About New Direction

Center for Research in Composable Infrastructure (CRCI): Vision & Goals

  • Purpose: perform research on the virtualization, software definition and integration of compute, storage and networking systems with a focus on cloud-edge computing and big data use cases.

  • Establish UMN CRCI in 2021 strategically aligned with Texas A&M and Temple with two objectives:
    • “Full Speed Ahead” with UMN CRCI research in 2021 (10+ PhD students)
    • NSF IUCRC approval in 2022
  • Submit CRCI proposal to NSF in 2022 (UMN, Texas A&M & Temple)
    • Research theme will be refined based upon members’ interests
    • Preliminary proposal in March & full proposal in June

CRCI Structure & Operations Proposal

  • Building upon CRIS
    • Same operating model & member benefits 
  • Six UMN computer science faculty specializing in: mobile & cloud systems & applications; computing, networking & data storage architectures 
  • Goal: recruit six member companies in 2021/2022

CRCI Member Benefits

  • Supplement your company’s basic research effort in developing & transferring knowledge
  • Support development of & access for recruiting future scientists & engineers
  • Collaboration with a PI & student to define & direct a research project
    • Member pays $50K per year
  • Non-exclusive, royalty free license for all IP
  • Attend:
    • Bi-annual IAB meetings to review all projects, assess/influence Center direction & network with industry colleagues
    • Bi-annual virtual interim IAB meetings to review/recommend new research proposals & assess/influence Center direction
    • Annual workshop on Composable Infrastructure trends