The Center for Research in Storage Systems (CRSS) is a partnership between academia and industry to explore and develop new technologies and techniques to improve the manageability, scalability, security, reliability, longevity, and performance of storage systems. CRSS researchers conduct high-quality, industrially-relevant fundamental research, often in collaboration with CRSS industrial members. CRSS also facilitates collaboration in research and education, and provides pathways to simplify direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to its industrial sponsors, helping them to improve their competitive posture in the global marketplace. CRSS also focuses on providing talented graduate and undergraduate students the technical background and industry interaction they will use as they go on to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Recent Research Findings

A random write workload running with and without Ascar

Automatic Storage Contention Alleviation and Reduction system (Ascar) is a novel storage traffic management system for improving the bandwidth utilization and fairness of resource allocation. Ascar regulates I/O traffic from the clients using a rule based algorithm that controls the congestion window and request rates; it requires no runtime coordination between clients or with a central coordinator. Ascar produces rules in an unsupervised manner by systematically exploring the solution space of possible rule designs and evaluating the target workload under the candidate rule sets. Evaluation shows that our Ascar prototype can improve the throughput of all tested workloads – some by as much as 35%. The optimization time and controller overhead are unrelated to the scale of the system; thus, it has the potential to support millions of clients. As a pure client-side solution, Ascar needs no change to either the hardware or server software.

Center for Research in Storage Systems (CRSS)

A partnership between academia and industry exploring and developing new technologies and techniques to improve the manageability, scalability, security, reliability, longevity, and performance of storage systems.

Industry Partners & Sponsors

CRSS facilitates collaboration in research and education, and provides pathways to simplify direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to its industrial sponsors, helping them to improve their competitive posture in the global marketplace.
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Data Storage & Security

CRSS conducts research in a wide range of storage-related fields and applied security, including archival storage, scalable distributed indexing and non-hierarchical file systems, large-scale distributed storage systems, file systems for next-generation storage devices, and data deduplication.
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New Students

The SSRC is looking for talented students who want to study for an M.S. or Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz! Grad students in the SSRC work closely with faculty and other students, as well as with local industry. Our graduates typically have multiple job offers, whether from industry, government, or academia.
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