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Summer 2014 interns at HP Labs – Stanko Novakovic

Stanko-Novakovic_29-Jul-201.jpgStanko Novakovic has traveled from Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne to intern at HP Labs in Palo Alto this summer. A native of Zrenjanin in Serbia, Novakovic studied for his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Novi Sad before moving to Lausanne to continue his graduate work. This fall he begins the fourth year of his Ph.D. program in computer science. When he’s not working, Novakovic likes to read fiction and travel, and keeps himself fit by running and playing basketball.


HP: Can you first tell us about your general research interests?

Sure. I’m interested in many aspects of computer systems, with an emphasis on operating systems, distributed systems, and computer architecture. As part of my doctoral studies, at the moment I’m looking at cloud-based applications and services in the context of rack-scale computing systems. One of the things I’m trying to explore for example is how specific features of such systems can help us improve the performance of data center application software. Certain aspects of today’s data center infrastructure are fundamentally different from what we’re now seeing in rack-scale computers. For instance, the way we connect hardware components is often different. So, by leveraging specific features of rack-scale systems, such as faster access to non-local memory, we may be able to improve the performance of our data center software.

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Science, ideas and emerging trends: HP Labs Bristol sponsors the Cheltenham Science Festival



In June, HP Labs Bristol once again became a principal partner and sponsor of the Cheltenham Science Festival. The event attracts hundreds of celebrated scientists and academics, as well as popular figures from the world of comedy and entertainment to talk about scientific ideas and trends.


As part of its initiative to encourage an interest in science, engineering and math in the local community, HP Labs sponsored three talks during the event: Daredevil Maths, Hacking: Demonstrations of Cybercrime, and the Science of Cycling, along with hosting some Raspberry Pi workshops for participants.


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Students from Davenies School visit HP Labs Bristol



In early July, 27 year-8 (8th grade) boys and three teachers from Davenies School in Buckinghamshire visited HP Labs, Bristol.


HP Labs Research Manager Simon Shiu welcomed everyone, outlined the role of HP Labs and shared a video about HP Labs’ vision of the future of technology. 


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Local Member of Parliament Jack Lopresti visits HP Labs Bristol


Nick Wainwright, Charlene Brennan and MP Jack Lopresti


Jack Lopresti, Member of Parliament for the county consitutency of Filton and Bradley Stokes in the UK, recently visited HP Labs Bristol. As HP Labs is based in his constituency, Mr Lopresti was very keen to visit and find out more about the Labs and HP’s wider contribution to the Bristol community.


Mr Lopresti met with Nick Wainwright, Director, Security & Cloud Lab, and Charlene Brennan, HP Corporate Affairs Manager, who hosted a tour of HP’s Malware Lab with HP Labs researcher Jonathan Griffin and 3D Printing Lab with researcher Guy Adams. The MP also received an update from Adams on plans to hire two apprentices at the 3D Printing Lab in September 2014. 


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Introducing Loom: A new tool for managing complex systems



Only a year after its inception, an HP Labs research project has already contributed to the company’s Helion cloud platform and promises to help make The Machine – HP’s vision for fundamentally redesigning computing for the Internet of Things – a reality.


The project is designing new software for understanding and managing highly complex systems and its first tool, code-named Loom, was announced at HP Discover in June by HP CTO and Director of HP Labs, Martin Fink.


“How do you manage at scale?” asked Fink in his keynote introducing The Machine. “How do you start thinking about the thousands of cores in the system and the petabytes of memory that you have available? As part of our Helion OpenStack product, we’re including a tool from HP Labs called Loom that allows you to manage thousands of servers and 40,000 virtual machines from one simple console.”

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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