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November 17, 2011

HP project Moonshot for new architecture for extreme low-energy computing

HP has announced a Project Moonshot, which encompasses a new development platform, a discovery lab and an industry ecosystem that will enable HP’s partners to bring cost and energy savings to large-scale, data-intensive computing.
The expected improvements are dramatic, notes HP Fellow Partha Ranganathan. “Our research suggests that for the kinds of workloads and applications that we’re now seeing in hyper-scale environments, we ought to be able to reduce energy consumption by 89%, use 94% less space and see costs that are 63% lower compared to traditional systems,” he says.
HP Redstone Development Platform is the industry’s first server development platform to feature extreme low-energy server processors that consume almost 90 percent less energy.




A holistic approach

At the heart of the program is a novel, holistic approach to design for extreme computing environments.

The new solution uses state-of-the art low-power processors, for example, but they alone can’t deliver the kinds of efficiencies achievable by rethinking the entire data management infrastructure, says Ranganathan.

“It’s not just about the box anymore,” he argues. “It’s about shared chipsets, power, cooling, and storage – the entire fabric – and optimizing them all to work together. That’s really what Moonshot does.”

The next target for HP’s Intelligent Infrastructure Lab will be to combine the vision underlying Project Moonshot with other recent HP innovations such as photonic interconnects and memristor-based memory.

“That will create a game changing nanostore design,” Ranganathan says. “We think that too will really disrupt the market and we’re very excited about that as well.”

An industry-first server development platform introduced by HP will help customers nearly eliminate cabling, switching and peripheral devices, in 94 percent less space.



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