On December 15, 2021, the Red Hat Collaboratory at Boston University announced the inaugural recipients of the Red Hat Collaboratory Research Incubation Awards, kicking off an exciting start to the expanded partnership between Red Hat and Boston University. The program, which aims to advance research in open source cloud computing systems, awarded $2.3M to 16 projects that will be driven by collaboration between Boston University faculty and students, Red Hat engineers, and industry collaborators. The response to the program’s Request for Proposals, announced in September, exceeded expectations, resulting in a competitive review process.
“I am really excited to be part of this first-ever Red Hat effort to make research funding decisions and promote new projects based on joint review between our engineers and Boston University researchers,” said Hugh Brock, Director of Research at Red Hat and Co-Director of the Red Hat Collaboratory. “We are going to see a compelling range of projects across the hybrid cloud space, all of which have appeal both to researchers looking to discover new things and to engineers trying to make practical innovations in open source.”
Awarded projects span a range of topics, including the use of artificial intelligence to improve cloud operations, hardware stack innovation, energy and performance behavior of open-source stream processing platforms, and more. Over the coming weeks, project pages for awarded projects will be added to research.redhat.com. Please also stay tuned for events and other opportunities to learn about these projects and ways to get involved. If you are interested in exploring collaboration opportunities on these, or other research projects, please contact Heidi Picher Dempsey, Research Director of the Northeast U.S. for Red Hat.