HP Labs

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HP Laboratories
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Successor Hewlett Packard Labs and HP Labs
Formation 1966
Dissolved November 1, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-11-01)
Type Research organization
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
HP Labs
Predecessor HP Laboratories
Formation 1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)
Type Research organization
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Website www.hpl.hp.com
Hewlett Packard Labs
Predecessor HP Laboratories
Formation 1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)
Type Research organization
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Website www.labs.hpe.com

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

Hewlett Packard 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.[1]

Research areas[edit]

Hewlett Packard Labs is categorized into the following broad areas:

  • Systems Research
  • Security and Manageability
  • Analytics
  • Networking and Mobility
  • Design and Mechanisms

The Machine[edit]

Hewlett Packard Labs is developing a new computing architecture nicknamed "The Machine". It will be "using electrons for computation, photons for communication, and ions for storage."[2] Technologies involved are communication through Light (fiber optics), single flash memory for both storage and RAM (ReRam), silicon photonics, and an NVM-aware operating system, Linux++.[3]


The following have served as Director of HP Labs since its foundation in 1966.[4]

  • 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

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has laboratories around the globe in three major locations:[5]

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:


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