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HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – Senior researchers to offer “a peek under the hood of The Machine”


Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist


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The opening Innovation Theatre session at HP Discover 2015 will take a “peek under the hood” of The Machine, HP Labs’ biggest research project that is radically rethinking computing for the age of massive data flows.


The June 2nd event brings together a panel of distinguished researchers to discuss how new technologies being developed in HP Labs promise to fuse memory and storage, flatten data hierarchies, bring processing closer to data, embed security throughout the hardware and software stacks, and enable system management at massive scale.


“Last year we gave people a first look at the Machine; this year we’re sharing the progress that we’ve made toward making it a reality,” says HP Labs strategy and communications manager, Martina Trucco, who will moderate the discussion.


“It’s a great chance to hear from researchers from across HP Labs,” Trucco adds. “I hope it will give a sense of the incredible diversity of expertise, interests, and talents that we have working on the various aspects of the project.”


Systems Research project manager Sarah Anthony, who leads hardware prototype research at HP Labs, will speak about the novel hardware being developed for the Machine. Rich Friedrich, director of Systems Software for the Machine, will discuss rethinking how we organize operating systems in order to take full advantage of the Machine’s new hardware capabilities. And the novel applications and use cases that these hardware and OS innovations will jointly enable will be explored by April Mitchell, director of Programmability & Scalable Workload research in HP’s Analytics Lab.


The challenge of managing systems at unprecedented scale, meanwhile, will be addressed by Julio Guijarro, research director for Manageability and Cloud.


Lastly, principal research scientist Pratyusa Manadhata of HP’s Security and Manageability Lab will talk about both the security challenges that inevitably arise when introducing a radically new technology and the almost-unprecedented opportunity it affords to build security into an entire IT system from the very start.


Many of the technologies and research programs discussed by the panel will also be demonstrated in HP Labs’ pavilion in the Discover Zone, Trucco notes.


“Discover is a great chance for us to share HP’s vision for an entirely new approach to computing,” she observes, “but we don’t have to wait for a fully-fledged Machine to get excited. Many of the technologies that we’re featuring in both the panel and in the HP Labs pavilion will be transferred to our businesses along the way.”



The panel discussion – IT 1771 “HP Labs presents a peek under the hood of The Machine, the future of computing” -- will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd, between 10:00 and 10:30 AM in the Innovation Theater. Attendees can view displays and demos of many of the technologies referenced in the session in the HP Labs pavilion in the Discover Zone.



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