The Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS) is part of the Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE)  at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).  CROSS enhances BSOE graduate programs by leveraging student research to create the next generation leadership in the open source software community. Our proximity to Silicon Valley allows us to match our world class research expertise with leading tech experts. We draw from this expertise to choose projects that will have maximum real world impact. Our projects are mentored and guided by a team of experts chosen specifically to best ensure success.

CROSS was founded based on the success of former UCSC student Sage Weil and the Ceph storage system. At CROSS, we create open source leaders by blending open source software strategies with graduate-level research in a concentrated environment of mentorship and interaction with world class industry, academia, and open source experts. CROSS transfers cutting-edge technology resulting from student research back to industry via successful open source projects.





CROSS is made up of staff, students, faculty, OSS experts, and industry members interested in assisting the Center reach its goals of supporting OSS related research projects and incubators.



The key CROSS stakeholders are our industry members, our talent (students and post-doctoral researchers) and our academic community here at UCSC.

 For our industry members, the benefits of joining CROSS includes:

  • Ability to leverage open source software to create and shape new markets
  • Opportunity to network with talent and potential recruits
  • Gaining Influence on education, research, and the next generation OSS systems

 For our students and researchers, the benefits of working with CROSS include:

  • Channel for becoming an OSS leader and well-known expert
  • Opportunity to learn how to get systems built
  • Gaining the knowledge of where to find the right tools & technologies

For the academic community, the benefits of being affiliated with CROSS include:

  • Efficient transfer of technology and strengthen beacon of innovation at UCSC
  • Increasing ability to attract and fund talented graduate students
  • Ability to leverage the OSS communities and technologies for education and research


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