Cyberinfrastucture Research & Innovation Lab

The mission of the Cyberinfrastructure Research and Innovation (CRI) Lab at the Boston University Hariri Institute for Computing is to conceive, develop, and operate innovative, open, and deeply programmable end-to-end computing, networking, and storage cyberinfrastructure technologies and testbeds.

In collaboration with industrial partners and regional and national consortia, the CRI Lab pursues focused projects that leverage the systems, networking, software development, and data management expertise and capacities available through BU Hariri Institute for Computing and BU Information Services & Technology to satisfy the cyberinfrastructure needs and wants of domain scientists, and to enable key advancements in computational, data-driven science and engineering research, education, and training.

A partnership between the Hariri Institute for Computing and IS&T, the lab provides a home for projects that involve the building of platforms and testbeds that may serve not only the computing and engineering communities but also domain scientists from other disciplines. Examples include a software-defined network management and orchestration platform, a real-time embedded operating system, a software-defined social-network data acquisition system, a workload scheduling and management system,  and a programmable sensor-network infrastructure.

The CRI Lab leverages and coordinates resources available from the Hariri Institute, IS&T, and external partners in support of projects pursued by any faculty member interested in developing new cyberinfrastructure capabilities by:

  • Leveraging IS&T expertise (e.g., advanced computing, networking monitoring capabilities, data acquisition capabilities, etc.)
  • Leveraging SAIL expertise and resources in software design and engineering
  • Connecting BU faculty across a wide range of application domains for enhanced collaboration
  • Connecting faculty with strategic corporate partners as providers or co-developers of special capabilities for projects
  • Connecting faculty with regional and national research and education networking organizations (e.g., Internet2, EDUCAUSE)