HP moves networking research to China

Projects include advanced topics such as global load balancing.

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HP has a little know research lab in Beijing and the focus of this lab has just shifted to networking.  The lab will look at several new projects including an Application Delivery controller (ADC).

The researchers are working on context-aware network optimization technologies to improve the performance of global load balancing and web acceleration features of ADC to realize high efficiency application delivery. The context information includes system, network, and content/application contexts.

Among the other important projects are seamless networking – a topic that has been the focus of many companies including IBM and Intel. Here the goal is to support automatic network discovery and selection as well as seamless handover between heterogeneous wireless access networks without user interference and awareness.

“HP Labs is focused on driving innovation with purpose and aims to deliver technology that is aligned to the economic, social and infrastructure needs of the customers in the  countries where the labs are housed in.  China is home to the world’s largest Internet population and the pace of technology innovation in China is being driven by the development of high-speed broadband networks and rapidly increasing mobile consumption.  Focusing on information analytics and networking research, HP Labs China is growing fast in these two areas and addressing some of the fundamental infrastructure and information management challenges facing the world and China today,” said lab director Min Wang in an interview with S|A.

She also mentions the close relationship between HP and Chinese universities including the Tsinghua University in Beijing.

HP Labs in Beijing is not only focused on networking, but also has a group of researchers studying context-aware computing.

Researchers are working on a wide range of context-aware applications to improve user experiences in web browsing and printing, to recommend relevant content to users, to improve enterprise search and information analysis, and to adapt system behaviors to improve performance.S|A

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