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November 27
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Center for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (CHI): An NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center Webinar

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (CHI) functions to bridge the gap between industry needs and federal and academic research for compute, storage, and network consolidation and full integration to support big data applications with increased efficiency, broad scalability, improved agility, automated configuration management/problem diagnosis, and reduced costs.

CHI will operate through multiple university nodes located at the University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, and Temple University. It will be built upon the research work conducted by the IUCRC Center for Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS). This center established working relationships with several large IT companies, including Intel, IBM, HPE, Dell-EMC, SGI, Cray, Salesforce, Seagate, Veritas, NetApp, HGST, LSI, Samsung, Huawei, and SK Telecom. These companies identified the trend in hyperconvergence and recommended the new direction. This webinar will provide a concise overview of the center’s proposed operation, funding, intellectual property, project selection, and management.

Who Should Participate?

Representatives from

  • Company and National Laboratories;
  • University researchers with similar interests;
  • Government officials who support programs in this area;
  • And any company or organization exploring the economic possibilities and current technical restraints of hyperconvergence.

Participation is free. 

Register today!


David Hung-Chang Du, proposed CHI Director, is the Qwest Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is the Center Director of the NSF IUCRC Center of Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS). He is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. His research areas include mass storage systems, high-speed and sensor networks, cyber security, and parallel/distributed processing.


Narasimha Reddy, proposed CHI Site Director, is a J.W. Runyon Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University and site director of CRIS. He is also the Associate Dean for Research with the Texas A&M Engineering Program and the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives & Centers with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. His research interests are in computer networks, storage systems, multimedia systems, and computer architecture.



Krishna Kant, proposed CHI Site Director, is a professor in the Computer and Information Systems (CIS) department at Temple University, an IEEE Fellow, and site director of CRIS. His recent research interests include sustainability and energy issues in data center design, synergies between computer and logistics networks, storage systems performance and robustness, cloud computing and configuration management security, resilience and performance in high performance computing, communications for disaster management, and smart grid security.

Additional Information

Webinar: UIDP at

About the NSF IUCRC Centers Webinar Series: Hosted by Iowa State and UIDP, The NSF IUCRC Program is supporting a new initiative to feature up to 10 IUCRC Centers in public webinars hosted by Join us for bi-monthly, hour-long webinars to learn more about IUCRC Centers. During the webinars, leading researchers from the various sites will provide a brief overview of the current R&D efforts followed by an open discussion period where attendees can ask questions of the presenters.

For those unable to attend a webinar, all sessions will be recorded for future viewing. Participation is free.

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