HP Aims To Revolutionize Computing with ‘The Machine’

Tech giant HP has introduced an entirely new computing architecture dubbed "The Machine" that it says can process data intelligently using far less energy and space. With the massive amount of data being moved to the cloud increasing every day, The Machine could be the ticket to solving the challenges of cloud computing -- managing and analyzing all that information.

The entire computing industry has continued down the same road for more than a decade, yet businesses are trying to do entirely different things since the invention of the cloud. According to HP, running the public cloud today uses as much energy as is used by all of Japan.

When looking at computing from a sustainability perspective, it is simply not possible to progress without a new type of computer. It may take a few years, but HP is confident that it has found a way to take computing to the next level. HP is staking its future on The Machine knowing that it could change an entire industry.

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HP Labs, the company's R&D division, has been working on The Machine for two years. The project started to take shape when Martin Fink was named CTO of HP Labs. In the 1990s it was very common for a technology company to think of ways to build computer architectures from the ground up, but that has been less common in recent years.

HP had been moving in the direction of The Machine before Fink moved to Labs, but it wasn't until he took over that HP actually began work on a new computer model. The company has invented a new type of memory called "memristors," and a data transfer system that uses silicon photonics. Memristors will replace RAM and long-term flash storage, since they are fast and still allow for permanent storage.

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