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Introducing Loom: A new tool for managing complex systems

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Only a year after its inception, an HP Labs research project has already contributed to the company’s Helion cloud platform and promises to help make The Machine – HP’s vision for fundamentally redesigning computing for the Internet of Things – a reality.

 

The project is designing new software for understanding and managing highly complex systems and its first tool, code-named Loom, was announced at HP Discover in June by HP CTO and Director of HP Labs, Martin Fink.

 

“How do you manage at scale?” asked Fink in his keynote introducing The Machine. “How do you start thinking about the thousands of cores in the system and the petabytes of memory that you have available? As part of our Helion OpenStack product, we’re including a tool from HP Labs called Loom that allows you to manage thousands of servers and 40,000 virtual machines from one simple console.”

HP and San Jose State University pilot METIS, a new platform for delivering educational material

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This summer, a collaboration between HP Labs, HP’s Graphics Solutions business team and San José State University’s School of Information is testing a new platform for delivering educational course materials.

 

“We’re finding that students want to use both digital and print materials in their studies,” explains HP Labs research scientist and project manager Rares Vernica. “Based on that insight, we’ve combined the two to create a hybrid learning tool, called METIS that we hope will be a new kind of platform for content delivery in education.” 

The attention economy

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A daunting consequence of the ubiquity of digital media is that information, which used to be scarce and therefore valuable, is now so common as to be almost devoid of monetary value.

 

Today, search engines, billions of websites, social networking, and micro-blogging provide us with myriad ways of taking care of our most complex informational and entertainment needs. What is now scarce, and therefore valuable, is our attention, which explains the intense efforts being made to obtain it through focused advertising, pop-ups, short videos embedded in news portals and, most disheartening, spam.

 

As most commercial enterprises make websites their main point of connection with customers, their ability to draw our attention to their most valuable and important products can trump even price advantage (since there’s no value in having added features or discounts if a product or service is not noticed). As a result, their success typically requires our noticing their products while experiencing a simple, aesthetically pleasing and useful interaction with the website.

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HP Labs and HP IT launch Trafodion, an open source transactional database, built on Hadoop

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Declaring it “by far and away the coolest project at Discover,” HP CTO and Director of HP Labs Martin Fink recently announced the public beta release of Trafodion, an open source SQL-on-HBase data management engine that enables real-time transactional processing  on a massive scale.

 

Speaking at Discover 2014 in Las Vegas, Fink predicted Trafodion will redefine data processing. “If you are building a new application that focuses on Big Data, the odds are you are also going to need transactions as part of that application,” he said. “We’re giving you the tool to have an enterprise-grade, at-scale transaction system.”  

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HP Labs and Swansea University to jointly develop a situationally-aware, sustainable campus

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From left to right, David L Morgan, HP Wales; Dr Amit Mehta, College of Engineering, Swansea University; Dr Amip Shah, who leads IoT research at HP Labs; Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University; Professor Javier Bonet, Head of the College of Engineering, Swansea University; Mateen Greenway, HP Fellow and CTO, HP Future Cities.

 

HP Labs and Swansea University’s College of Engineering have announced an exclusive three year joint research program aimed at fostering innovation in intelligent communications, data analytics, green sensors, and cyber security.

 

The project initially establishes a new research testbed for exploring technologies that lower energy consumption and support the production of clean energy. A second phase will install and evaluate instantiations of these technologies on the Welsh university’s new £450m ($800m) Science and Innovation Campus, one of the top five knowledge economy-based projects currently under development in Europe.

 

“Developing an intelligent, secure, situationally-aware, and power-saving campus aligns directly with HP’s vision of future cities,” says Amip Shah, who leads Internet of Things research at HP Labs. “It’s wonderful to be able to expand our testbed capabilities and it will be exciting to see the ideas we jointly develop explored in a real-world setting.”

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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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