HP Labs

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HP Labs
HP Labs.png
Formation 1966
Type Research organization
Website http://www.hpl.hp.com/

HP Labs (or HP Laboratories) is the exploratory and advanced research group for Hewlett-Packard. HP Labs operates its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, United States, and has research and development facilities throughout the world. Researchers working at HP Labs are credited with the development of the RISC instruction set, inkjet printing, the first 64-bit computing architecture, memristor and universal memory.

HP Labs was established in 1966 by HP founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard to create an organization focused on the future and not bound by day-to-day business concerns. In 2006, the lab celebrated its 40th anniversary.[1]

Research Areas[edit]

HP Labs is categorized into the following broad areas:

  • Systems Research
  • Security and Cloud
  • Analytics
  • Networking and Mobility
  • Printing and Content Delivery


The following have served as Director of HP Labs since its foundation in 1966.[2]

  • Barney Oliver (1966–81)
  • John Doyle (1981–84)
  • Joel Birnbaum (1984–86 and 1991–99)
  • Don Hammond (1986–87)
  • Frank Carrubba (1987–91)
  • Ed Karrer (1999)
  • Dick Lampman (1999–2007)
  • Prith Banerjee (2007–2012)
  • Chandrakant Patel (interim; April 7 2012 – Nov 2012)
  • Martin Fink (2012–current)

Lab locations[edit]

HP Labs Bristol

HP has laboratories around the globe in three major locations:[3]

In addition to the three major sites, other HP Labs offices can be found in Beijing, St. Petersburg, Princeton, New Jersey, and Barcelona, Spain.


HP Labs has a number of public sector and academic partners, including:[1]

  • CERN, Europe's premier particle physics lab
  • CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
  • Gelato Federation, the global research community for Linux on the Itanium platform
  • PlanetLab Consortium, an open platform for planetary-scale services, and governments around the world.


The research group is organized into five main interconnecting research areas. They include analytics, networking and mobility, printing and content, security and cloud and systems. Current and recent projects include:


  1. ^ a b "About HP Labs". Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Former HP Labs directors". HP. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide sites". Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 

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