The proof-of-concept prototype demonstrated compute nodes accessing a shared pool of fabric-attached memory, an optimised Linux-based operating system running on a customised system on a chip, photonics/optical communication links, and new software programming tools designed to take advantage of abundant persistent memory.
HPE said the new tools have demonstrated enhanced execution speeds of up to 8,000 times on several workloads on existing products. The company hopes to achieve similar results as it expands the capacity of the prototype with further nodes and memory.
The company noted that it is committed to rapidly commercialising the non-volatile memory (NVM), fabric (including photonics), ecosystem enablement and security technologies developed for The Machine.
It plans to introduce true, byte-addressable NVM as soon as 2018/2019; Synergy systems coming in 2017 will accept future photonics/optics technologies, with photonics coming to additional product lines as soon as 2018/2019.
On the software side, HPE is partnering with Hortonworks/Spark, releasing code packages on Github, and is participating in the Gen-Z Consortium for a new approach to data access.
HPE’s prototype The Machine includes new, secure memory interconnects as part of its goal of embedding security across the total hardware and software stack. Further work in this area will be carried out in the coming years.
HPE executive vice president and general manager of the enterprise group Antonio Neri said the Machine research project is one of the largest and most complex research projects in the company’s history.
“With this prototype, we have demonstrated the potential of Memory-Driven Computing and also opened the door to immediate innovation. Our customers and the industry as a whole can expect to benefit from these advancements as we continue our pursuit of game-changing technologies.”
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