Red Hat Research Centre Opens At Newcastle University, Brings Open Source Expertise to Computer Science Faculty


United States, March 3, 2010

Expands Research & Development Initiatives On Cloud Computing, Virtualisation and Middleware Technologies

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the creation of the Red Hat Research Centre (the Centre) at Newcastle University. The Centre is a new initiative which aims to strengthen investment in research on leading-edge enterprise technologies such as grid and cloud computing, virtualisation and middleware technology. Students are also expected to benefit from Red Hat-sponsored PhD scholarships, MSc placements and undergraduate project support.

Building on a long-term successful collaboration between Red Hat and Newcastle University, the Centre will undertake collaborative research and initially employ two researchers with a view to expand the team within the next few years. The Centre will be located within the School of Computing Science and builds on more than two decades of research into distributed systems. Past projects include Professor Santosh Shrivastava’s work on the Arjuna transaction monitor, a technology which was ultimately acquired by JBoss in 2005. The School has also contributed to the internationally-acclaimed work on grid and cloud computing carried out by the North East Regional e-Science Centre.

"Red Hat sees collaboration with academic institutions as a great way to nurture community relations and long-term research into future technologies. Newcastle University, with its tradition of producing top-flight researchers and excellent work in areas of immediate relevance to Red Hat, such as fault tolerance, security and cloud computing, presented a clear choice for partnering to establish the Centre. We look forward to fostering a close and long-standing partnership with the University over the years to come," said Dr. Mark Little, chief technologist, Middleware at Red Hat.

“This partnership with Red Hat acknowledges the quality of research at our university and opens up numerous opportunities for Newcastle University and the wider community. We will be able to tap into funded research tied to real product development and market demands. Furthermore, we expect there to be a positive impact on the regional digital economy through inward investment, job opportunities and building a critical mass of expertise in Newcastle”, added Paul Watson, Professor at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, and Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre.

Red Hat has a tradition of investment in the region, setting up an office in Newcastle after acquiring the transaction monitor from Arjuna Technologies in 2005. Red Hat's Newcastle office has created more than 20 software jobs since 2006 while continuously offering student placements within the organisation. Since its spin-off from the School of Computing Science in 1999, Arjuna’s research has attracted extensive inward investment to the region through the work of HP-Arjuna Labs in Newcastle, and now through the trading revenue and skilled jobs at Arjuna Technologies.

Red Hat has a long-standing record of partnering with academic and research institutions across the globe. The Red Hat Research Centre at Newcastle University follows a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison through which Red Hat and the university collaborate on the open source Condor project, building software tools with a goal of enabling scientists and engineers to increase their computing throughput. Red Hat also recently partnered with Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science to create a state-of-the-art, open source computer laboratory.

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