As part of Ubidata’s policy of continually looking at future trends in IT and data processing we were excited to attend the Digital Festival 2016 @DigFestEU. We were specifically interested to hear HPE’s chief technologist for The Internet of Things, Colin l’Anson talk about the challenges of future computing, especially with regards the Big Data revolution.
HP Labs is the central research institution of Hewlett Packard and as such is well placed to look at emerging and future computing technologies. That's why Ubidata was keen to hear what Mr l'Anson had to say about the impact of the Big Data explosion on the logistics industry.
The future of compute technology faces a challenge due to this current data explosion and this demand will only increase in volume in the coming years. More and more data means more and more data centres will be needed to handle and process operations and with current technology, this means energy and heat problems.
HP labs are now developing a solution to directly deal with this problem focusing on reducing the energy and indeed cost of the computers of tomorrow. How does HP Labs propose to address the Big Data revolution? It proposes a memory driven solution of centralising universal memory and so reducing the redundant shuffling of processes. What do they call this solution? ‘The Machine’.
The beauty of this, says HP Labs, is that The Machine will be able to process more and more operations to the extent that it will be able to solve complex problems on the fly which today just aren’t possible.
For operations in the logistics industry we can see that this responds well to our increasing demand for data. Data turned into pertinent information can help logistics and supply chain firms to really streamline their day-to-day operations but also help analyse strategic business factors helping operators maintain competitive advantage in terms of time and money.
Will The Machine become a reality? Time will tell if Quantum technology will develop and compete at a similar rate and as HP Labs say themselves they'll commercialise it, “or fall on its face trying.” (Ref. Bloomberg).