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Internet Pioneer David Reed Joins HP Labs

Networking Research Expected to Enhance HP Adaptive Enterprise Technologies


PALO ALTO, Calif., July 8, 2003 - HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that David Reed, one of the pioneers of the Internet, has joined HP Labs.

Reed is recognized as a worldwide expert on networking and contributed significantly to the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) technology that underlies today's Internet and World Wide Web.

"We're honored to add another one of the computer industry's true luminaries to our team here at HP Labs," said Dick Lampman, senior vice president, research, and director, HP Labs. "We believe David's continuing work on networks will enhance the HP Adaptive Enterprise architecture and lead to improved return on information assets for our enterprise customers."

Reed has been named an HP Fellow, reporting to Patrick Scaglia, vice president of the Internet and Computing Platforms Research Center at HP Labs. He also will continue as adjunct professor in the Viral Communications group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where HP is a major corporate sponsor. Reed also will co-direct the MIT Communications Futures Program.

"David's deep knowledge of networking will be a tremendous asset as we continue to develop adaptive enterprise technologies that help our customers increase their business agility and utilization of their IT resources," said Scaglia.

"I've had the chance to work closely with smart people from HP Labs and HP, Compaq, and Digital many times during the last 25 years when I was at MIT, Software Arts, Lotus and Interval Research. I've always respected HP's ability to transfer technology from the Labs into the businesses," said Reed. "That's more true today than ever before -- HP's enormous breadth and depth gives it unique leverage to turn new ideas and research results into technologies that really change the world. I'm really excited and inspired by the opportunity to help invent information systems that may scale to a planet-wide scope."

Reed's research focuses on designing systems that manage, communicate and manipulate information shared among people. He is best known for co-developing the Internet design principle that underlies today's Internet and for "Reed's Law," an assertion that the utility of large networks scales with their size - that is, the larger they are, the more useful they become.

His research at HP Labs will concentrate on network adaptivity and scalability. He also will work on wireless network architectures, one of his key interests for many years.
Reed has been an independent consultant for many years. He also served as senior research scientist at Interval Research Corporation and as vice president and chief scientist for Lotus Development Corporation. Previously, he was vice president of research and development and chief scientist at Software Arts.

He was a faculty member in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from 1978 to 1983, working in the Laboratory for Computer Science. He has earned bachelor's, master's, electrical engineering and doctoral degrees in EECS.

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