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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 Protection 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 - Data Prefetching (completed end of 2017) Jinchun Kim, Mian Qin / Dr. Narisimha Reddy & Dr. Paul Gratz Dell-EMC Sep 2015
TX A&M - Peripheral Memory Management Unit Fei Wen, Mian Qin / Dr. Narisimha Reddy & Dr. Paul Gratz Dell-EMC Nov 2015
Temple - RAID Harmony Cache Tanaya Roy / Dr. Krishna Kant Dell-EMC Oct 2015
UMN - TxRAID Low Cost Write Hole Protection for Software RAID Alireza Haghdoost / Dr. David Du Dell-EMC Oct 2014
Temple - Provenance Directed Data Prefetching Dusan Ramljak / Dr. Krishan Kant HPE Oct 2015
Temple -Intelligent Server-Side Caching for Program Development Environments Dusan Ramljak, Lu Pang, Jiacheng Shang / Dr. Krishna Kant Huawei Oct 2017
UMN - NoSQL Data Base HBase Performance Optimization on Top of Key Value Store Zhichao Cao / Dr. David Du Huawei Mar 2017
CLOUD & BIG DATA UMN - Software Defined Storage in the New Cloud with Docker Hao Wen / Dr. David Du HPE Apr 2017
UMN - Ceph Bluestore with NVMe SSDs Fenggang Wu / Dr. David Du Salesforce Aug 2017
Temple - Intelligent Caching in the Ceph Distributed Storage System Madhurima Ray, Lu Pang / Dr. Krishna Kant Salesforce Oct 2017
TOOLS UMN - Block I/O Workload Replay Tool Bingzhe Li / Dr. David Lilja IBM Apr 2016
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. IBM
  6. Salesforce
  7. Samsung
  8. Seagate
  9. 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