Hewlett Packard Enterprise showed another prototype of the computer The Machine with 160 TB of storage
In the distant year 2014, HP spoke about a project The Machine — new type of PC, the basis of which is not CPU and memory. Initially it was assumed that The Machine will use memristor memory, but for lack of commercialized technology in 2016 we showed the first prototype (now Hewlett Packard Enterprise), which uses DRAM.
And that’s HPE showed the second prototype. The concept is now called Memory-Driven Computing, but it’s a development of the ideas embodied in The Machine.
A new prototype already contains 4 TB of memory, and 160 TB. According to the developers, this enables the device to simultaneously work with the data contained approximately 160 million books.
Based on its laurels, HP expects the architecture can easily scale to multiple exabytes and even up to 4,096 of yottabyte! Given the architecture, this will allow to process incredible amounts of data. For example, the manufacturer says that this system will be able to simultaneously work with all digital registers of health of each person in the world, each piece of data the social network Facebook, all the data coming from each unmanned vehicle, and data Google all of humanity coming from those or other sources, associated with the cosmos.
The current prototype 160 TB of memory is divided into 40 physical nodes connected by a high-performance Protocol. In addition, there are optical and optoelectronic compounds, including Photonics module X1. All of this is running an optimized OS based on Linux, which is responsible Cavium ThunderX2.
Unfortunately, it is not clear when the actual device Memory-Driven Computing will be on the market. But in 2018 or 2019 HPE needs to produce working software that allows you to perform calculations on a similar architecture.