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HP Will Bet the Company on a Combination of Memristors and Silicon Photonics
nextbigfuture.com ^ | 06-12-2014 | Brian Wang

Posted on 06/13/2014 2:28:36 PM PDT by Red Badger

Hewlett-Packard has kicked off an ambitious project that aims at nothing less than reinventing the basic architecture of computers. It looks like servers are its initial target, but HP is also working on an Android version that it says could lead to smartphones with 100TB of storage.

HP said Wednesday it was working on a new computer architecture, dubbed The Machine, based on memristors and silicon photonics.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports up to 75% of HP’s once fairly illustrious R&D division — HP Labs – are working on The Machine.

In the words of HP Labs, The Machine will be a complete replacement for current computer system architectures. There will be a new operating system, a new type of memory (memristors), and super-fast buses/peripheral interconnects (photonics). Speaking to Bloomberg, HP says it will commercialize The Machine within a few years, “or fall on its face trying.”

The Machine isn’t on HP’s official roadmap. Fink says it could arrive as early as 2017 or take until the end of the decade. Any delivery date has to be taken with some skepticism given that HP has been hyping the memristor technology for years and failed to meet earlier self-imposed deadlines. “Memristors have been vaporware for a long time,” says David Kanter, a chip analyst and editor of the semiconductor publication Real World Tech.

“Memristors will be fast, dense and cheap enough to play both the ‘soon’ and ‘later’ roles at once, and thereby speed up throughput by eliminating most of the to and fro,” it said.

How dense? “We want you to be able to store your entire life; think of 100 terabytes on your smartphone,” Fink said. That’s more than a thousand times the storage an iPhone 5S has today.

HP is also designing new, application-specific processors for its architecture. It envisions pools of processors and memory chips interconnected with photonic cables, which Fink said will carry data at up to 6TB per second.

Managing the new architecture will require new operating systems. HP is building a Machine OS from scratch, but it’s also developing a version based on Linux and another with Google’s mobile OS.

He didn’t say more about the mobile plans and HP’s near-term focus is likely to be servers. But Paul Teich, senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said memristors could potentially replace DRAM and flash in smartphones, reducing their cost and improving performance and battery life.

More than that, with a single memory type, smartphones and tablets could access data in the cloud as easily as if it were on the device itself.

“After The Machine architecture and OS are in place, at some point in the future, the theory is that when you connect a memristor based Android device to a network with high enough bandwidth, it will become a node in a cloud with immediate access to the rest of that cloud,” Teich said. “It’s a different model of looking at device capabilities. Nothing will need to be ‘downloaded’ unless you plan to be disconnected from the larger network.”

“There is a lot of work for HP to marshal for the next few years to make this happen,” he added.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: android; computers; hewlettpackard; hp; memristor; memristors; pc; siliconphotonics
100 Terabyte Smartphone!................NSA will have fits!................
1 posted on 06/13/2014 2:28:36 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: ShadowAce; SunkenCiv

Tech Ping!..................


2 posted on 06/13/2014 2:28:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

many experts were saying Moore’s Law had flattened out.

Mebbe not...


3 posted on 06/13/2014 2:30:40 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: freedumb2003

Check out Graphene. Pretty cool stuff but will take years to get it cheap enough for the masses.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: freedumb2003

“HP said Wednesday it was working on a new computer architecture, dubbed The Machine, based on memristors and silicon photonics. “

Seems when a company tries this it flounders. Thinking of Itanium.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 2:35:21 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: DonaldC

I hope they succeed. They hold my retirement account!


6 posted on 06/13/2014 2:41:58 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Red Badger
How dense? “We want you to be able to store your entire life; think of 100 terabytes on your smartphone,” Fink said. That’s more than a thousand times the storage an iPhone 5S has today.

