No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

www.theregister.co.uk | 11/6/2017 | Staff
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Even using the most conservative estimates, the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans. Machines are communicating more with other machines than they are with humans.

It's therefore reasonable to assume that, eventually, data centres will exist specifically to cater to machine communication, and those data centres are likely to look quite a bit different than data centres that cater to humans.

Data - Centres - Machines - Humans - Technology

At present, data centres serve both machines and humans. As such, technology that provides services to machines look a lot like those designed to serve humans. This makes sense; we're only just beginning to understand the differences in machine needs versus human needs. As we learn more about machine use cases, however, this will change.

Barring a Neuralink-class technological leap, human/technology interface use cases are pretty well defined. Humans are massively parallel pattern matching systems with high latency data input and glacial data output. While machines aren't (yet) as good at the pattern matching part, they absolutely crush us on the rest.

Limitations - Abilities - Order - Workloads - Boundaries

Our limitations and abilities mean that, in order to be considered acceptable, certain workloads have upper and lower boundaries on capability. There are hard upper limits in how fast you can send us data. Our pattern matching also means that there are limits on things like audiovisual latency and graphic distortion before humans feel we're into the uncanny valley. We are hard programmed to reject anything we feel has strayed into uncanny valley territory.

This means, for example, your data centre is doing its job if it streams X audio streams with a max of Y latency and Z jitter.

Machine - Capabilities - Humans - Machines - Latencies

Machine capabilities are far more diverse than those of humans. Some machines require latencies far lower than humans. This need is driving the creation of another layer of the internet called the edge. The edge involves making Bulk Data...
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