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HP Labs celebrates 30 Years of innovation in Bristol



HP Labs this summer marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of its Bristol, UK lab, the company’s first research facility to be based outside the US. A full day of celebratory events at the lab included a lunch for current employees and an evening reception that welcomed back former colleagues who had worked in the lab over the last three decades.


“HP Labs Bristol has built for itself an enviable reputation for successfully addressing real-world problems in concrete terms,” noted Martin Sadler, director of the Bristol Labs site on the occasion of the anniversary. “This was a great opportunity to recall the achievements we’ve all shared in the past, to take pride in where we are today, and to look forward to the exciting future ahead.”

Memory-Driven Computing – How will it impact the world?

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Just recently, I was invited to present a paper at a joint meeting of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Rebooting Computing group. Each plays a critical role in bringing together academics, industry researchers, and government agencies to help shape the development of, respectively, semiconductors and computer architecture.


We met over a weekend at Stanford University in the hope of pioneering new approaches to computing in the face of the impending end of semiconductor scaling and guided by the notion that we can't rely on our past trajectory to plot our future course. To paraphrase Dr. Carlo Gargini, founder and past chair of the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, "We used up twenty years worth of scaling techniques in ten years chasing after server performance, and we knew we were doing it at the time, and so now we have to ask ourselves what do we do next?"

HP Labs Bristol hosts future engineers, leaders in scholarship, government, and defense




The last six months have seen a wide range of visitors to HP Labs Bristol, reflecting the site’s role as a key player in European industrial research, education, and public affairs.


Late last year, the UK lab helped launch Go4SET (Go for Science, Engineering and Technology), a scheme developed by the national Engineering Development Trust and the United Kingdom Electronic Skills Foundation to encourage secondary school students to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology. Students are challenged to design and develop environmentally-themed projects, which they do with help and guidance from a professional engineer.


To mark Go4SET’s launch, seven teams of students from local secondary schools traveled to HP Labs Bristol to take part in a series of presentations and workshops designed to help them kick-start their projects.

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.


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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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