HPE Shows Off 'The Machine' In-Memory Supercomputer Prototype

Today’s topics include Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s prototype single-memory supercomputer; Cray partnering with Markley to bring supercomputing to the cloud; Google’s new cloud service for internet of things management; and a Microsoft partnership that will bring customer relationship management  solutions to life sciences organizations.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is claiming that it now has the fastest, most powerful single-memory computer in the world.

When HPE announced "The Machine" as a project in 2014, the supercomputer, which takes mechanical servers, storage and networking and virtualizes all the moving parts into a large central memory, had a mere 8 terabytes of memory.

Now, after more than 13 years of "drawing-on-a-napkin-to-hardware" development, The Machine offers a whopping 160 terabytes of main memory.

"This is the latest scaled prototype of the [Machine] research project … and it represents the approach [HPE has] to computing, called memory-driven, which will drive everything from data analytics to high-performance computing to everything else, you name it," HPE Fellow Andrew Wheeler told eWEEK. He called The Machine “the umbrella for this new computer architecture.”

Supercomputer vendor Cray is teaming with Boston-based cloud provider Markley to bring supercomputing to the cloud. The partnership, announced May 16, will allow Cray to offer its Urika-GX appliance in an infrastructure-as-a-service environment.

The offering will open up supercomputing to new verticals and lead to industry-specific solutions in the future. Cray is pushing into commercial and enterprise spaces to satisfy increasing demand for better data analytics capabilities.

President and CEO Peter Ungaro explained that Cray is looking to expand its reach after a slowdown in the high-performance computing market. Ungaro expects the market to rebound, but added Cray will continue to focus on commercial and big data opportunities. 

Managing internet of things environments just got easier with a new cloud service from Google. Cloud IoT Core lets businesses connect their IoT sensors and devices to Google's cloud platform so the devices can be centrally managed.

The service can also be integrated with Google’s other hosted services, making for a one-stop capability for collecting, processing, analyzing and visualizing IoT data in real time, according to the company.

Cloud IoT Core targets enterprises that rely on IoT devices and sensors to streamline operations and gain other efficiencies. The need for such a service comes as the cost of deploying, maintaining and managing IoT devices rises.

Microsoft is partnering with Indegene, a health care and pharmaceutical technology company, to bring its Dynamics 365 for Sales service to life sciences organizations.

By bringing the customer relationship management solution to Indegene’s Omnipresence platform, Microsoft hopes to provide CRM, omnichannel engagement, analytics and content management capabilities to medical subject matter experts and sales personnel.

Sanjay Virmani, executive vice president of Indegene, believes the content management feature is a differentiator for the upcoming CRM solution. He described the sales process in life science markets as “very content driven.” The partnership will support that, as well as other areas of the sales and CRM processes.