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HP Labs researchers pilot a novel education platform at “Superhero School”



Researchers from HP Labs recently taught a pair of coding classes at “STEAM LEADS,”a pilot STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enrichment program for middle school students offered by the Cupertino Library in Cupertino, California.


Led by HP Printing and Content Lab senior research scientist Rares Vernica, the workshops were part of set of activities built around the subject of honey bees in which students were challenged to “bee a Superhero” by learning about the value and vulnerability of the important pollinators.


For the HP-led classes, all the instructional materials were built on and delivered through HP METIS, a hybrid learning platform being developed by HP Labs.



The Machine project is accelerating



On the heels of the latest edition of HP Discover in Las Vegas during which HP CTO and Director of HP Labs Martin Fink announced that a working prototype of The Machine would be ready in time for next year's event, he also provided a progress report on The Machine project in a post on the HP Next blog.


The key takeaways by Fink are that "the heart of The Machine is memory" and that therefore "The Machine architecture needed a new name: Memory-Driven Computing." The Memristor availability won't impact the timing of The Machine project. We want as many people to be able to start working in a Memory-Driven world as soon as possible and we can use DRAM initially to emulate Memristors.


Read the full post here.


HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – Sharing HP’s strategic vision for open source software development

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“Establishing and maintaining a strong strategic commitment to open source software used to be just an option for major technology companies,” suggests Bdale Garbee, an HP Fellow in the office of HP CTO and HP Labs director, Martin Fink.. “But today, it’s a business imperative.”


Companies are currently looking to develop faster-paced, ever more responsive ways of working, notes Garbee. “And because almost no one can afford to write all the code required to create these dynamic new IT infrastructures from scratch,” he says, “very often the only way we can develop them is via a commons of collaboratively developed and maintained software components from which we can pick and choose what we need.”


In a talk next week at HP Discover 2015, Garbee and Paul Holland, Director of HP’s Open Source Program Office, will jointly outline HP’s current approach to, and future plans for, this increasingly important model of software development.





Above the Clouds: What Modern IT Portends



The explosion in Cloud computing threatens to make traditional business models and practices in information technology obsolete.


What once was only available to large sophisticated businesses is now accessible to many with a connection to a cloud service and access to open source software.


These shifts imply that value cannot only come from building and selling large complex systems and computing resources. Increasingly, value is being generated from novel mechanisms and business models that are built around this rapidly commoditizing information technology rather than the machines themselves. Chiefly among them, we envision the rise of outcome-based services, i.e. services that can be purchased at different price points depending on the output quality-level selected.


HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – HP Labs Pavilion to showcase new technologies for The Machine

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The HP Labs Pavilion at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas will feature many of the technologies set to power The Machine, HP’s ambitious research project to radically rethink computing.


Located in the Discover Zone expo area, the pavilion will offer demos, prototypes, mock-ups, and simulators showcasing some of the novel hardware and software innovations being developed by HP researchers to enable the collection, processing, storage, and analysis of data at unprecedented scale and speed.


“We’re excited to be sharing some of the real progress that we’ve made in the year since we announced The Machine,” says HP Labs strategy and communications manager Martina Trucco, who will also moderate a discussion panel offering ‘A Peek Under the Hood of The Machine’ in the Innovation Theater on Discover’s opening day.

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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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