The mission of OpenStack Academic Initiative is to provide:
a place for all research academics efforts can be advertised and found, about and around OpenStack (not generic about IaaS or PaaS)
a list of papers published and ongoing research
a list of conferences about cloud
a list of ideas for the companies to sponsor research like a "market"
a place for the companies to say what they need and research can execute
undergrad level, gsoc-style, time starved but there are many of them. it's important to be easy for them to contribute
masters level, more in depth work, empirical studies like performance evaluation
phd level, exploratory type of research
handle the funding, hr tasks, mentoring: who's going to manage this?
mentoring is intense and time consuming, but crucial for the success of research
Advertize this initiative within the wider academic circles
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