Chris Jackson of Rackspace started a discussion in the OpenStack LinkedIn group* about OpenStack in academic circles. This drew out some researchers, in particular: Todd Deshane (Clarkson U.), Yun Mao (AT&T Labs), and Patrick Wilbur (Clarkson U.). Stefano Mafulli of Rackspace suggested an Unconference session on OpenStack and academia at next week's Design Summit in Boston, and I think that's a great idea. There will be three ISI'ers attending the summit (Joseph Suh, Mikyung Kang, and myself aka Lorin Hochstein), and we're all very interested in advancing OpenStack as a platform for academic research in cloud computing.
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