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A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing and HP Labs establish Shared Services Platform Lab in Singapore - 14th June 2006

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing and HP
Labs establish Shared Services Platform Lab in Singapore
Research collaboration reinforces Singapore’s attraction as a global research and info-communications hub

Singapore, 14 June 2006 – A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and HP Labs have signed a three-year research agreement to establish the HP Shared Services Platform Laboratory (HP SSP Lab) in Singapore. This initiative is expected to help put Singapore on the world map in frontier research work on next generation data centre and grid-related technologies. The agreement was signed by Mr Boon Swan Foo, Managing Director of A*STAR and Mr Dick Lampman, Senior Vice President of Research, HP, and Director, HP Labs.

The joint R&D laboratory will initially be located at IHPC. IHPC and the laboratory will be relocated to Fusionopolis when Phase 1 of Fusionopolis opens in late 2007. Fusionopolis is an info-communications and digital media hub where companies, corporate labs and A*STAR’s research institutes will co-locate, sharing state-of-the-art facilities and test-bedding infrastructure.

The HP SSP Lab, powered by machines like HP Blade servers running on AMD processors, will drive technologies to meet the demands of a diverse and multidisciplinary community in physical sciences, engineering, info-comms, digital media and enterprise. This is a major step in advancing grid utility technologies in Singapore.

A combined team of more than 30 researchers from IHPC and HP Labs will develop technology-based software tools and platforms that are intended to provision compute capabilities and software in a shared services delivery model. This collaboration is aimed at developing management software for “next-generation data centres” that run continuously, reliably and securely with minimal staffing.

Mr Boon Swan Foo, Managing Director of A*STAR said, "Singapore recognizes the importance of utility computing in the scientific and business communities. We hope this collaboration will position Singapore as one of the leaders in cutting-edge data management service technologies.”

“This is the culmination of a year’s collaboration based on a virtual lab concept. We are pleased that HP Labs has decided to join us as a major partner in Fusionopolis,” Mr Boon added.

IHPC has been engaged in developing various software components that could be used to coordinate distributed resources and services. These components enable the resources to communicate in standard language, discover available resources and services in a virtual, dynamic environment, whilst co-operating with one another to execute an IT/compute job. Significantly, these components allow virtual resources to be shared within a multiple-domain community of users in a transparent manner. As such, IHPC will be working with HP Labs to fully automate the creation, deployment, monitoring and management of such shared services deployed at Fusionopolis.

“HP wants to help our enterprise customers solve their business challenges through automation tools that will allow them to create an agile, cost-effective and predictable IT service environment,” said Mr Dick Lampman, Senior Vice President of Research, HP, and Director, HP Labs. “We hope through this collaboration with A*STAR in Singapore that we can generate some of the next-generation IT technologies, that will serve the needs of the public and business communities here and around the world.”

The HP SSP Lab brings new research capabilities to the company"s already established R&D, manufacturing, Asia Pacific and Japan hub facilities in Singapore. HP has been in Singapore for the past 36 years and this HP SSP Lab builds on long established relationships with the Singapore government agencies.
 

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