The $258 million in funding will be allocated over a three-year contract period. Each company has also agreed to provide at least 40 percent of their individual total project costs, for a total investment of $430 million. Exascale computing can transcend the limits of regular computing. These limits include big data too large to ingest, outdated systems, and large energy consumption.
Engineers are concentrating on increasing the energy efficiency of these machines while boosting memory capacity for overall higher performance levels. They estimate they’ll need systems that are 10 times faster than today’s very best prototypes. The sheer performance capabilities of exascale computing could potentially deliver breakthroughs in many areas, ranging from the financial sector to scientific discovery.In May, HPE announced the largest single-memory computer to date and the company’s biggest R&D program, calling it The Machine. HPE estimates that the memory-driven computing architecture could scale to 4,096 yottabytes, or 250,000 times the size of the digital universe today.