EEtimes reports that Hewlett-Packard researchers are exploring ways to make their memristor the centerpiece of a future server design. In addition, the company determined low power processors such as those based on ARM cores are superior for some data center workloads. HP Labs is working on a new kind of chip called a nanostore. A nanostore is essentially a 3-D stack of processor cores married to non-volatile memory cores such as HP’s memristors.
HP experiments show that early nanostores offer a factor of ten better performance for the same energy or dollars. Early work in 3-D stacks and memristors indicates that more factors better performance should be achievable.
Partha Ranganathan believes it could take five years before nanostore devices are ready for commercial use. He plans to publish papers this year on both nanostores and a more near-term idea for a low-power processor board he calls a microblade.
From Microprocessors to nanostores: building blocks for the data-centric future and Memristor-based Efficient System Architecturesfor Data-centric Data Centers are articles that are published or soon will be.
The 2nd Memristor and Memristive Systems Symposium took place from February 2-4, 2010 at Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley.
Full List of Videos available from the Symposium:
[VIDEO] Conference Opening Remarks (CITRIS)
[VIDEO] Memristor Minds, Leon Chua
[VIDEO] Hybrid CMOS-Memristor Reconfigurable Logic
[VIDEO] Making and Measuring Memristors (Stan Williams HP)
[VIDEO] Peering Inside a Functioning Memristive Device
[VIDEO] Semiconductor Research, Silicon Technology Roadmap
[VIDEO] Memristor Based MCAM as part of System on System Architecture
[VIDEO] Flexible Memristors
[VIDEO] Technology in Ultra Dense Neuromorphic and NonVolatile Memory Architecture
[VIDEO] Memristors, Memcapacitors and Meminductors: From Modeling to Emulation
[VIDEO] Panel Discussion