The Future Is Now, and Other Lessons From New Scientist Live



  • On September 28th HPE were part of the opening day at New Scientist Live, London, taking the stage to talk about memory-driven computing and its place in life today
  • The brief recap of Ian Brooks session looks at the common challenge facing research projects and innovators and how HPE is already responding

HPEs debut at New Scientist Live, London, proved that innovation is all around and the future is now.

It was good to be back at Excel London, and whilst the great memories of HPE Discover events flooded from the memory bank, it was the New Scientist Live event that brought HPE back to these hallowed halls. On its opening day, the queue for the entrance was filled with everyone from excited toddlers dressed as spacemen, to armies of students and hordes of retired engineers. It was clear from the start that this event brought together the future and past generations of scientists, leaders, engineers and innovators. And between the book signings, celeb sightings and panel sessions there were three key lessons that could be learned from a day at New Scientist Live, London.

  1. Innovation is alive and well

From your first step into the New Scientist Live show floor you could hear drones buzzing around the stands, see theatres filled with intrigued students and pick up more VR goggles than one person could ever need in a lifetime. Universities, research labs and businesses alike were all there showcasing new technology, programs and findings in perfectly thought-out demonstrations and displays. But, the energy and excitement at the event wasnt just from the awestruck audiences but was equalled by the passionate vendors, spokespeople and volunteers.

The range of show-floor zones brought to life the magnitude of innovation in the world today. But, on watching and listening to so many research projects being explained to the crowds, there was a clear common issue. To keep excelling in this innovative way, leading to such incredible advancements, we must collect, analyse and respond to information in ever faster ways.

  1. Compute isnt keeping up

Listening to Ian Brooks, European Head of Innovation at HPE, he reflected on the important (but not new) news that Moores Law is over. Brooks shared the reality of the worlds current situation; the biggest challenge facing these innovators and their goals is that the power to compute data is not keeping up with their demands. With the data we create projected to continue doubling every two years (2013-2020), the industry needs to start thinking differently. Our response to this challenge is Memory-Driven Computing, Brooks stated.

In May 2017, HPE launched a Memory-Driven Computing research prototype, announcing the worlds largest single-memory computer. On stage, Brooks continued to share details of the impact Memory-Driven Computing is set to achieve 15x faster in-memory analytics, 40x faster similarity search abilities, 100x faster large scale graph inference models and 10,000x faster financial models with changes to the programmatic approaches!

  1. The Future is happening, now

Its all too common to hear about the future of technology and what the future will be like, but the final lesson learned was that this future, that everyone refers to, is happening right now, today.

There were so many real life applications and examples on every stand and in every talk that proved this to be the case. HPEs Memory-Driven Computing capabilities have already led to involvement with the U.S. Department of Energy race for an exascale supercomputer. Moreover, in the healthcare market this same change in computing is advancing the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and their ability to process massive data sets to accelerate finding a cure for Alzheimers.

So if you ever want to be amazed, challenged and inspired then you can always get tickets for the next New Scientist Live event or perhaps just look around at whats happening right now with the technology of today.


  • Read Ian Brooks blog on New Scientist Live here
  • Find out more about Memory driven computing here
  • Get the full Memory-Driven Computing Press Kit here
  • To see more information about the work of Hewlett Packard Labs click here