Not every computer owner would be as pleased as Andrew Wheeler that their new machine could run “all weekend” without crashing.
But not everyone’s machine is “The Machine,” an attempt to redefine the relationship between memory and processor that has held since the earliest days of parallel computing.
Wheeler is a vice president and deputy labs director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He’s at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, to tell people about The Machine, a key part of which is on display in HPE’s booth.
Rather than have processors, surrounded by tiered RAM, flash and disks, communicating with one another to identify which of their neighbors has the freshest copy of the information they need, HPE’s goal with The Machine is to build a large pool of persistent memory that application processors can just access.