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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.


Researcher Kate Mallichan joins HP Labs

Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist



While in high school in the UK, Kate Mallichan attended a Women in Engineering summer program at Bristol University. “I was really interested in math and science,” she recalls, “but at that point I wasn’t sure what sort of career I wanted to have. Then one of the places we visited was Bristol’s Computer Science department, and it really clicked with me that this was what I wanted to do.” Mallichan subsequently earned a MEng in Computer Science at Bristol before gaining experience as a software developer in a wide range of fields – working on Windows mobile devices, developing mission planning software for the Royal Air Force, and creating multi-tier web applications and front-end software for the UK Highway Agency’s traffic monitoring systems. Two years ago, she was hired by HP Labs to work on the European BonFIRE Cloud testbed project, and then just recently she became one of HPL’s newest full-time hires, working in the organization’s Security and Cloud Lab in Bristol. We caught up with her recently to learn more about her research and other interests.  


HP: What first got you interested in computers?

I think it started in elementary school. I remember playing games on the really old computers we had there and I was really drawn to it. Then, at secondary school, I learned BASIC using books I borrowed from the library and I realized that computers can help you do an awful lot of things. I started to make text-based games and do things like put passwords on my discs – it was exciting to see how they could help you both be in control and creative.

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  • Managing Editor, Innovation @ HP Labs blog, Strategic Planning manager at HP Labs
  • 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.