McMaster University’s innovative experimental co-location between an academic research centre and a rapidly growing startup company has begun to yield successes.
The university’s Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC) shares space with its founding industry partner (and iF client) Cinnos. CIRC’s team of researchers and students are focused on developing cutting-edge technologies for data centres.
CIRC allows for market opportunities to align with industry research and technology. “It magnifies the impact of research,” ays Suvojit Ghosh, the centre’s co-founder and Executive Director. “Our students not only get a deep and meaningful research experience, but they also learn about the importance of the customer needs and market opportunities in defining and driving that research. These are things that could not happen if CIRC and Cinnos did not share the same space and similar visions.”
Cinnos has developed and commercialized the world’s first data centre appliance that enables immediate deployment and a pay-as-you-grow model for data centre providers. Furthermore, thanks to its proprietary modular design, The Cinnos Smart MCX™ enables immediate deployment of data centres for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission critical facilities (MCF).
CIRC, or the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre at McMaster University, is the first research centre focused on data centre innovations in Canada. CIRC was founded earlier this year, and is mandated to develop, promote, and advocate for technologies and products that eliminate wasteful practices in data centres. The R&D functions of CIRC are unique in their emphasis on market validation from the conceptions stage, ensuring research relevance and guaranteed economic, societal, and environmental impact.
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