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HP Unveils Revolutionary Computer That Could Shrink A Data Center To The Size Of A Refrigerator
Business Insider ^ | 06/12/2014 | Julie Bort

Posted on 06/12/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

HP demonstrated on Wednesday a breakthrough computer project from HP Labs known internally as "The Machine." The new computer was the highlight of a keynote speech by CEO Meg Whitman and CTO Martin Fink, the head of HP Labs, at the company's HP Discover customer conference being held this week in Las Vegas.

The Machine is a project that, if successful, could replace a giant data center worth of gear with a computer the size of a refrigerator, reports Businessweek's Ashlee Vance.

More importantly, it will instantly process mind-boggling amounts of data while sipping only a tiny bit of energy. Whitman says the machine will mean "energy consumption problems will virtually disappear" for data centers.

That compares to today, where if cloud computing were a country, in terms of energy consumption, it would rank fifth in the world, Whitman says.

Basically, the machine uses a new homegrown operating system, a new superfast way to transfer data that uses light (i.e. photonics) instead of the copper wiring traditionally used by Ethernet cables and a whole new kind of memory called "memristors."

A memristor is a type of memory that HP says is faster and more efficient than flash memory. Its claim to fame is that it doesn't lose data even when a device loses power or runs out of battery. HP isn't the only company working on these technologies, although it is a particular pioneer on the science of memristors.

Assembling all of these brand new technologies into a new type of computer is almost a "Back To The Future" type of strategy.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: datacenter; hewlettpackard; hp; themachine

1 posted on 06/12/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Too big. I want one that does all this that fits in my pocket.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

3 posted on 06/12/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just what the NSA needs.


4 posted on 06/12/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: fulltlt
Too big. I want one that does all this that fits in my pocket.

LMAO!

5 posted on 06/12/2014 9:12:28 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: SeekAndFind

And then Skynet became self aware....

I mean we already have Big Dog and HK type drones...what could go wrong? ;)


6 posted on 06/12/2014 9:13:53 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Honestly, I can’t fit anymore in my fridge.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 9:22:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

8 posted on 06/12/2014 9:24:23 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Norm Lenhart

[ And then Skynet became self aware....

I mean we already have Big Dog and HK type drones...what could go wrong? ;) ]

Just give me a way to data dump a copy of my Brain’s memory ingrams into this thing...

That way I can post here at twice the rate.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 9:27:24 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: fulltlt
"Too big. I want one that does all this that fits in my pocket."

Patience...coming soon!

10 posted on 06/12/2014 9:28:49 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: GraceG

I’d love it. Then I could torment the Cheshires all the more with random acts of conservative philosophy ;)


11 posted on 06/12/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SeekAndFind
the machine uses a new homegrown operating system

I'm more curious about that than I am about the hardware.

12 posted on 06/12/2014 9:32:43 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: SeeSharp
Guaranteed it's based on a flavor of BSD.
13 posted on 06/12/2014 9:41:54 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Guaranteed it's based on a flavor of BSD.

How do you know? HP owns a stable of main frame class operating systems now: openVMS, Tandem Himalaya, Ultrix, the HP version of Unix (whatever that was). They are capable of cranking out something a little more substantial than BSD.

14 posted on 06/12/2014 10:02:53 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: SeekAndFind
Revolutionary Computer That Could Shrink A Data Center To The Size Of A Refrigerator

Just make sure nobody's inside when they flip the switch.......

15 posted on 06/12/2014 10:05:24 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: SeekAndFind

to provide the computing capacity of an entire data center in a single rack would mean at least 100x better then the current tech

that seems a bit far fetched


16 posted on 06/12/2014 10:24:40 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

I think they are not taking into consideration switches, routers and other comms gear. But strictly from virtualization, disk and the OS that runs it, why not?

I have “one rack” in my data center with 120tb of storage capacity and the servers to carve it all up.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 10:35:42 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: SeekAndFind

They have a server system now that is enclosed in a POD size container.
They bring it in on the back of a truck, drop it off in the parking lot, run some cables to it and away it goes. Can be hooked up in parallel with other PODs.
The thing that gets me, no mechanical cooling of the PODs. I used to be in the business and can’t get my mind around that.


18 posted on 06/12/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: SeeSharp
HP-UX is HP's Unix.

And I'm pretty sure that system isn't running VMS. ;)

19 posted on 06/12/2014 10:46:46 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: SeekAndFind

It doesn’t matter. Microsoft will find a way to bloat it up and then toss the OS for the next version, released one a year until the one that worked is 4 versions back, and then tweak it to only run on a new box.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 10:50:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

RE: HP-UX is HP’s Unix.
And I’m pretty sure that system isn’t running VMS. ;)

____________________________

BTW, HP owns VMS via their acquisition of Compaq ( which acquired DEC, the company that designed VMS ).

And personally, of all the operating systems I’ve worked with, I still like VMS the most.


21 posted on 06/12/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: EQAndyBuzz

To be fair, 120 TB isn’t that much storage in today’s terms. That’s two 25-disk DAS trays full of 4 TB SAS disks in a RAID5.

Cisco’s UCS offerings put massive amounts of networking and computing into a 10RU chassis that can run circles around HP’s latest BladeSystems. And this is coming from an HP fanboy!


22 posted on 06/12/2014 12:27:46 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Many people earned a good living on building enterprises with VMS, it's true. It's one of those long lasting systems people speak fondly of.

It hasn't had a new release in ten years at least.

23 posted on 06/12/2014 1:19:51 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: SeeSharp
How do you know? HP owns a stable of main frame class operating systems now: openVMS, Tandem Himalaya, Ultrix, the HP version of Unix (whatever that was). They are capable of cranking out something a little more substantial than BSD.

I hope they bring back MPE-V.

I want to kill print jobs again by using the 'deletespoolfile' command again.

Sadly, there are some features of the MPE JCL that I still miss.

 

24 posted on 06/12/2014 4:45:53 PM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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BFL


25 posted on 06/12/2014 4:50:51 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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