Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ): CTO Martin Fink Discusses HP’s ‘The Machine’


Hewlett-Packard Company’s (NYSE:HPQ) Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink discussed how excited HP is about what they call “The Machine” in an interview with CNBC.

According to the executive who is also an executive vice president at the company, the team at Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is “extremely excited” about telling the world what “The Machine” is all about. He told CNBC that the project is an extremely ambitious effort to re-architect how the company has been building computers for the first time in decades. The aim of the project is to make computers that deliver better performance while consuming dramatically lower energy.

The comment came after the company unveiled the project at the HP® Discover 2014 Conference in Las Vegas.

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The CTO who also serves as the Director of HP Labs and General Manager of HP’s Cloud business unit was then prompted to react about how this new and ambitious project needs to be a collaboration between technology industry companies. According to Fink, this is absolutely true. “The Machine,” he explained, will not be an effort that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) will do on its own but will be doing with partners.

Fink also discussed how “The Machine” will need to run on a next-generation operating system which can help it harness its better technology. The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) CTO said that the company plans to make this new operating system completely open source to help reignite operating system studies in universities, a field of study he said that has become dormant over the last decades. Furthermore, Fink said that by building “The Machine,” HP aims to surpass the “wall” which current technologies will eventually hit. He added that by doing this project, the company is going to solve the problems created by the massive amount of data the world is producing and would need to be processed, an endeavor that requires a lot of energy.

As for when the company aims to release “The Machine” to the market, Fink said that it will have different components and those components will be released continuously through to the end of the decade and not just on a single date.

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Investors in Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) includes Ralph V. Whitworth’s Relational Investors with about 27.8 million shares in the company, valued at about $899.49 million, by the end of March. Furthermore, as of the end of the first quarter, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management also reported about 27.03 million shares in the company.

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