IBM India Software Labs (ISL) has set up the IBM Centre
for Advanced Studies (CAS) at its Bangalore facility to
allow universities access to IBM''s leading-edge product
development and the supporting infrastructure, while IBM
has the opportunity to work with academic leaders and
researchers on research projects.
Bangalore CAS, one of the eight such centres opened worldwide,
will offer M Tech, MS and PhD students from premier engineering
institutes in India access to IBM research areas, technical
staff and other resources, with the goal of solving research
problems of the utmost importance to software developers.
in 1990 as part of the IBM Toronto Software Lab, CAS is
established to provide the link between the academia and
the industry. Other CAS sites are located at Austin and
Raleigh (US), Dublin (Ireland), Barcelona (Spain), Ottawa
and Toronto (Canada), and Australia.
this programme we will work closely with universities
in India to create a world-class applied research programme
for developing winning solutions in the academia and IBM,"
says ISL director Dr Uday Shukla. "University researchers
and students provide unique problem-solving approaches
to tackle the challenges technology developers are facing
today. CAS assists them in understanding where their research
activities can be directed, and eventually turned into
strategic products to meet the market requirements today.
developers get a fresh approach to solving their problems,
and university faculty and students can shape their university
work to handle the challenges that exist in the commercial
world. In this way CAS offers a win-win solution to both
IBM and the industry, as well as the academic community."
Bangalore CAS will concentrate efforts around the key
technology areas such as life sciences, autonomic computing,
Web technology standards, pervasive and wireless computing
and grid computing.
example of CAS''s efforts is the autonomic computing capabilities,
which were built into the latest release of DB2 Universal
Database, Version 8. Five years ago, professors and students
from Queen''s University, University of Waterloo and York
University in Canada began to build software that was
smart enough to fix and heal itself, with little human
intervention. Today that technology is an integral part
will be offered to one or more PhD students who will work
under ISL researchers'' supervision. The period of fellowship
will last for six months or longer in ISL, where the student
will work with developers and researchers for research
the past 13 years, CASs, beginning in Toronto, have engaged
in hundreds of research projects with thousands of students
and professors from around the world," says IBM Corporation
CAS programme director Gabby Silberman. "The expansion
to new sites reflects the need to establish cooperative
research partnerships globally, closer to the universities
and the development work being done in those respective
was first established at the IBM Toronto Lab in 1990.
Its mission was to strengthen the links between research
communities and IBM. CAS has been working closely with
academic institutions, as well as corporate, government,
and other IBM research groups on various projects that
relate to the products of the IBM Toronto Lab. Because
of the success of CAS Toronto, several IBM Laboratories
and Research facilities around the world have opened their
partners with IBM labs globally to develop, enhance and
support key IBM products and technologies and is located
at Bangalore and Pune. ISL''s unique portfolio includes
worldwide support for diverse IBM products in areas such
as operating systems (OS/2 and AIX), Web application servers
(WebSphere), distributed file systems, compilers (VisualAge),
office automation products (Lotus SmartSuite) and middleware
technologies like WebSphere MQ and Java. ISL plays a major
role in IBM''s global Linux initiatives and has established
a Linux Technology Centre in Bangalore.