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Will a personal computer based on "The Machine" technology be put to market by end of 2018?

For decades, the essential architecture of personal and other computers has been largely the same, with very fast-access random-access memory supplemented by a much slower-access permanent memory storage system (whether punch card, tape, magnetic hard drive or SSD). Data analysis tasks employing very large (i.e. exceeding tens of GB currently) data sets must read portions of the data into memory at a time. Similarly, applications are loaded from disk into memory upon demand.

In principle, this can be different. A major, and long-term, project by the research arm of Hewlett-Packard is to develop a qualitatively new hardware architecture using "memristors" and optical communications to effectively combine long- and short-term storage. This new sort of device is internally referred to as "The Machine."

The project, described in some detail in this 2014 article and this 2015 article may (or may not) be nearing prototyping and production. So we ask:

Will there be "The Machine" (a HP technology, consisting of memristor chips and optical communications inside the computer) based computer for personal use below $2000 in 2018 year?

Fore a positive resolution, the computer should be based on HP technology (manufactured by HP or with licensing to HP), and have an assigned MSRP below $2000 and an at least approximate shipping date (if not already shipping or in use) by the end of 2018. The machine must use both memristor chips and at least some internal optical data transfer (beyond what might be found in any standard PC).


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