HP seeks to revolutionize computer architecture by using a new type of memory
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Date: Thursday, 11-Dec-2014 17:54:16
Current computers store software on disk drives or flash drives and load it into volatile RAM. HP wants to use an exotic form of non-volatile RAM, called memristor memory, to store everything and eliminate the drives. Memristors were developed years ago, but not commercialized because of technical issues which HP believes it can overcome.
HP plans to use a single kind of memory—in the form of memristors—for both long- and short-term data storage in The Machine. Not having to move data back and forth should deliver major power and time savings. Memristor memory also can retain data when powered off, should be faster than RAM, and promises to store more data than comparably sized hard drives today.
The Machine’s design includes other novel features such as optical fiber instead of copper wiring for moving data around. HP’s simulations suggest that a server built to The Machine’s blueprint could be six times more powerful than an equivalent conventional design, while using just 1.25 percent of the energy and being around 10 percent the size.