“This is a huge boost for software engineering at UTSA,” said Mark Robinson, assistant professor of practice in computer science. “We will be one of the few institutions in the country to provide this type of technology and training to our students in the classroom. The value for our students as software developers and their future employers will be immense.”
With the Kubernetes cluster, students will be able to deploy containerized projects, applications and systems. When coupled with the supervision and course curriculum provided by UTSA faculty, they will also learn how to use these game-changing tools to build and execute an effective software development and operations pipeline.
Container software, such as Docker, provides cloud environments for containerized applications to run with a variety of features, including storage, automation and management. By isolating applications from the surrounding environment, containers and container software provide greater flexibility for workloads in data centers. Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform that was released in 2013 and designed by Google. It integrates with other container management systems.
The NUCC is a nonprofit organization based in Fullerton, California. It facilitates environments for computer science, engineering and security researchers while providing donated hardware to schools and institutions to augment educational capabilities.
“NUCC is pleased to begin our partnership with UTSA by providing hardware useful to the students and faculty,” said Andrew Sneed ’20, director of civil operations at NUCC. “We look forward to seeing the growth of knowledge among students built on upcycled hardware.”