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Posts about next generation technologies and their effect on business.

POD-Works: a factory for data centers

I came across this video about HP’s efforts to support containerized data centers and it looked worth sharing.



Although the concept of a containerized data center has been around for a while, this assembly line approach to creating Performance Optimized Datacenters (POD) is definitely a sign of how the concepts behind private clouds or data centers are changing.

New generations of containerized computing approaches can help address the fact that time to market for data centers can be an important attribute of getting new functionality on line, we're definitely moving beyond the early days of canned compute. Since Purdue is using PODs, I knew they had to be good (alumni plug).

Since the interfaces for these PODs can be standardized, whole new levels of automation, monitoring, operational efficiency and bundled solutions are possible.

More on flexible electronics

255i52B5070AA052599EIn the July/August MIT Technology Review was an article Inexpensive, Unbreakable Displays that discussed some of the efforts at HP to create a process for roll-to-roll silicon electronics on plastic. The full article goes into quite a bit of detail about the process as well as some of the potential applications. No doubt, it is quite a shift from the brittle single crystal silicon solutions in electronics today.


Although it looks like silver wrapping paper, the material created by this process contains thousands of silicon transistors per square inch. One of the applications for this 'roll' are electronic displays that are lighter, lower cost and applicable to more applications. There are efforts for color as well as black and white.


More about this effort can be found in this article about electronic paper, including a brief video about the effort.It is one of many efforts by HP related to flexible displays


The question is - what is the next usage we haven't thought of yet?


Printing Transistors

Please note - this is a repost of the 5/29/10 entry

Quantum teleportation achieved over 16 km

This post in describes a Chinese experiment that sent information using Quantum teleportation over a 16km distance. This "spooky action" has some advantages (like security) to transferring information. It is definitely years away from commercial viability, but it is interesting.

This article has much more detailed information about the Chinese experiment

Remote robotic presence

I came across this short video and article:



Anybot's remote presence robot “allows a telecommuting worker to remotely attend meetings, drop into the offices of colleagues, and otherwise collaborate with people in an office.”

It made me think about all the remote presence activities (like Halo and Skyroom) we have going on in HP and how this would fit in. I can just see a whole slew of these trying to jam their way into a meeting room or running around the relatively empty hallways of the various HP campuses.




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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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