HPE Gives Open-Source Developers Early Access to the Machine
The tech vendor wants developers to start developing code for the Machine, a system officials say will fundamentally change data center computing.Hewlett Packard Enterprise officials want to get open-source developers involved early with the development of the company's reworking of data center computer architectures that they are calling the Machine. At the tech vendor's Discover 2016 conference in Las Vegas June 7, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) launched an open-source community page that will give developers access to a new set of tools that will enable them to start contributing to the code development for the Machine, which officials said completely rethinks data center IT as engineers shift the system architecture away from processors and toward memory. The system is being designed to handle the massive amounts of data that will be generated in the future due to such trends as cloud computing, big data analytics, the proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of things (IoT). A new architecture is needed to address the computing demands of the future, according to HPE officials. The Machine will include a broad array of new and emerging technologies, including silicon photonics, custom processors and its own operating system. However, the focus of the system will be on memory—company officials call the new architecture "Memory-Driven Computing." For the Machine, that will mean HPE's advanced memristor technology, which essentially are chips that can operate like both storage and memory for the computer, creating a fast memory technology that also can keep data stored when power is turned off. Through this, the Machine will offer massive pools of nonvolatile memory (NVM) for storing data that will be linked by silicon photonics, and which will not only increase the amount of data that can be stored in a single machine, but also speed up the processing of the data and reduce power consumption.
The work will fundamentally change the architecture that computing—from smartphones to data center infrastructure to supercomputers—has been based on for six decades, according to officials. HPE reportedly will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop the Machine, a system that will be about the size of a refrigerator, but will be able to do the work of an entire data center.