Commercial Systems Versus Research

Comments on the use of commercial hardware or software in a university research context.

I’m so glad you asked! ­čÖé

Research according to the dictionary implies an investigation or collection of information.  Research in science and engineering often also involves building or designing or trying something new that has never been considered before.  If you purchase a closed commercial system as the platform upon which to do your research there are many risks:

  • Risk that the system won’t do all that you need it to do.
  • Risk that you won’t be able to get the level of internal access you

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