HP Labs promotes two of its pioneering researchers to senior fellow

From left to right: Chandrakant Patel, HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee and Norman Jouppi.

HP Labs has appointed two of its Lab directors to the rank of senior fellow: Norman P. Jouppi and Chandrakant D. Patel. Jouppi directs HP’s Exascale Computing Lab and Patel directs the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab. As pioneers in their field, Jouppi and Patel have conducted research that has had considerable impact on the technology industry and academia, as well as the evolution of HP’s products and services.

Pushing the boundary on next-generation servers and data centers

Norman Jouppi receiving Senior Fellow plaque from HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee.

Norman Jouppi receiving Senior
Fellow plaque from HP Labs Director
Prith Banerjee.

One of the world’s leading computing architects, Norm Jouppi oversees HP’s research on next-generation servers and datacenters. He leads a cross-disciplinary team of experts in computer architecture, virtualization, networking and programming languages.

Known for his innovations in computer memory systems, Jouppi has been the principal architect and lead designer of several microprocessors. His innovations in microprocessor design have been adopted by many high-performance microprocessor vendors.

Jouppi’s recent research includes the impact of nanophotonic technology on computer systems, applications of new non-volatile memory technologies, heterogeneous chip multiprocessor architectures and blade system architectures. His past research has included significant contributions in computer-aided design, computer graphics, and telepresence.

At Compaq Computer Corp. Jouppi was a staff fellow at the company’s Western Research Laboratory in Palo, Alto, CA; he joined HP in 2002 when the company acquired Compaq. Jouppi has published more than 125 technical papers and holds more than 50 U.S. patents, including one designated a Compaq Key Patent. He has also received an International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Influential Paper Award, as well as several best paper awards.

Jouppi has been actively involved in professional computing organizations and publications. He currently serves on the board of the Computing Research Association and as past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH), and he is on the editorial board of Communications of the ACM and IEEE Micro.

Jouppi received his Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1984, and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1980. As a consulting assistant and associate professor he has taught courses in computer architecture, VLSI, and circuit design at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE.

Leading HP’s effort on sustainable IT

Chandrakant Patel receiving Senior Fellow plaque from HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee.

Chandrakant Patel receiving Senior
Fellow plaque from HP Labs Director
Prith Banerjee.

In his 19 years with HP Labs, Chandrakant Patel has helped establish HP’s leadership in sustainable IT, data center and thermo-mechanical (cooling) technologies. His research focuses on sustainable IT ecosystems and the reduction of carbon emissions throughout the global economy.

Patel has contributed key technologies to HP’s sustainable IT product portfolio and has been a driving force behind the company’s overall sustainability strategy. Most recently, Patel has driven the concept of lifetime “cradle to cradle” consumption of joules of available energy within the IT ecosystem, which is changing the conversation about the role of IT ecosystem in managing global resources.

Patel helped lead HP’s foray into energy-efficient computing by founding HP Labs’ thermal technology research program in the early 1990s, and subsequently the data center architecture program. He foresaw the challenges of high-power density brought on by the miniaturization of semiconductor technologies, and the need to manage IT energy resources more efficiently.

In the late 1990s, Patel’s research focused on the idea of holistically managing available energy as a crucial resource in the data center. His thinking emphasized that “the data center is the computer” and it requires a system for dynamically provisioning computing, power and cooling resources. This led to the creation of HP’s Scalable Computing Infrastructure (SCI) business unit, which now offers a suite of data center design products and services.

When he joined HP Labs in 1991, Patel led the research thermo-mechanical packaging of microprocessors that later contributed to Intel’s Itanium processor, which at the time represented the next-generation of microprocessors. A fellow of the IEEE, Patel has published more than 125 technical papers and has been granted more than 100 U.S. patents.

Patel was awarded the Joel S. Birnbaum Prize in 2005 for outstanding contributions to HP Labs. He is an adjunct faculty member at Chabot College in Hayward, CA, and a lecturer on thermal management at San Jose State University, Santa Clara University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Patel received his M.S. in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University in 1988, B.S in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and A.S in engineering from City College of San Francisco in 1981. He is a registered professional mechanical engineer in state of California.