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HP Labs at Discover Barcelona 2014 – Sujata Banerjee demystifies SDN for the enterprise



Sujata-Banerjee_web2.jpg“To remain competitive, modern businesses need to make decisions and then put them into practice ever faster – and they need their IT networks to be helping them deliver that agility,” observes Sujata Banerjee, a distinguished technologist and research manager at HP Labs. And yet, she points out, “the network is one of the last places in enterprise IT to respond to that need for change.”


It’s not hard to see why. As Banerjee will explain in a talk at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona next month, enterprise networks have become hugely complex constructions that are both slow and difficult to change.

HP Labs at Discover Barcelona 2014 – Rethinking the Operating System with HP Fellow Tim Marsland



Tim-Marsland_web.jpgAs HP Labs re-envisions computing hardware, building on innovations in processing, connectivity, and memory to create The Machine, it is also undertaking a complete re-evaluation of operating system design.


Attendees of HP Discover 2014 Barcelona have the chance to discuss why such a fundamental rethink is necessary – and explore potential new application architectures that might be enabled by The Machine – in a wide-ranging discussion forum with one of the leaders of HP Labs’ OS research, HP Fellow Tim Marsland.

HP Labs at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona



Less than six weeks separate us from the beginning of HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona, Dec 2-4. Here is a list of the sessions that will be presented by HP Labs researchers. In the coming weeks we will preview each session so be sure to check back for more information about these thought-provoking and forward-looking presentations on the HP Labs technologies you’ll be able to both hear about and see in action in the Discover Zone. Sign up now to be sure you have a spot!


HP Discover Session Catalog


Innovation Theater Session:


Session ID IT6551 - Inventing the future, HP Labs


Bernardo Huberman - Senior Fellow and Director, Mechanisms and Design Lab, HP Labs
Rich Friedrich - Director, Systems Software for The Machine, HP Labs
Sujata Banerjee - Distinguished Technologist, HP Labs

Anuneha Mewawalla - HP Labs Communications

Thursday, December 4, 10:15 AM -- 10:35 AM in the Innovation Theater, Hall 4


HP Discover is all about the future. And HP Labs – HP’s central research arm – is all about the far future. At HP Labs we’re not just looking toward the future, we’re creating it. Join three of HP’s leading Senior Technologists to learn how the IT landscape is evolving and how it will transform your world as you know it.


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.

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