HP Enterprise is working on a risky research project in hopes of driving a remarkable comeback. Nearly three-quarters of the people in HPâ€™s research division are now dedicated to a single project: a powerful new kind of computer known as â€œthe Machine.â€ It would fundamentally redesign the way computers function, making them simpler and more powerful. If it works, the project could dramatically upgrade everything from servers to smartphonesâ€”and save HP itself.
â€œPeople are going to be able to solve problems they canâ€™t solve today,â€ says Martin Fink, HPâ€™s chief technology officer and the instigator of the project. The Machine would give companies the power to tackle data sets many times larger and more complex than those they can handle today, he says, and perform existing analyses perhaps hundreds of times faster. That could lead to leaps forward in all kinds of areas where analyzing information is important, such as genomic medicine, where faster gene-sequencing machines are producing a glut of new data. The Machine will require far less electricity than existing computers, says Fink, making it possible to slash the large energy bills run up by the warehouses of computers behind Internet services. HPâ€™s new model for computing is also intended to apply to smaller gadgets, letting laptops and phones last much longer on a single charge.
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