HPE’s Machine research project, the largest R&D programme in the company’s history, has arrived in a big way – and I cannot emphasise ‘big’ enough. In what HPE is claiming as the world’s largest single-memory computer, the prototype making its debut boasts a colossal ARM-powered, 160TB memory.
The Machine prototype is geared towards delivering HPE’s vision of memory-driven computing, which the company explains as ‘an architecture custom-built for the Big Data era’. Put simply, memory-driven computing puts memory, not the processor, at the center of the computing architecture. By eliminating the inefficiencies of how memory, storage and processors interact in traditional systems today, Memory-Driven Computing reduces the time needed to process complex problems from days to hours, hours to minutes, minutes to seconds.
The Machine prototype’s impressive memory is capable of simultaneously working with the data of approximately 160 million books. It has never been possible to hold and manipulate whole data sets of this size in a single-memory system, which HPE says proves the potential of Memory-Driven Computing.
“The secrets to the next great scientific breakthrough, industry-changing innovation, or life-altering technology hide in plain sight behind the mountains of data we create every day,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.