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High school programmers meet at HP Labs for ‘HP CodeWars Silicon Valley’



On a Saturday morning earlier this month, nearly 200 students and parent/teacher chaperones gathered at HP Labs’ Palo Alto headquarters to compete in the second annual ‘HP CodeWars Silicon Valley.’


The competition, which is run entirely by HP employee volunteers and open to all high school students, public or private, drew 57 teams of students from 19 schools, including one from Connecticut and another from Downey, near Los Angeles. They met in HP Labs’ main dining room to tackle a set of 20 coding challenges using Java, JavaScript, C/C++/C#, or Python.


HP Labs storage research wins USENIX’s 2015 FAST ‘Test of Time’ award



A 2002 paper authored by current and former HP Labs researchers recently received the coveted ‘Test of Time Award’ from FAST, the Conference on File and Storage Systems sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association. It was accepted by five of the six co-authors at the 2015 FAST conference in Santa Clara, California on February 18th.


USENIX ‘Test of Time’ awards recognize research papers that have had “a lasting impact” in their relevant fields and that were presented at a USENIX conference at least 10 years ago.


The HP paper, presented at the very first FAST conference in January, 2002 in Monterey, California and titled “Hippodrome: running circles around storage administration,” offered a novel approach to the challenge of storage system configuration, suggesting how automated iteration could replace what had hitherto been an error-filled and time-consuming manual design process.

Energizing Young Women to Become High-Tech Innovators


HP Labs researchers Cat Graves, Susan Spence and Niru Kumari at the 2015 Women's Innovation Council forum in Half Moon Bay, California


The Women’s Innovation Council was founded in 2013 to provide women technology leaders with a collaborative forum to drive and share technology innovations to make a difference in their businesses and communities.

Last week, HP brought together more than 45 of the most prominent female CEO, CIO and CTOs at a forum in Half Moon Bay, California, to harness the power of the Council and its network to energize girls and young women to become the next generation of high-tech innovators.

Since its launch in 2013, the forum has exposed the council to leading edge innovations in the tech sector, and this year was no exception. HP’s CTO Martin Fink was invited to share his insights into The Machine, HP Lab’s ambitious research project to reinvent computers and computing. 

HP launches a new tool for predictive analytics, optimized for big data and powered by HP Labs



Indrajit-Roy_Discover-Barce.jpgAt this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose, California, HP unveiled HP Haven Predictive Analytics, an open source solution that massively reduces execution times for statistical analysis and allows users to analyze much larger data sets than is currently possible.


The offering is powered by Distributed R, a new extension to R, the most-used open source tool in data analysis. First conceived in HP Labs and then commercialized in a collaboration with HP Software, Distributed R addresses the need for analytics solutions that can handle modern, data-intensive environments, says Distributed R architect and HP Labs Principal Researcher Indrajit Roy.



Dr. Wei-Nchih Lee explains how IT can help make hospitals more effective



Dr. Wei-Nchih Lee, an internal medicine physician and senior research scientist in our Analytics Lab, recently gave an in-depth interview to HP Matter about the role of real-time information in improving healthcare and how The Machine, HP Labs’ most ambitious computing project yet, could help manage the digital deluge of healthcare informatics.


Read the interview here.


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