The HP Discover customer conference this week presented the perfect opportunity for the company to unveil its revolutionary computer project, affectionately referred to as “The Machine.”
The major impact of “The Machine” is its ability to essentially replace an entire data center worth of gear with a computer approximately the size of a refrigerator.
The computer is capable of processing massive amounts of data while using a minuscule amount of energy.
HP CEO Meg Whitman says the machine will mean “energy consumption problems will virtually disappear” for data centers.
An incredible breakthrough…
Instead of using traditional copper wiring to transfer data, “The Machine” utilizes light, or photonics, and a new memory technology called “memristors”, a form of memory HP claims is much faster and more efficient than flash memory.
In fact, the memory doesn’t lose data when a device runs out of battery or shuts down, a unique and very enticing feature.
“The Machine” is still work in progress and won’t be available to the public for at least a few more years but the possibilities are endless and the project is viable enough for HP to begin talking about it extensively.
The Machine’s processor: