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An HP Labs collaboration creates an award-winning SDN solution for enterprise networks

SDN Optimizer.jpgSoftware-defined networking (SDN) is key to simplifying and automating network operations, thus impacting the future of enterprise networks and cloud computing. Indeed, Cloud service providers are now deploying SDN protocols in  some of the world’s largest datacenters.


A new HP SDN application, based on research conducted at HP Labs, is helping extend that growth to enterprises by automating device-by-device network configuration, thereby simplifying policy deployment, reducing the likelihood of human errors, and making activities like video conferencing and desktop sharing operate far more reliably.


The HP Network Optimizer SDN Application for Microsoft Lync dynamically provisions  network Quality of Service (QoS) policies via the HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller, enabling automated provisioning of the resources needed to make a network run optimally, and thereby both driving business efficiencies and enhancing the experience of network users.


Summer 2014 interns at HP Labs – Phillip Sandborn

Philip-Sandborn_web.jpgPhillip Sandborn is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where his thesis project has him building a next-generation camera-on-a-chip. The son of two electrical engineers, Sandborn grew up in Texas and Maryland before studying for undergraduate degrees in both electrical engineering and math at the University of Maryland. He’s also worked as an intern with the US Army, where he researched field-deployed sensing systems. When he’s not working, Sandborn enjoys backpacking. “Once every two months or so I like to get out in the wilderness for a few days,” he says.


HP: What’s your project this summer?

I’m helping with the characterization of high speed VCSELs. VCSEL stands for Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser and we directly modulate these VCSELs at very high speeds in order to create very fast optical links. What I’m working on specifically is the measurement and modeling of these VCSELs to try and understand the fundamental limitations of these devices. Before I leave at the end of the summer, I’m hoping to model the entire optical link, from the transmitter to the receiver, so that we can predict and optimize the performance of these optical links within our computer systems.

Summer 2014 interns at HP Labs – Yiting Xia

Yiting_web.jpgYiting Xia grew up in the North East of China in the city of Shenyang and majored in telecoms engineering at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Now entering the fourth year of her Ph.D. program in computer science at Rice University, Xia plans to focus her thesis research on optical networking. “I’m interested in how you integrate optical technologies into the data center to accelerate transmission,” she says. When Xia has spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and adding to her already-impressive cooking skills.


HP: Is what you are pursuing this summer related to your Ph.D. work?

It is. Here, I’m also working on integrating optical technologies into datacenters. My project is about how to use inexpensive optical switches in data centers to facilitate run time configuration of the wiring, which should give us lower deployment costs, better fault tolerance, and higher traffic flows.

HP Labs-developed DNS logging security solution showcased at HP Protect 2014



A novel HP security solution, based on research conducted at HP Labs and enabling the detection of hitherto invisible attacks on enterprise networks, was front and center at HP’s Protect 2014 security event in Washington, D.C. this week.


Called out by Senior VP and GM of HP Enterprise Security Products, Art Gilliland, in his conference keynote, the new HP DNS Logging technology is helping speed the detection of malware that typically remains hidden for months, or even years, before it is activated and discovered.


The technology deploys algorithms developed by HP Labs researchers to sift through vast logs of network traffic to find and map out anomalous traffic patterns that can then be checked by security specialists.

Summer 2014 interns at HP Labs – Tosiron Adegbija

Tosiron-Adegbija_2014_web.jpgTosiron Adegbija is almost done with his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida, from which he also received his M.Sc. Before moving to Gainesville, Adegbija studied electrical engineering at the University of Ilorin, in Ilorin, Nigeria, where he also grew up. As the son of two professors and younger brother to two high-achieving siblings, “I’m currently the least educated person in my family, other than my younger brother” he jokes. Adegbija loves to travel, read, and play music in his spare time.


HP: Can you tell us about your Ph.D. thesis research?

My thesis has to do with the dynamic optimization of embedded systems – I work with trying to determine variability in applications and then optimizing the hardware they run on, based on that variability. I’m trying to improve the energy consumption and overall performance of low-powered devices like mobile phones and small computers.

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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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