Education, research, and technology transfer in open source software: new possibilities for universities


Event details

Date and time 24.10.2019 15:15  
Place and room
Speaker Prof. Carlos Maltzahn
Category Conferences - Seminars
The efficiency and speed of large communities that drive open source software projects such as Linux are hard to beat by individual companies. The robustness of these projects creates high valuations for companies who learned how to leverage these projects (e.g. IBM acquiring Red hat for $34-billion). But in universities we are just beginning to discover the new possibilities of open source software in education, research, and technology transfer. In education, open source software can be studied in class rooms and students can learn how to productively interact with open source software communities. Communities have developed tools which allow for fast orchestration and deployment of complex software systems in classrooms and can serve as a new kind of media for deep understanding. In research, open source software is commonly used to implement prototypes, run experiments and analyze data. But open source software can encompass entire experiments that, using orchestration and deployment tools, can be replicated by researchers and students alike. In technology transfer, promising software research prototypes can be made highly usable and useful by industry/university cooperative research centers that provide opportunities and funding for building developer communities for those prototypes.

In this talk I will present two examples of those new possibilities: first I will give an overview of the Center for Research in Open Source Software ( which I founded four years ago within UC Santa Cruz. CROSS successfully introduced an industry-sponsored research and incubator program currently funding four research fellows and three incubator fellows. In the second example, I will provide a closer look at one of the incubator projects which is providing programmable storage for databases and file systems (SkyhookDM) and how it relates to one of the research projects on “eusocial storage devices” that can act collectively.
Carlos Maltzahn is the founder and director of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS). Dr. Maltzahn also co-founded the Systems Research Lab, known for its cutting-edge work on programmable storage systems, big data storage & processing, scalable data management, distributed system performance management, and practical replicable evaluation of computer systems. Carlos joined UC Santa Cruz in 2004, after five years at Netapp working on network-intermediaries and storage systems. In 2005 he co-founded and became a key mentor on Sage Weil’s Ceph project. In 2008 Carlos became a member of the computer science faculty at UC Santa Cruz and has graduated nine Ph.D. students since. Carlos graduated with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


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