VMware and IIT Bombay Collaborate to Create a Platform to Influence and Advance the Practice of Systems Research in India

VMware and IIT Bombay Collaborate to Create a Platform to Influence and Advance the Practice of Systems Research in India

VMware and IIT Bombay say $240,000 investment will be made over two years

VMware has announced that it will support the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Computing Systems Education and Research Lab (CSERL) initiative to create a cohesive platform for computing systems research and education. CSERL at IIT Bombay will receive a grant of USD 240,000 from the VMware University Research Fund (VMURF) to focus on advancing academic and industrial research in foundational technologies such as Modern Enterprise System. This will cover computing, networking, storage and security, multi-cloud, mobile systems, edge, modern applications and data as well as applied technologies such as Blockchain, 5G and 6G.

The relationship aims to advance the field of computer systems, which is underrepresented and could benefit from increased access to opportunities and platforms for students and faculty. VMware has partnered with IIT Bombay for systems research since 2017 and VMURF has funded $275,000 since 2017. The Center for Systems Software Education & Research (CSERL) aims to catalyze interest and potential for work on computer systems in India. The broad scope of CSERL’s activities includes working on cutting-edge research themes and projects in modern computing systems, developing academic programs and content, and providing platforms for learning and collaboration. The objective of research and capacity building activities is to have a positive impact on work capacity in research, academia and industry.

CSERL deployment and operations will include:

  • Increase focus on advancing modern enterprise systems research and engineering development practices;
  • Create an optimal organizational ecosystem at the center to accelerate systems research;
  • Evangelize capabilities in advanced systems research practice in India;
  • Create reference architectures on open innovation platforms to catalyze, advance, accelerate and adapt systems research practices;
  • Design academic programs and content with a specialization in systems; and
  • Conduct outreach activities (annual workshops, summer/winter schools).

Additionally, VMware, as part of philanthropic stewardship, will provide feedback when requested by CSERL when designing curriculum, grouping individual projects under R&D themes, and formulating multi-year projects to large scale. These projects will focus on problem solving and the provision of professional services within the consulting model for industries, consortia and technical committees.

Chris Wolf, Director of Research and Innovation at VMware, said, “India is undoubtedly a global leader in innovation, and we are honored to work with IIT Bombay, one of the leading institutes technology in the country. As part of this relationship, we will evangelize the value of systems research through our pragmatic, results-oriented approach. Since 2017, we have supported IIT Bombay’s efforts to co-create disruptive technologies and accelerate the transformation of ideas into world-class technology solutions. VMware has always aimed to be at the forefront of technological advancements and this partnership will further accelerate the pace at which we bring new technologies to market.

Teacher. Purushottam Kulkarni, Professor, CSE, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay “Today, the field of computer systems is more vital than ever for modern computing needs. The center at IIT Bombay works on several of these research themes: modern cloud service infrastructure, software-defined network operations, micro-architecture-based optimizations, and system performance analysis. While the main trajectory of our work is to work on exciting and new research problems, the center is deeply committed to building capacity and opportunities for students and faculty in this area. VMware has been an invaluable partner on this journey – through collaborative work on research issues, hosting students and faculty, and support to advance broader capacity building goals for all-in-one systems. -one in academic configurations. As we plan to formalize and scale up our efforts, we look forward to continuing this very successful collaboration and continuing to work together on our shared vision.

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