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HP Labs collaborates with HP Autonomy and HP Vertica to further develop integrated data management

Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist


HP Autonomy logo.jpgA new addition to HP Autonomy’s IDOL (Intelligent Data Operating Layer) search and analytics platform, based on research conducted at HP Labs, is helping realize a vision in data management and analytics.


Today’s information-driven organizations want to shift big data analytics from a function performed only by domain experts to one they can apply to an expanding set of everyday, operational applications. But that requires a flexible, secure, and high-speed data engine that can economically acquire, combine, store and simultaneously analyze structured data, machine data, and new forms of unstructured, human information.


HP Vertica_logo.jpgRecently released as part of the HP IDOL platform, the HP IDOL UDx pack for HP Vertica lets users of the HP Vertica database management platform analyze unstructured data alongside transactional and semi-structured machine data, offering them a 360-degree view of the information they collect. 




An HP Labs collaboration – the Patient Safety Dashboard – improves hospital patient care

Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist


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An article published this week in the medical journal Pediatrics demonstrates the potential for innovations in the field of analytics to positively impact patient health.


With the assistance of HP Labs researchers and funding from HP’s Living Progress, staff at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH), a teaching hospital associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, designed, built, and deployed a real-time patient status system, the Patient Safety Dashboard, in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). 


Replacing the hand-written white boards that track patients in most hospital environments, the PICU digital white board links directly to each patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) and visually alerts care teams to potential complications, using data that is otherwise at risk of being overlooked. As reported in Pediatrics, the Dashboard’s installation resulted in a 70% decrease in catheter-related bloodstream infections, improved adherence to infection-prevention guidelines, and improved communication among medical staff.

The state of 3D printing at HP

It’s the question everyone asks: What is HP doing in 3D printing?


What exactly we’re doing remains very firmly under wraps, but it’s no secret that HP is working on some exciting new technology in this space. HP Labs is contributing some critical pieces of the puzzle, including novel materials designed to allow smooth and resilient components to be produced more rapidly than is possible today.


Over at our sister blog, HP Next, HP Labs Director Martin Fink answers a few questions about the state of 3D printing at HP.



HP Labs Director and CTO Martin Fink


Photography by Richard Lewington

HP Labs research to feature in HP Security Solutions at RSA 2014

Among the new and enhanced HP security products and services debuting at next week’s RSA 2014 Conference in San Francisco is one stemming from a collaboration between HP Labs and leading network security vendor HP TippingPoint.hp_tippingpoint_logo.png


Researchers from HP’s Security and Cloud Lab have teamed with colleagues at Digital Vaccine (DV) Labs, HP TippingPoint’s research arm, to significantly enhance TippingPoint’s HP Reputational Digital Vaccine (RepDV) service. HP RepDV provides security intelligence feeds from a global reputation database, helping enterprise customers actively enforce and manage their reputation-based security policies.


The upgrade will offer a novel way to identify and catalog previously unnoticed malicious domain names and IP addresses – and thereby better anticipate and mitigate hostile attacks on IT systems.


Check back here for the full story soon.



HP Labs' Chief Engineer inducted into Silicon Valley Hall of Fame

Contributed by Richard Lewington, Technical Communications HP Labs  




HP Labs’ Chief Engineer, Chandrakant Patel, was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council at a banquet on February 18, 2014.


Speaking to a room full of his peers at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Chandrakant spoke of finding himself in a “valley of tinkerers” in the 1980s, where the fundamental building blocks of computing were created. He went on to share his vision of inspiring young people to apply information technology to develop solutions to help society, drive economic growth and save natural resources – solutions at the crossroads of people, profit, planet and petabytes!


Bitcoin as a monetary issue

Contributed by Filippo Balestrieri, HP Labs researcher, and Bernardo Huberman, HP Senior Fellow


Bitcoin.pngThe intense controversy about the virtues and flaws of Bitcoin has obscured an important point central to its use as a currency. While the technology in itself is quite brilliant and suggests a number of interesting applications, its monetary aspect has received little attention. Ironically, it is in this domain that the success of Bitcoin as currency is in doubt.


The Bitcoin system relies on a novel and sophisticated solution to an important problem within the field of distributed systems, the Byzantine Generals problem, The solution consists of an algorithm that guarantees the reliable distribution of messages across all the separate units of a network regardless of the trustworthiness of the network communication lines. In principle, this breakthrough should make it easier to implement a wide array of peer-to-peer exchanges that in the past required the presence of reliable mediators.


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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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