Europe RIG

Europe RIG

The Brno Red Hat engineering site collaborates with several universities not only in the Czech Republic and Slovakia but also in Europe. Our long-term partner universities are Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics and Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, but we also cooperate with several other universities, including Czech Technical University in Prague or Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Our engineers lead bachelor and master theses, we cooperate with university laboratories and researchers on projects and grants or sponsor Ph.D. students. We also deliver guest lectures, workshops or even whole courses at universities.

We also support high-school students and teachers, and also organize events for primary schools (for example, on teaching computer science to children).

Europe RIG Meeting [April 2023]

Checkpointing and Rollback-Recovery of Distributed Applications in Kubernetes

Research talk by Radostin Stoyanov, Oxford University

In recent years, containers have gained widespread adoption for developing cloud-native applications and microservices. These applications are typically composed of multiple containers managed by a container orchestration platform. However, the techniques currently offered by container orchestration platforms to replicate containers are insufficient to provide high-availability and strong consistency for distributed stateful applications. In this talk, we will explore how container checkpointing can be utilized to provide fault-tolerance for distributed applications, and discuss some of the benefits and challenges. This talk will also provide insights into how coordinated checkpointing can effectively enhance the reliability and resilience of stateful applications in Kubernetes clusters.

Radostin Stoyanov is a PhD student at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on improving the resilience and performance of HPC and cloud computing systems. Before joining Oxford, Radostin received his MPhil degree in Advanced Computer Science from University of Cambridge, and his MEng degree in Computing Science from University of Aberdeen. His master’s research explored virtualization in programmable network devices and secure image-less container migration.

Related research project: SnappyOS: Fault-Tolerant and Energy-Efficient Framework for HPC Applications

Europe Research Interest Group Meeting [February 2023]

Date: February 9, 2023

Meeting Agenda:

Synergizing MLOPS, DataOps, Data Quality, and Software Engineering: A Research-Driven Approach to ML System Development, Deployment and Maintenance by Bestoun S. Ahmed Al-Beywanee, Karlstad University

This talk will provide a research-focused perspective on MLOPS, DataOps, Data Quality, and Software Engineering synergy. Attendees will gain insights into the latest developments and challenges in these fields from a research perspective and learn about the current state-of-the-art in these areas. The talk will explore how these fields can be integrated to improve the development, deployment, and maintenance of machine learning systems in industry and academia. The talk will highlight the importance of collaboration between data scientists and software engineers and how to establish an MLOPS pipeline from the software engineering and quality assurance perspective. The talk will interest researchers, data scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in learning about the latest research and advancements in these areas and how they can be applied to improve their workflows and outcomes. Several case studies and solutions will be presented from industry-academia collaborations projects.

Bestoun S. Ahmed, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Karlstad University and an excellent researcher at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He spent several years researching abroad in many international institutes and collaborating with many industrial partners. He has a strong background in software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and AI Engineering. He has published several papers in leading journals and conferences in his field and has significantly contributed to developing new algorithms and techniques for solving complex problems. His current research focuses on software engineering for AI solutions and quality assurance in data-driven systems. He is also interested in applying MLOPs on the industrial scale and ensuring high data quality using software engineering concepts.

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Affiliated Universities

Faculty of Information Technology – Brno University of Technology

Faculty of Informatics – Masaryk University

Charles University

Czech Technical University in Prague

Graz University of Technology

University of Žilina


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