Intel wants open source in university research programme
Industry has sponsored university research in the past, but Intel has just brought a new twist to the process: open source. Since January, Intel has been funding three US universities to host four ISTCs (Intel Science and Technology Centers) with around $2.5 million a year for five years to research cloud, embedded, secure and visual computing.
But where, in the past, the intellectual property policy would see some sort of split between the university and sponsor, Intel have specified that the preferred IP policy is to open source any significant software and to not file patents, but to publish all patentable inventions. This preference is limited by the fact that it cannot cover existing IP brought into the project and that Intel will be negotiating separate agreements with each of the universities. The program is currently only running in the US, at Stanford (Visual Computing), Berkeley (Secure Computing) and two projects at Carnegie Mellon (Cloud Computing and Embedded Computing). Intel hopes the ITSCs will create new research communities where information and research flows more freely.