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March 29, 2017

What is The Machine?

This might be the future of computing.

By James Nunns

The Machine is a research project being undertaken by Hewlett Packard Enterprise that is looking at building a new computing paradigm.

The research project is aiming to tackle the problems created by an exponential growth of data.

The research project is dubbed ‘The Machine’ and it is looking at building a new computing paradigm, re-thinking how computers are built.

The idea is to build an infinite memory machine, a kind of new supercomputer that drastically reduces the space required by an entire data centre.

What will be the new data transfer system that it will use?

HPE is aiming to develop a new data transfer system that uses silicon photonics as an alternative to copper wire, these will send data via lasers.

The company says that switching to photonics in data centres would increase data transfer to about 160 petabytes in 250 nanoseconds, and use less energy in the process.

Work being undertaken to make this a reality is being done by HPE Labs, the company’s R&D division, the division has been working on the idea for around four years.

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