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About CRIS

The Center for Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS) is a partnership between universities and industry, featuring 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.

Center Mission

The goal of the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS) is to push the boundaries of file, memory and storage systems by exploring and developing new technologies and techniques to improve the usability, scalability, security, reliability, and performance of storage systems.

The Center was established in 2009 at the University of Minnesota a university with strong ties to the storage system industry: Minneapolis has long been a center of the storage industry in the United States. Texas A&M and Temple University joined the center in 2014. 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

Center Research Portfolio

Research Pathway Research Project Title Students / Advisors Sponsors Start Date
NEW STORAGE DEVICES UMN - New Storage Devices Baoquan Zhang, Fenggang Wu, Xuchao Xie, Hebatalla Eldakiky / Dr. David Du Seagate Nov 2015
TX A&M - Data Redundancy for Key-Value Device Mian Qin / Dr. Narisimha Reddy & Dr. Paul Gratz Samsung Mar 2017
UMN - Database Application Accelerators in Solid-State Disks Jinfeng Yang / Dr. David Lilja Intel Aug 2016
NEW STORAGE HIERARCHIES TX A&M - Virtualization of NVM Jaemin Jung, Chih Chieh Chou/ Dr. Narisimha Reddy & Dr. Paul Gratz HPE Sep 2015
UMN - Storage System Design with Hybrid Memory Ming-Hong Yang / Dr. David Du HPE Jun 2017
TX A&M - Peripheral Memory Management Unit Fei Wen, Mian Qin / Dr. Narisimha Reddy & Dr. Paul Gratz Dell-EMC Nov 2015
Temple - Provenance Directed Data Prefetching Dusan Ramljak, Jit Gupta / Dr. Krishan Kant HPE Oct 2015
Temple -Implementation of Intelligent Caching in Huawei's Storage System Dusan Ramljak, Jit Gupta / Dr. Krishna Kant Huawei Oct 2017
Temple -Storage System Heat Analysis and Prediction Lu Pang, Anis Alazzawe, Tanya Roy Dusan Ramljak / Dr. Krishna Kant Dell EMC Oct 2018
CLOUD & BIG DATA UMN - Enhanced Kubernetes Support on Storage Hao Wen / Dr. David Du HPE Apr 2017
TOOLS UMN - HyperProtect: An Automatic Data Protection Yaobin Qin / Dr. David Lilja Veritas Jan 2017


The Center is primarily supported by its industrial membership and by funding from the National Science Foundation. The Center is part of the Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC) at NSF.

Current CRIS Members

Currently the center is supported by the following industry members.

  1. Dell-EMC
  2. HPE
  3. Huawei
  4. Intel
  5. Samsung
  6. Seagate
  7. Veritas

CRIS Storage Workshop

CRIS Storage Workshop 2013 - Storage and Big Data

CRIS Storage Workshop 2014 - Future Challenges for Storage

CRIS Storage Workshop 2016 - Big Data and Storage Systems

CRIS Storage Workshop 2017 - Cloud Computing and Storage Systems

CRIS Storage Workshop 2018 - Hyperscale Data Centers and Storage Systems