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The University of Florida; the University of ArizonaRutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Mississippi State University, and Texas Tech University invite industry representatives to join the Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC) Center, a center funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program of the National Science Foundation, CAC members from industry and government, and university matching funds. Operation of the center began in January 2008, having received more than 15 commitments from industry members. Companies and government agencies interested in participating in the Center are invited to become members.

Technical Scope

The scope of the CAC center broadly encompasses cloud computing systems and applications and the use of autonomic computing methods for the management of these and other IT systems. CAC activities on cloud computing cut across several layers of IT systems, including: hardware platforms for computing, storage and networking; design of data centers that aggregate platforms to provide cloud services; systems software and distributed computing middleware providing programming interfaces and management primitives within and across multiple cloud data centers; applications that leverage the on-demand and scalable nature of cloud platforms; and cyber-security. CAC activities on autonomic computing focus on methods, architectures and technologies for the design, implementation, integration and evaluation of computing systems and applications that are capable of achieving desired behaviors without the involvement of users or administrators. At the intersection of cloud computing and autonomic computing, the center's activities aim to achieve self-management capabilities within and across the layers of cloud computing systems and applications in order to enable independent operation, minimize cost and risk, accommodate complexity and uncertainty, and enable systems of systems with large numbers of components.

Benefits of Membership

CAC members are afforded access to leading-edge developments in autonomic computing and to knowledge accumulated by academic researchers and other industry partners. New members will join a growing list of members that currently includes Microsoft, Raytheon, Xerox, RubioPharma, Samsung, Cognizant, FifthGen, the US Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Avirtek.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Collaboration with faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other center partners;
  • Choice of project topics to be funded by members’ own contributions;
  • Formal periodic project reviews along with continuous informal interaction and timely access to reports, papers and intellectual property generated by the center;
  • Access to unique world-class equipment, facilities, and other CAC infrastructure;
  • Recruitment opportunities among excellent graduate students;
  • Leveraging of investments, projects and activities by all CAC members;
  • Spin-off initiatives leading to new partnerships, customers or teaming for competitive proposals to funded programs.

Funding

Per NSF guidelines, industry and government contributions in the form of annual CAC memberships ($35K/year per regular membership), coupled with baseline funds from NSF and university matching funds, directly support the Center's expenses for personnel, equipment, travel, and supplies. Memberships provide funds to support the Center's graduate students on a one-to-one basis, and thus the size of the annual membership fee is directly proportional to the cost of supporting one graduate student, while NSF and university funds support various other costs of operation. Multiple annual memberships may be contributed by any organization wishing to support multiple students and/or projects. The operating budget for CAC is approximately $1.5M/year, including NSF and university contributions, in an academic environment that is very cost effective. Thus, a single regular membership is an exceptional value. It represents less than 3% of the projected annual budget of the Center yet reaps the full benefit of Center activities, a research program that could be significantly more expensive in an industry or government facility.
 
This work is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Office of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Program under award 0758596.



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