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AcademicInitiative

OpenStack Academic Initiative

Mission:

  • provide a place for all research academics efforts can be advertised and found, about and around OpenStack (not generic about IaaS or PaaS)
    • a list of papers published and ongoing research
    • a list of conferences about cloud computing
  • maintain a list of ideas for the companies to sponsor research,like a "market"
  • a place for the companies to say what they need and research can execute
    • undergrad level, gsoc-style, time starved but there are many of them. it's important to be easy for them to contribute
    • masters level, more in depth work, empirical studies like performance evaluation
    • phd level, exploratory type of research
  • handle the funding, hr tasks, mentoring: who's going to manage this?
    • mentoring is intense and time consuming, but crucial for the success of research
  • provide resources, like hardware for tests, for researchers
  • advertise this initiative among researchers
    • Example: setup OpenStack tracks at a couple of relevant conferences

Research Areas

Openstack is a very nice platform that could be leveraged by Academia for various research projects. Areas include:

  • (General) Distributed Systems
  • Scalable data layer
    • CS.Princeton (Arpan Ghosh)
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Policy and languages
  • Algorithms
    • Resource Allocation
    • Scheduling
    • Network optimization
  • Data mining and machine learning
    • Monitoring and data collection of large data centers
    • Mining patterns from collected data and applications e.g. anomaly detection etc.

Next steps:

Identify the group responsible for this initiative and define action items, deadlines and deliverables. Join the OpenStack Academia team on Launchpad https://launchpad.net/~openstack-academia and subscribe to the mailing list there to further the discussion.