Yeah...also, think of your "entire life" being dropped in the toilet or washed overboard from the deck of the sailboat. Think of your "entire life" being chucked into the storm drain by an angry significant other. Think of your "entire life" dropped into the monkey exhibit at the zoo by your fun-loving three year old. Think of your "entire life" tossed and crushed by your constantly inebriated roommate under the wheels of the monster truck he owns, purely as a practical joke.

Just think of the possibilities!
7 posted on 06/13/2014 2:43:54 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad

Unlike “your entire life” of scrapbooks, kids pix, photoalbums, significant correspondence, business papers and so on being lost in a fire, “your entire life” on this hypothetical phone can be backed up to a remote location. And only a moron would fail to do so...


8 posted on 06/13/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: Red Badger

HP sold off all its photonic experts 7-10 years ago.
Those engineers are all working for much better companies.

HP has a rep now of being a very bad place to work unless you like being micro managed.

I will Never step foot in an HP site ever again.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 3:07:10 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: DonaldC

That was a Carly f up. Get rid of the entire processor technology group. Expect your HP-UX/PA-RISC customer base to remain. All while farming it out to Intel and expect to keep them committed to HP-UX/Microsoft compatible Itanium.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 3:11:30 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Sounds like something the NSA will love.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 3:14:48 PM PDT by ully2
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To: Red Badger; All
I saw a related report yesterday. If it is the same thing, HP's technology might reduce a football field-sized data center to a refrigerator.
THE MACHINE: HP Unveils Revolutionary Computer That Could Shrink A Data Center To The Size Of A Refrigerator

The following link will give an idea of a Google "football field" data center.

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If drastic size reduction is what HP is claiming with its new technology, then I'm all for it.

12 posted on 06/13/2014 3:17:08 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Red Badger

De Ja Vu all over again.

They bet the company and lost 20 years ago didn’t they???


13 posted on 06/13/2014 3:28:30 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: FredZarguna

You do understand, of course, that there are a whole lot of morons out there?


14 posted on 06/13/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad

Half the population has below average intelligence, and when you look at who the majority of Americans voted for in the last Presidential year, you realize pretty quickly how appallingly stupid “average” is...


15 posted on 06/13/2014 4:33:11 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: Red Badger

“Your entire life” and the NSA’s ability to catalog it.

Wonderful.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 4:37:13 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: DonaldC
Seems when a company tries this it flounders. Thinking of Itanium.

They were having problems with Itanium before they even got this far. Besides, that was mainly Intel's puppy. HP HAD great technology (DEC's Alpha), and didn't do anything useful with it at the right time.

If this flops, I would compare this ti being a large scale version of the RAMBUS debacle.
17 posted on 06/13/2014 4:50:46 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you’re litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Red Badger
100 Terabyte Smartphone!................NSA will have fits!................

How much of that 100TB would you access in a day, month, year or lifetime? I think I would rather have fast cloud access speed.

18 posted on 06/13/2014 4:52:44 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Milton Miteybad

100TB. How much porn can you watch on your cell phone?
Does the phone have an enhanced vibrate function?

/S


19 posted on 06/13/2014 5:02:24 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: Red Badger

That’s all well and good but download speed would have to improve radically in order to capitalize upon it even if it were to come into fruition.


20 posted on 06/13/2014 5:07:39 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Red Badger; Ernest_at_the_Beach; blam; martin_fierro; ShadowAce; Las Vegas Dave; Swordmaker

Thanks Red Badger, and good luck to HP.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 5:34:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memristor#cite_note-Meuffels_2012-4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memristor#cite_note-Meuffels_2012-5

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/memristor/index

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/memristors/index


22 posted on 06/13/2014 5:40:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Red Badger

Photonics for processors. What if the light bulb burns out?


23 posted on 06/13/2014 5:45:46 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Zathras

HP has a rep now of being a very bad place to work unless you like being micro managed.

I have this 'toon on my coffee cup..............

24 posted on 06/16/2014 6:59:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: minnesota_bound

They use those new fangled LED bulbs now....................


25 posted on 06/16/2014 7:02:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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