HP just announced the next revolution in the evolution of computing. In fact, the computing solution they’ve come up with is beyond revolutionary.
- 80 times less energy consumed.
- Photons (light) are used for processor to memory communication instead of electrons.
- 160 petabytes of stable long term non-volatile memory, byte addressable, accessible in under 250 nanoseconds. That’s the equivalent of having 163,840 terabyte sized hard drives acting as if they were instantly accessible computer RAM.
- Special purpose CPU cores that are computationally task specific.
- 640 terabytes of data can be computed in 1 billionth of a second.
- 6 times the processing power of traditional server clusters.
- Oxygen ions used to store information instead of magnetic hard drive platters or standard RAM chips.
- Complete design flexibility between processing and memory. Memory and processors can be separated by great distances.
- The size of machines such as these can scale anywhere from the size of a cell phone up to the size of a large data center, and beyond with instant cloud accessibility.
- Processors can flip between binary 0 or 1 memory states in the picosecond range (0.000000000001 seconds), and require no energy to maintain the state in memory.
- A completely new open sourced operating system is being designed to take advantage of the new architecture.
- They project completed systems development by 2020, with many of the system components coming online well before that.
This is a totally new way of computing. It’s hard to even wrap your head around it. It’s the equivalent of going from horseback to a super-sonic fighter jet.