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Data storage researchers tackle practical problems

by Melissae Fellet

Relationships with storage industry sponsors give UCSC graduate students opportunities to apply their research to real-world challenges

Rekha Pitchumani, a UCSC graduate student in computer science, has been working with Seagate on new data storage technology. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Rekha Pitchumani, a computer science graduate student in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has been developing new data storage technologies in collaboration with Seagate, a leader in the storage industry. Pitchumani’s work on storage technologies at UCSC’s Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC) came to the attention of Seagate representatives at the SSRC’s annual research retreat in 2013. She presented her latest results at this year’s retreat, which took place on Wednesday, May 21, at the Baskin School of Engineering.

In the rapidly evolving field of data storage, the SSRC has been a leading academic research center for more than a decade. Strong relationships with top companies in the storage industry help ensure that SSRC researchers and graduate students are focusing their efforts on important problems and preparing for the challenges of the future, said Ethan Miller, professor of computer science and Pitchumani’s adviser.

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