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Windows 7: HP May Have Invented A New Kind Of Computer

11 Jun 2014   #1
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
HP May Have Invented A New Kind Of Computer

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If Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break. Their namesake company is cooking up some awfully ambitious industrial-strength computing technology that, if and when it’s released, could replace a data center’s worth of equipment with a single refrigerator-size machine.
With 'The Machine,' HP May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer - Businessweek

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11 Jun 2014   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

It'll be interesting to see it when comes to market.
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11 Jun 2014   #3
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Wow, that looks incredible.
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12 Jun 2014   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It doesn't matter how great it is if HP continues its practice of quickly abandoning support for earlier versions.
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12 Jun 2014   #5
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 

light is faster than electricity? who'd a thunk it?
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13 Jun 2014   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michaelst View Post
light is faster than electricity? who'd a thunk it?
Hi there

The actual electromagnetic waves travel at approx. 300,000 km /s. Light can in theory operate quicker because there's no "friction" and also it will take the shortest path whereas the electronic impulses (electricity) have to travel along physical wires - which once you start talking computers with literally millions of connections the length is not negligible.

Where possible these days high intensity laser is used where circumstances permit

cheers
jimbo
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13 Jun 2014   #7
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

The light travels at the speed of ~300,000 Km/s in vacuum; however, in the case of fiber connection, it "only" travels at the speed of ~200,000 Km/s. The reduced speed is due to "fiber is glass and not vacuum", even in air the light slowed down comparing to vacuum. Electric current on the other hand pretty much travels close to speed of light in wires. That's not to say that the wire is better than the fiber. The latter one has numerous advantages over the wires, bandwidth the first and foremost, but the travel speed is not one of them.

Within "The Machine", being built by HP, the distance between the CPU and the proposed memristor will be measured in centimeters, instead of kilometers. Even interconnecting the "The Machine"s within/across racks the distance is minimal. Having fiber replace copper in the new computer architecture will provide the bandwidth that would be hard to achieve with copper. I can hardly wait to have a new PC with faster storage than the CPU can handle...
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13 Jun 2014   #8
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
The light travels at the speed of ~300,000 Km/s in vacuum; however, in the case of fiber connection, it "only" travels at the speed of ~200,000 Km/s. The reduced speed is due to "fiber is glass and not vacuum", even in air the light slowed down comparing to vacuum. Electric current on the other hand pretty much travels close to speed of light in wires. That's not to say that the wire is better than the fiber. The latter one has numerous advantages over the wires, bandwidth the first and foremost, but the travel speed is not one of them.

Within "The Machine", being built by HP, the distance between the CPU and the proposed memristor will be measured in centimeters, instead of kilometers. Even interconnecting the "The Machine"s within/across racks the distance is minimal. Having fiber replace copper in the new computer architecture will provide the bandwidth that would be hard to achieve with copper. I can hardly wait to have a new PC with faster storage than the CPU can handle...
the speed of light or electromagnetic waves is unrelated to the computing speed. the reason that fiber cable is used is that at high frequencies (high bandwidth) the electromagnetic interference is huge and signals become noisy. Light doesn't have the problem.

If HP builds this machine and sells it, does that mean it will be sold for $100, but every month you need to buy a $90 ink cartridge that is proprietary?
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13 Jun 2014   #9
margrave

None
 
 

Electricity does NOT travel through wire at the speed of light. The speed depends on a number of factors, but 60% is typical.
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17 Jun 2014   #10
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

New video just added and should be watched.....sounds like MS is out !
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