be able to create applications that can manipulate and extract meaning from vastly larger data sets than is possible today.
The development will take years of testing and investing. the roadmap publicly available looks to general availability in 2020. This means The Machine is not the solution for current problems but for future challenges. This is the solution for excessive power consumption, data growth, need for speed and more..
How does ” The Machine” future surprise us? (MY PERSONAL VIEW ;-))
When it goes to market it will be available in all kinds of shapes and sizes. It can be as small as a watch or as big as a complete Datacenter. Connections to the Cloud are transparent (Same OS Same Hardware). Capacity will be available on demand and you pay what you use. No spare part repair if it is broken you just use you spare capacity. Defected capacity will just be replaced when needed. EVERYTHING is software defined and performance is superfast. HP OS replaces the need for a Hypervisor. VVOL’s on top of object storage and Hadoop alike configurations will replace BURA demands. Everything is always available at the speed of light.
These are all my personal views and words!!