Center for Research in Storage Systems

University of California, Santa Cruz

Scope: The primary focus of CRSS is the research of intelligent, advanced storage systems using combinations of new technologies and advanced algorithms to improve the usability, performance, scalability, security, and reliability of information storage.

Center Mission and Rationale

The Center for Research in Storage Systems (CRSS) is a partnership between universities and industry to explore and develop new technologies and techniques to improve the usability, scalability, security, reliability, and performance of storage systems. CRIS features high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. Through innovative education of talented graduate and undergraduate students, CRIS is providing the next generation of scientists and engineers with a broad, industrially oriented perspective on engineering research and practice.

CRSS provides the means for industry and government partners to leverage research and development (R&D) investments with multi-university centers renowned for their innovative research capabilities, while catalyzing discoveries that form the basis for new technologies, stressing partnerships and collaborative research with universities, foundations, private industry, and other federal agencies. The Center is established in a university with strong ties to the storage system industry: Silicon Valley has long been a center of the storage industry in the United States. Research projects in the Center are supported by industrial members, and the Center encourages frequent participation by industry employees in the projects: participation in weekly meetings via phone call, email discussions, and face-to-face meetings. The Center encourages students to engage member companies via summer internships, facilitating technology transfer and building strong ties that can result in full-time employment after graduation. CRSS was established as an NSF I/UCRC in 2013, but it inherits a long legacy of storage systems research from UC Santa Cruz's Storage Systems Research Center and participation in the NSF I/UCRC Center for Research in Intelligent Storage.

Research Program

The Center for Research in Storage Systems explores a wide range of topics in advanced storage system design, including the following:

  • Very large-scale long-term archival storage systems
  • Storage organization for next-generation disk technologies
  • File systems for non-volatile memories (flash, phase-change RAM)
  • Network-attached and object-based storage systems
  • Petabyte-scale high-performance storage
  • Storage systems for genomic data

Within these focus areas, CRSS research is exploring the impact of cross-cutting issues such as:

  • The use of metadata and indexing to facilitate file system search and naming
  • Security and accountability in storage
  • The use of application-specific compression and deduplication to reduce storage demand
  • Storage system reliability
  • Adaptive techniques using machine learning to manage storage systems

Current research projects are listed at the CRSS Web site.

Special Center Activities

The Center sponsors a regular series of seminars on current research topics. These seminars are given by Center researchers (typically faculty and students) and outside researchers, and are available for both in-person attendance and remote attendance via video teleconference.

Facilities and Laboratories

The Center has facilities at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition, the Center maintains a presence at the University of California's Silicon Valley Center, located at the NASA Ames Research Center. The Center's facilities include several small to medium size compute clusters, testbeds for experimentation with disk-based and NVRAM-based storage, and access to the PlanetLab global-scale testbed.

More information

The CRSS membership agreement and current bylaws are available for prospective members to review.

Membership documents

Contact Information

Center for Research in Storage Systems
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Engineering 2 Building, Room 595
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
+1 (831) 459-2817
URL: http://www.crss.ucsc.edu/

Center Sites

University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Director: Ethan L. Miller (elm «at» ucsc.edu, +1 831 459-1222)
  • Assistant Director: Darrell D. E. Long (darrell «at» ucsc.edu, +1 831 459-2616)
  • Administrative Assistant: Cynthia McCarley (cynmccarley «at» soe.ucsc.edu, +1 831 459-2817)
  • Senior Director of Corporate Development, Baskin School of Engineering: Frank Howley (fhowley «at» ucsc.edu, +1 831 459-1769)
Last modified 7 Aug 2017